Gauntlet Gets a Major Facelift For Steam

Gauntlet Gets a Major Facelift For Steam

The famous arcade dungeon-brawler Gauntlet is being "completely modernized" for a Steam release later this year.

If you passed any time at all in arcades back in the 80s or 90s, you probably ran across Gauntlet, a behemoth of a machine that let four players team up to crash through top-down dungeons overflowing with endless hordes of monsters. Despite its fantasy trappings it was a pure action game, with only minor differences separating the four character classes: Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie and Elf.

A dramatically updated version of that multiplayer mayhem will soon make its way to Steam, as WBIE announced today that a "completely modernized" Gauntlet is being developed for release later this year. It's the first of a planned direct-to-digital portfolio of games called "WB Games Vault," which will see popular classics and original titles released exclusively to multiple digital platforms.

"Gauntlet is one of the most defining games from our childhoods, and it's amazing to be able to work with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on a brand new version," said Johan Pilestedt, CEO of developer Arrowhead Game Studios. "Gauntlet is one of the original and best known video game properties and we are looking forward to creating a fresh, yet true to the original, take on a multiplayer masterpiece."

The new Gauntlet will support local and online multiplayer action, and dungeons will be procedurally generated. But while it's obviously many orders of magnitude more advanced that its 30-year-old predecessor, there's no mistaking the game on display in this fast-and-furious (and bloody) launch trailer. That's Gauntlet, alright.

Gauntlet is currently slated to hit Steam sometime in the second half of 2014.

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Urgh. If I had a nickel for every time my father and cousin chimed "Let's play Gauntlet!" at me during the Sega Dreamcast days, I would be capable of maintaining financial stability.

Still, I suppose it's good to see that others remember the title, too.

This looks really freaking cool! I was a big fan of Gauntlet thanks to various on-disc collections of classic games but Gauntlet Legends on the N64/Dreamcast/arcade etc was my favorite. This remake looks really freaking good! I can't wait to be able to download that sucker!

All this progress, and yet you know that Elf is still going to shoot the food.

songnar:
Urgh. If I had a nickel for every time my father and cousin chimed "Let's play Gauntlet!" at me during the Sega Dreamcast days, I would be capable of maintaining financial stability.

If I had all the quarters back that I pumped into the original arcade machine... well, I at least wouldn't be wanting for laundromat change for a while.

As long as it has the following...

"Warrior is about to die"
"Warrior needs food badly"

I'm in.

Never played any Gauntlet, but Gauntlet: Legends saw plenty of action on my N64 growing up.
I hope this succeeds, if only so that it will prompt a Steam release of Legends.

Maaaaaaybe... I have to see what microtransaction horrors are going to be inflicted on us though. If any.

I never played the original, but I did play Gauntlet Legends on the N64 and enjoyed the hell out of it.

I'm really excited for the online multiplayer aspect of the remake. These days, it's getting harder and harder for me to get a group of people together in the same room for gaming, but single-player Gauntlet just isn't enticing to me. I may buy copies of the game for my friends, if the reviews are good.

P.S. Thanks

Ah, I played this in the arcade! And later on... some machine, can't remember which. I am cautiously optomistic before we find out its a dark gritty reboot first person FPS starring a white dude bro...

Ickabod:
As long as it has the following...

"Warrior is about to die"
"Warrior needs food badly"

I'm in.

Yellow Wizard Needs FOOD BADDLY

Red warrior comes along "MMM, Food is Good."

I turned around and punched my brother, my mom in turn turns around and says "Little brother is about to die." Good times.

On topic, I found it hillarious that they go "Oh look, they all fight awesomely with different skills. Look at how badass this warrior is, look at how awesome this Valkyrie is, look at...the elf, shoot arrows and...roll? Look at how badass-ish the Wizard is!

...I want to meet the man or woman who is like 'HOLY CRAP, I CAN'T WAIT TO PLAY THE "ELF" CLASS.

Awesome! Gauntlet was a super fun, intense ... "co-op" game that I bet a lot of younger gamers never got a chance to play. If they can capture its frantic nature I'll totally be picking this up!

I'm interested but I'll wait until more details are available. I've played multiple versions of this over the years including the arcade version and the Gameboy version, it wasn't great but it's better than nothing. Also, there is a PC version that is abandonware that you can play that's pretty alright.

Good to see another old franchise get a new lease on life...

I hope it's good.

I played the shit out of Gauntlet: Legends and Dark Legacy as a kid. Original was a bit before my time, I'll look into it.

Provided this "modernization" actually ADDS to the game in a meaningful way, instead of detracting from the core experience or just boiling down to crow-barring in superfluous "modern game-play tropes"[1] this could prove to be a contemporary gem.

Maybe.

