Spelunky has quite a complicated heritage now.
Beginning its life as a freeware platformer exclusively for PC, it eventually found its way to Xbox 360 in an enhanced format, featuring hand-drawn HD visuals rather than the pixel art of the original freeware version. Then, a while back, we heard that this new enhanced version of Spelunky would be making the jump back to PC, and also to PS3 and Vita.
Yesterday, it was revealed that the upcoming Steam version of Spelunky would feature an exciting new Steam-exclusive mode known as the Daily Challenge. As the name suggests, this is a new adventure that is randomly generated every day. The twist is that it's the same for all Spelunky players worldwide, and you only get a single chance to clear it, or at least get as far as possible. If you fail, you'll have to wait until the following day's challenge to try your chances again.
Each Daily Challenge features its own leaderboard, so you'll be able to compare your performance against other players from around the world or compete against friends. This is how you do social play.
The Daily Challenge was apparently suggested by Johann Sebastian Joust developer Douglas Wilson and artist Zach "Helvetica" Gage. The two of them will be streaming daily runs for a week prior to Spelunky's official worldwide release on PC on August 8, and will be joined by a selection of well-known Let's Players who have been longtime supporters of Spelunky -- Northernlion, MANvsGAME, Foxman, Baer and RedPandaGamer. You'll be able to enjoy their attempts from July 28 onwards, then try your hand at the Daily Challenges yourself a week later.
Find out more about Spelunky on the official site.