Gauntlet - All News
Wednesday - September 17, 2014
Gauntlet - New Preview Roundup
I found a few more previews for the new remasted Gauntlet game this week.
Gauntlet has always been a more enjoyable franchise with friends, but it has never felt as apparent as it did while playing this early access title. My experience with past titles in the series has been a hybrid of single player and co-op, with both being equally enjoyable experiences. This time around, playing the title solo felt intimidating and was not nearly as enjoyable as it had been in the past (although it did make escaping from Death significantly easier). In order to truly enjoy Gauntlet, it seems you will need to get a group of friends together to tackle the dungeons.
In conclusion this is a enjoyable and addictive arcade dungeon crawler which, I feel, will have a short lifespan. It felt a lot more straight forward and simplistic than the original and I hope the final 8 chapters introduce the varied routes and tough decisions of the original. That said, it's debuting at just $20 so, if you want a decent co-operative game, this is definitely one to keep your eye on.
In comparison to other Gauntlet games, this one will be quite short. The first act makes up one-third of the entire game, which only took me two hours to complete on the normal difficulty. Having said that, if the preview is anything to go by then it’ll be a solid contribution to the series. Its few foibles can be easily forgiven, since they’re not exactly game-breaking and seem almost insignificant compared to how much the game got right. The focus on gameplay over character management should make for some great multiplayer experiences; with the addition of online play, as well, it will make organising 4-player Gauntlet games much easier. It’ll be better too, because I love Gauntlet (this version included) and I love playing it with friends, but Gauntlet should be played for hours on end and people start to smell by that point.
Thursday - August 28, 2014
Gauntlet - New Release Date Announced
Warner Bros. Interactive sent over a press release with new information the release date for Gauntlet has moved to September 23, 2014. Here are the details.
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES NEW LAUNCH DATE FOR GAUNTLETNew Gameplay Walkthrough Video Released, Plus PAX Prime Details Unveiled
BURBANK, Calif. (August 27, 2014) -announced today that the release date for , the fully modernized reboot of the classic dungeon crawler, has moved to September 23, 2014. The additional time was needed to fine-tune details in order to bring gamers an even more robust multiplayer experience.
Gauntlet is still set to arrive on Steam for Windows® PC and will offer full support for SteamOS and the upcoming Steam Machines in 2015. As a thank you for all fans who pre-ordered the game, WBIE has added a special in-game item as a bonus: The Spawn of Kerthull, a special Wizard's Robe made from dead imps, who are children of the greater demon, Kerthull. An image can be found here.
In addition, WBIE and developer Arrowhead Game Studios today released a new video that takes an in-depth look into the heroes, game modes and lore of the game. The video walkthrough is available to watch via YouTube.
PAX Prime 2014 will feature a special opportunity for an early look at the game with "The Gauntlet" -- a four-day livestream event where notable Penny Arcade personalities and other gaming / nerd celebrities will go head-to-head in a special tournament. "The Gauntlet" tourney will be held outside the Main Expo entrance in South Hall, where attendees can also get hands-on time with the game during the show. Both the tournament and participant gameplay will be streamed to the official PAX Prime Twitch channel.
Thursday - July 03, 2014
Gauntlet - New Twitch TV Stream
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment sent out a short pr statement about the new official Gauntlet Twitch channel they created for the game.
Gauntlet Twitch TV Stream
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) today announced the creation of the official Gauntlet Twitch channel which will feature exclusive content from the dungeon crawler series.
Kicking off the channel, will be a full play through of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) 1987 version of the celebrated game, as well as the chance to see a selection of the early levels from the upcoming, modernized, reboot of the title from Arrowhead Game Studios.
This will be the first time that the game has been streamed live on twitch.tv/playgauntlet and is an opportunity for fans of the game to experience a dungeon-full of new content and engage with the Gauntlet community team.
The stream will be broadcast via the official Gauntlet Twitch channel www.twitch.tv/playgauntlet from 7pm BST / 8pm CET on Thursday 3rd July.
To keep up to date with all the Gauntlet news you can follow us @playgauntlet or on www.facebook.com/playgauntlet.
Sunday - June 22, 2014
Gauntlet - More E3 Previews
I found two more previews this week based on a demo of Gauntlet from E3.
I felt like I was watching a new paintjob on a very old concept. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but there wasn't anything truly new or exciting about Gauntlet. It's just Gauntlet. I kept waiting to see something that screamed creativity or at least held my attention above watching axes fly across the screen. There's still a chance that environmental interaction or more complicated bosses lay in wait for would-be adventurers, but for now it would appear that Gauntlet is going to be a fun nostalgic trip for some and a small download experience for others. Here's hoping there's a bit more meat on this particular chicken leg that will come to light upon release.
