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Aw yeah! Gauntlet’s back!

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Gauntlet

Back in the 80’s Atari released what was one of the very first multiplayer hack-and-slash fantasy games, essentially creating the template for games like Diablo. I, along with a group of friends spent many a 20c piece (yes, 20c) battling waves of skeletons, friggin’ spiders and miscellaneous otherworldly creatures. Well it’s back. Yes, Warner Bros (who swallowed Midway, who in turn swallowed Atari Games…who used to be owned by Warner in the first place) is bringing back the top down action hack-and-slash game that defined a genre.

And here’s what it looks like:

Hmm. Other than the 4 player co-op, and the view it doesn’t seem very much like the Gauntlet of my memories, but I’ll give the game a chance when it’s released on Steam later this year..with full SteamOS support.

“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 in a press release I’ve taken the liberty of pasting right here.  “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.”

“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 in the very same release.  “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.”

Ever play the original Gauntlet? Does this tickle your fancy at all – or is it yet another example of a company appropriating the name of a classic franchise to exploit gamers’ nostalgia? Either way, just be glad it’s not a free-to-play mobile game.

Last Updated: March 18, 2014

35 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief of comments

    March 18, 2014 at 09:19

    This doth pique my interest.

    Elf it shall be

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 18, 2014 at 09:20

    When you ask someone what Friday’s public holiday is called & they tell you it’s Human Rights Day, apparently the correct response isn’t, “Oh, no wonder I didn’t know.”

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    • Admiral Chief of comments

      March 18, 2014 at 09:20

      Heh

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 18, 2014 at 09:29

      Epic Puza Thursday will be epic

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 18, 2014 at 09:31

        This whole weekend will be epic. Phone OFF, Booze ON!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief of comments

          March 18, 2014 at 09:40

          lol, and Telkom confirmed they are at my place tmrw to install teh ADSL…wootwoot!

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR

            March 18, 2014 at 09:44

            Perfect timing man, you must enjoy!

  3. Acornbread

    March 18, 2014 at 09:23

    Microtransactions are like a throwback to the old arcade days. 😛

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 18, 2014 at 09:33

      This game sucked coins like a vacuum back in the day.

      Reply

  4. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    March 18, 2014 at 09:24

    Interesting…. I shall keep a beady eye on it!

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 18, 2014 at 09:26

      You’re not a potato, you’re a banana!

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        March 18, 2014 at 09:47

        The artist formerly known as Banana Jim, is now POTATO JIM!! EYES ON YOU!!

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        • RinceIsIngwer

          March 18, 2014 at 09:51

          Come back nana!

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 18, 2014 at 09:54

          Keep ’em peeled!

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  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 18, 2014 at 09:26

    Emergent gameplay? What is that & why is my cynical-sense tingling?

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    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      March 18, 2014 at 09:29

      oh you know. Online only, microtransactions, grind to progress or pay. That kinda stuff

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    • Acornbread

      March 18, 2014 at 09:30

      Gameplay will only emerge once you’ve payed to win.

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  6. Jonah Cash

    March 18, 2014 at 09:26

    Warrior, nice and close up slashing!!

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  7. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 18, 2014 at 09:28

    Hmmm, looks much more…actiony ? if that’s a word

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  8. Jedi JJ

    March 18, 2014 at 09:29

    Man. I’m enjoying all my new SEGA games so much from the humble store. This seriously interests me.

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  9. Hammersteyn

    March 18, 2014 at 09:30

    Wizard! Because Gandalf is Baws. Though the sorcerer class isn’t much help in Dark Souls 2

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  10. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 18, 2014 at 09:35

    A WB game? Are they going to patch it or just release new DLC? ;P

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    • Kromas

      March 18, 2014 at 09:37

      That was just a trailer. Actual gameplay will be 16Bit.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 18, 2014 at 10:01

        Like Dark Souls 2 trollol!

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  11. TiMsTeR

    March 18, 2014 at 09:41

    This looks flipping SWEET! Loving the blood effects, well done from Warner Bros

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  12. Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

    March 18, 2014 at 09:41

    “who swallowed Midway, who in turn swallowed Atari Games…who used to be owned by Warner in the first place”

    Sounds like some weird “Circle of trust” O_o

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  13. Dom van Blerk

    March 18, 2014 at 09:45

    Looks fun as fuck but it’s being made by the Magicka devs so I’m expecting a buggy mess.

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    • TiMsTeR

      March 18, 2014 at 09:46

      How much could go wrong with a game like this. I have a good feeling about this game.

      Reply

  14. Sageville

    March 18, 2014 at 09:46

    You are hit for over 9000 nostalgia damage!

    Reply

  15. RinceIsIngwer

    March 18, 2014 at 09:50

    God forbid we have a new IP. Why not just remake everything before 😛

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR

      March 18, 2014 at 09:54

      Like Theme hospital! with DLC ginger plague?

      Reply

  16. Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

    March 18, 2014 at 10:06

    This looks like one of those games where you play coop with your friends for hours and then forget about it a week later

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    • DrDeth

      March 18, 2014 at 13:32

      “This looks like one of those games where you play coop with your friends for hours and then are still playing a week later”

      FTFY

      Reply

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