Possibly.

I'm not holding my breath.

Regardless, it's nice to see the return of such an incredibly influential classic.

[1] And provided the price is sub-$40.

Black wallet needs money badly.

Black wallet is about to die.

I must have four player local multi-player with controller support for my lounge room.

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES Best news I've heard all year. Midway went under, and I despaired. Gauntlet is part of the foundational group of games for my gaming psyche. I've played them all, and I desperately yearn for some more now and again. The old games are still as fun as ever, but it's a pain to get four people together to sit down for it these days what with most of us living in different cities.

This is perfect.

Well, almost.

Better be able to unlock the Jester, is all I'm saying. That would just elicit the hottest of the damns from my lips.

I've always thought a new Gauntlet game would work really well on the Wii U. Think about it, not only could you have the usual 4 player co-op, but a 5th player could use the tablet and act as a 'dungeon master', directing swarms of enemies and setting up spawn points and such in realtime.

HELL YES! I loved the gauntlet games all the way up to Dark Legacy! So great to hear that I'll be able to play one again, as my copy of Dark Legacy no longer works...

It took me a moment to remember that, I first thought they were doing a remake of the FPS Gauntlet for the PC and then when I saw the gameplay, I thought, what the fuck are they doing? And then the other Gauntlet game came to mind. Something I vaguely recall renting for my Megadrive when I was really young. The thing I recall most about it is that your health diminishes the longer you stay in the dungeon.

Shame that I won't be able to play as this guy.

He more or less made the game for me. I might have to give this one a try though.

Ah......Gauntlet ate so many of my quarters when I was but a wee tot. I'm not lost in a sea of nostalgia.....which is probably what they were going for marketing-wise. I reckon it has worked.

I'm sorry Andy, I have to disagree, the first thing I thought when I saw that trailer was not "This Is Gauntlet" but rather "What the hell is this supposed to be."

It looks fucking atrocious.

I don't know how that's supposed to be a Gauntlet game -- it just looks like a straight up Diablo clone, a desperate cash grab off of a (semi)beloved franchise. It comes off as more of a iOS touch game than an arcadey hack-n-slash, it definitely does not distill memories or nostalgia of the Arcade Games or the standard of quality of the series "Legends" and "Dark Legacy".

ritchards:
Ah, I played this in the arcade! And later on... some machine, can't remember which. I am cautiously optomistic before we find out its a dark gritty reboot first person FPS starring a white dude bro...

How does one make a dark and gritty reboot of Gauntlet? It's about as depressing and gloomy as a series can get... :P

Ninmecu:

Ickabod:
As long as it has the following...

"Warrior is about to die"
"Warrior needs food badly"

I'm in.

Yellow Wizard Needs FOOD BADDLY

Red warrior comes along "MMM, Food is Good."

I turned around and punched my brother, my mom in turn turns around and says "Little brother is about to die." Good times.

On topic, I found it hillarious that they go "Oh look, they all fight awesomely with different skills. Look at how badass this warrior is, look at how awesome this Valkyrie is, look at...the elf, shoot arrows and...roll? Look at how badass-ish the Wizard is!

...I want to meet the man or woman who is like 'HOLY CRAP, I CAN'T WAIT TO PLAY THE "ELF" CLASS.

B. F. G. BWOOOOSH! And then everything died.

Sean951:

Ninmecu:

Ickabod:
As long as it has the following...

"Warrior is about to die"
"Warrior needs food badly"

I'm in.

Yellow Wizard Needs FOOD BADDLY

Red warrior comes along "MMM, Food is Good."

I turned around and punched my brother, my mom in turn turns around and says "Little brother is about to die." Good times.

On topic, I found it hillarious that they go "Oh look, they all fight awesomely with different skills. Look at how badass this warrior is, look at how awesome this Valkyrie is, look at...the elf, shoot arrows and...roll? Look at how badass-ish the Wizard is!

...I want to meet the man or woman who is like 'HOLY CRAP, I CAN'T WAIT TO PLAY THE "ELF" CLASS.

B. F. G. BWOOOOSH! And then everything died.

When playing with just my brothers, I'd randomly use "Rock Shower" and go "OH NO, RUN, SKORM IS TRYING TO KILL US." and my brothers, laughably, believed me and high tailed it away from the treasure/xp. Lol.

I've done other sinister things to them, like telling them that one snot nosed brat in Windwaker would be a 1-hit-KO if he ever caught up to you and bumped into you. They treated Outset island with more calm concentrated respect than they did the final boss rooms. It was hilarious.

NEED FOOD BADDLY

I almost hope they keep original sound clips in there for easter egg lulz XD

but really, it has local multiplayer support, IN THIS DAY AND AGE?!?! color me interested.

 

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