This is probably one of the best remakes I have ever come across in any medium. The guys and gals at Arrowhead must really have loved the original Gauntlet as they have recreated it with a spectacular modern feeling, yet maintained all of the elements that made Gauntlet such a hit back in 1985. I doff my metaphorical hat to them, and thank them wholeheartedly for treating this beloved friend so very gently. They have maintained the very soul of the original Atari classic and that is a rare thing in these modern times. And with that, this elf needs food… badly.
Saturday - June 21, 2014
Gauntlet - Preview @ Gamespot
Gamespot had a chance to play Gauntlet at E3 , and decided to write a new preview.
Like the Gauntlet of old, the demo for this update was much more fun sitting on a couch with friends and competing for health, enemy kills, and gold (even though the money I collected went into a shared pot). But the variety of abilities and combat combos made playing through the small segment of gameplay fun, and the enemy assortment ensured that combat required thought, not just mindless button-mashing.
Sunday - June 15, 2014
Gauntlet - New Screenshots Released
I posted some new screenshots for Gauntlet in our image gallery. Just follow this link for the ten new images from E3. Enjoy as they say everyone, or not if your inclined to do so.
Friday - June 06, 2014
Gauntlet - Gear Up For Battle Trailer
Arrowhead Game Studios released a new E3 trailer of their Gauntlet HD Remake.
Thursday - June 05, 2014
Gauntlet - Exclusive First Look
Since it's still the fouth where I live you still have time to watch a new worldwide stream of the new Gauntlet game from Arrowhead Game Studios. Here are the details.
TWINGALAXIESLIVE.COM TO STREAM WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE FIRST, LIVE LOOK AT NEW "GAUNTLET" VIDEO GAME
The first official LIVE gameplay broadcast for Gauntlet from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will have its world debut during a star-studded broadcast on Twin Galaxies Live www.TwinGalaxiesLive.com on June 5, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. PDT.
A week in advance of E3, Gauntlet fans worldwide will get their first view of live co-op gameplay through celebrity guest players Wil Wheaton, Adrianne Curry, Pooch Hall, and classic arcade Gauntlet world record holder Dwayne Richard, playing the highly anticipated title as a team. The one-of-a-kind interactive multi-camera Twin Galaxies Live broadcast platform-in partnership with Twitch.tv and Skype-will allow viewers to fully participate, comment and interact with the celebrities and broadcast discussion experience in real-time. The broadcast will feature the new E3 trailer for the game, the opportunity for participating viewers to win exclusive, Gauntlet themed giveaways, and representatives from Arrowhead Game Studios may also join the broadcast to answer questions.
The official Twin Galaxies Live teaser video is available here: http://youtu.be/zEntBl0s3_Q
- Wil Wheaton, Actor/Host, Star Trek: The Next Generation, TableTop
- Adrianne Curry, Model/Host, America's Next Top Model, Adrianne Curry's Super Fans
- Pooch Hall, Actor/Rapper, The Game
- Dwayne Richard, Classic Gauntlet Arcade World Record Holder and historic holder of world records on more than a half dozen games, including Super Bagman, Warp Warp, Super Buster Bros. and Two Tigers
- Game Developers from Arrowhead Game Studios (TBD)
An interactive multi-camera live stream and exclusive first look at Gauntlet gameplay with celebrity players. Fans will have direct access to the celebrity guests to ask questions LIVE via chat room or web cam during the broadcast.
Gauntlet, developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, innovates on past titles while staying true to the brand's legendary format. Players select from four classic fantasy-based characters: Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie, or Elf. Each character has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. For example, the Warrior does the most damage in melee combat, the Wizard has the most powerful magic, the Valkyrie has the most armor and the Elf moves the fastest. Distinctive play styles, procedural dungeons and an impressive art style keep the gameplay fresh.
The event will be streamed live on www.TwinGalaxiesLive.com the gaming culture network and official broadcast channel for the historic Twin Galaxies organization, in partnership with Twitch.tv.
Thursday, June 5 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM PDT
Friday - May 23, 2014
Gauntlet - Preview @ Eurogamer
Eurogamer posted a short preview for the new Gauntlet based on a short demo they plated from the games developer Arrowhead Studios.
