Warner Bros today announced a new digital portfolio that will deliver spanking new downloadable games based on classic Midway and WB franchises as well as original IP. This digital only studio will kick things off with the return of the original four player co-op dungeon crawler, Gauntlet.
Despite some mediocre attempts at reviving the classic arcade series in the past there is one key reason for fans to be excited about this iteration: the game is being developed by Arrowhead Game Studios. Arrowhead created the excellent Magicka, a wonderful update of the Gauntlet formula itself. Magicka proves that this talented studio has the chops to bring one of the world’s oldest gaming franchises back from the pits of obscurity.
Arrowhead is promising four unique characters, all based on the original game, all with distinct play styles. They have also stolen a few tricks from the Diablo playbook with the introduction of procedurally generated levels and some light RPG elements. “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.”
Gauntlet is due on Steam later this year but in the mean time you can check out the (admittedly exciting) announcement trailer to help prepare yourself for a hopefully spectacular return from an arcade legend.