Gauntlet Returns This Summer, Kicks Off WB Games Vault

Gauntlet Returns This Summer, Kicks Off WB Games Vault

Some of the Midway arcade classics will be making their way Steam, starting with Gauntlet.

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has announced that a new version of arcade classic Gauntlet is coming to Steam PCs this summer, with additional SteamOS support. The game is getting a complete visual overhaul, but the top-down, co-op gameplay seems to remain the same as the original Gauntlet. Players can choose between the Warrior, Valkyrie, Wizard and Elf, and delve into dungeons full of monsters and traps. The remake is being handled by Magicka and Helldivers developer Arrowhead Game Studios.

"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," Arrowhead Game Studios CEO Johan Pilestedt said. "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."

Prior to this announcement, the last Gauntlet game we had was Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows, developed by Midway San Diego and publishing in late 2005. The game was a collaboration between industry veterans John Romero and Josh Sawyer, who both left the project before it launched.

The new Gauntlet will be the first game in the WB Games Vault, a program intended to pair Midway and Warner Bros IP with rising game developers. Midway also owns other classic franchises, including Spy Hunter, Joust, Defender, Tapper, Paperboy, Rampage, and Robotron.

"With Gauntlet we combined the arcade style of the original game with an entirely new look and feature set that includes emergent, local and online four-player gameplay," Warner Interactive senior vice president of digital games David Haddad said. "Gauntlet will be the first title in the WB Games Vault portfolio, which will provide us with an opportunity to access emerging talent within the game development community and match unique skills and experience with our extensive library of properties."

What would you like to see next from the WB Games Vault?

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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