It's astonishing to play the new Gauntlet and see how wordlessly a team learns to operate together, sending out a few treasure collectors while others shoot from a distance. Beyond that, keys and locks and spawners return. There are never enough keys for all the locks, making for tricky choices, and there's always someone who forgets to head straight for the spawner and lets the room fill with monsters. Sorry about that.
All of this is great, and it's nice to see that Arrowhead's still really working to nail the details - the argument du jour revolves around how friendly fire should work, with the current solution suggesting it should only be turned on for Relics, equippable weapons that you pick up in the dungeons. As far as I'm concerned, though, the thing that makes Gauntlet such an exciting prospect now is the thing that made it such an exciting prospect back in the 1980s: Arrowhead has nailed the skeletal crunch of combat - that magical moment at which blade meets baddie and you feel amazing. This is the heart of Gauntlet. Good to have it back again.
Wednesday - May 21, 2014
Gauntlet - Pre-order Bonuses Announced
So if you're interested in the new HD remake of Gauntlet Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today some of the pre-order bonuses.
Gauntlet: Darkness Calls digital comic available free with pre-order of Gauntlet
Retailer specific in-game bonuses offer fans even more reasons to battle with their friends in the fight for treasure and glory this September!
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that when consumers pre-order Gauntlet, they will receive a limited-time, exclusive free gift, an original digital comic, Gauntlet: Darkness Calls from DC Entertainment, which details the origins of the Gauntlet’s most vile master Morak. The comic will be delivered on 3rd September, 2014, the day the game is released.
Consumers who pre-order the game through select retailers will also receive unique, in-game weapons. Morak’s hordes will tremble when the Warrior dons these horrific implements of mayhem!
Gauntlet, a modernised version of the celebrated dungeon crawler, will be available this summer for the £14.99 via digital download for PC, offering full support for SteamOS and the upcoming Steam Machines shipping the second half of this year. The game will lead the launch of WB Games Vault, a direct-to-digital portfolio that will deliver paid games across multiple digital networks.
Gauntlet, developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, innovates on past titles while staying true to the brand’s legendary format. Players select from four classic fantasy-based characters: Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie, or Elf.
Upon selecting a playable character, the gameplay is set within dungeons where the object is to fight through the chambers slaying evil creatures and completing challenges. An assortment of special items and magical relics can be located in each dungeon that can restore the player’s health, unlock doors, and aid the player in surviving longer in the Gauntlet by bestowing special abilities. The enemies are a vast assortment of fantasy-based monsters, including ghosts, grunts, demons, spiders, sorcerers and skeleton warriors.
For more information on Gauntlet, please visit www.Gauntlet.com, https://www.facebook.com/PlayGauntlet, or https://twitter.com/PlayGauntlet
Sunday - April 13, 2014
Gauntlet - Preview Roundup
Here are a few more previews I found this week for the new Gauntlet HD Remake.
Gauntlet isn't a hard sell, with the love for the action franchise extending back to 1998's Gauntlet Legends, all the way to the coin-op 1985 original that pioneered the use of different classes in a local multiplayer game. Arrowhead's contemporary remake, exclusive to the PC, uses that 1985 game as its guiding light, following some early experimentation. Axel Lindberg, the game's director said what the game is should be immediately clear from just a screenshot .
Gauntlet isn’t an exact recreation of the original arcade game, nor does it intend to be. It does, however, build off of the beloved original, highlighting the best of the dungeon-crawling classic and reimagining it with the benefit of modern technology. Even if you never played the original, there’s a reason its legacy continues, and the new take on it seems to honor that legacy well.
That's Gauntlet. It may seem incredibly pared-down now, but these are the conventions from the 1985 classic. The remake's set to have a 2014-graphical aesthetic to it, but it's a lot of the same. However, the game isn't a true recreation; it's more Arrowhead's ideal take on it. So, while the content may feel sort of new, nothing's ever really that fresh with Gauntlet. And that's probably just the way that fans would want it.
Friday - April 11, 2014
Gauntlet - Preview @ GameReactor
GameReactor is the next site to write a preview of the new Gauntlet HD based on an early demo of the game, and a talk with Game Director Axel Lindberg.
The demo we play is specifically tuned for journalists we're told. It's one of those subtle insults we've learned to live with, taking it in our stride. It's rather easy, and nowhere near as challenging as the proper game. And a Gauntlet game needs to be challenging. Arrowhead knows this and while there are plans for different difficulty settings - the idea is that accomplishing something in Gauntlet should mean something. With great ass tingling comes a great sense of accomplishment, if all ends well.
