I've begged fore years and finally Warner Bros. and Arrowhead Game Studios are delivering. Gauntlet is being recreated and modernized for release on PC this summer. Yes, that classic four-player ARPG that defined generations of top-down action titles. How many days, months, years have been lost power leveling the Elf, Valkyrie, Wizard and Warrior? Want Gauntlet badly, want Gauntlet now.
Arrowhead Game Studios' CEO Johan Pilestedt wanted to make clear just how significant of an endeavor Gauntlet's development is to his studio:
"To us at Arrowhead, 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. 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."
For those unfamiliar, Arrowhead is the studio behind the huge multiplayer success Magicka. They've also made The Showdown Effect and are currently cooking Helldivers up for release later this year on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. That is to say, these guys know top-down cooperative multiplayer. Not just that, but they've got ideas on how to make it better than ever. It's exciting to think they've got freakin' Gauntlet to update. What will the creative studio do with such a traditional title?
I'm a huge fan of the Gauntlet series, from the classic arcade/NES title all the way up to Dark Legacy and Seven Sorrows (has it really been so long?). I'd love to see Arrowhead make a game with a dozen different playable classes all level-able up to 99 through a badass, brutal campaign. To start, however, those four classics will be absolutely fine. Expect Gauntlet to be released this summer on PC.
Oh, one final note. Warner Bros. made special mention to say that Gauntlet will be the first of many titles in their new "WB Games Vault" direct-to-digital initiative. "Paid games" which I hope means not free-to-play based on popular Warner Bros. and Midway classics, plus some new IP. If Gauntlet is the just the first, then I am now the initiative's number one fan.