One great design challenge that presented itself was how to build a game that worked both for the solo player and multiplayer, as drop-in/drop-out was a feature that felt core to the experience. And while it's easy to adjust the number of pressure plates players need to stand on, it's harder to design a level where you have to carry an object from one end of the level to another for both a single player and for a team of four where three players can cover the one carrying the object. They're still toying around with a solution for this problem, and we suggested adding legs to the object if there's only one player. Remains to be seen if that's a solution that will make it into the final game.
We were only shown a small slice of the game with no real way of measuring the scope of the game. We imagine that given the arcade heritage, a session/playthrough isn't necessarily all that long. A sequence of adventure/puzzle levels, procedural levels and boss levels that you can play through with a few friends in an evening or perhaps two. Regardless of this the team is still designing and experimenting with new ideas and with a release pencilled in for this summer, it may seem like things should be locked down more.
Wednesday - April 09, 2014
Gauntlet - Hands-On Preview @ Ausgamers
Ausgamers had the chance to play the new Gauntlet HD at GDC 2014, and decided to share their opinion of the game in a new hands-on preview.
Gauntlet is coming back for another go, this time courtesy of publisher Warner Bros and Swedish indie studio Arrowhead with a currently PC exclusive title for both Windows and SteamOS. At the recent GDC expo in San Francisco, AusGamers man on the ground, Nathan Lawrence had a chance to go hands-on with some couch co-op multiplayer and came away reasonably impressed:
Sunday - April 06, 2014
Gauntlet - Preview @ Shack News
Shack News has posted a preview of Arrowheads modern day HD remake of Gauntlet.
Fans of the original will be familiar with Arrowhead's update. Like in Magicka, the game balances co-op and competitive play, requiring workmanship to defeat the enemy forces, while encouraging roughhousing when fighting for food. For the demo, friendly fire was turned off, but the producer informed us that the final game would have the option to turn it on--something that's likely to lead to some unintentionally hilarious moments.
Along with the atmospheric lighting and level design, the update also adds boss battles that will test your team to its limits. At the conclusion of the demo, a large mummy-like figure arose from his throne, yelling out vigorously before the screen faded to black.
While Gauntlet would be a good fit for consoles, it's currently a PC-only release. By keeping true to its original design, the Gauntlet demo was an entertaining good-hearted dungeon crawl. Well, good-hearted until someone shoots the steak dinner.
Wednesday - April 02, 2014
Gauntlet - Interview @ GamerHubTV
GamerHub TV had the chance to do a new video interview with Arrowhead Game Studios at GDC 2014. They talk about the developers upcoming HD remake of Gauntlet.
At GDC 2014, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment revealed the first game in its WB Games Vault digital initiative, Gauntlet. Developer Arrowhead Game Studios previews the new Steam reboot in this exclusive interview.
Tuesday - March 18, 2014
Gauntlet - Arcade Classic Reboot
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today they will be releasing a modernized action RPG version of Gauntlet this summer on Steam for PC.
Reboot of Arcade Classic Is Lead Game in “WB Games Vault” Made-for-Digital Portfolio
BURBANK, Calif. — Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Gauntlet, a completely modernized action RPG version of the celebrated dungeon crawler, will be available this summer via Steam for PC, offering full support for SteamOS and the upcoming Steam Machines shipping the second half of this year. The game will lead the launch of WB Games Vault, a direct-to-digital portfolio that will deliver paid games based on popular Warner Bros. and Midway brands, plus original IP, across multiple digital networks.
“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,” said David Haddad, Senior Vice President, Digital Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “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.”
Gauntlet, developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, innovates on past titles while staying true to the brand’s legendary format. Players select from four classic fantasy-based characters: Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie, or Elf. Each character has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. For example, the Warrior does the most damage in melee combat, the Wizard has the most powerful magic, the Valkyrie has the most armor and the Elf moves the fastest. Distinctive play styles, procedural dungeons and an impressive art style keep the gameplay fresh.
“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,” said Johan Pilestedt, CEO of 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.”
Upon selecting a playable character, the gameplay is set within dungeons where the object is to fight through the chambers slaying evil creatures and completing challenges. An assortment of special items can be located in each dungeon that can restore the player’s health, unlock doors, and shift the odds in the player’s favor with magical relics which can aid the player in surviving longer in the Gauntlet. The enemies are a vast assortment of fantasy-based monsters, including ghosts, grunts, demons, spiders, sorcerers and skeleton warriors.
Developer: Arrowhead Game Studios
SP/MP: Single + MP
Voice-acting: Partially voiced
Regions & platforms
· Platform: PC
· Expected at 2014-09-23
· Publisher: Unknown