Arrowhead are remaking Gauntlet, from the ‘80s. Had you forgotten? In that case you probably won’t particularly mind that it’s been delayed by a few weeks. The developers will spend the next month “fine-tuning details” to ensure they’ve got a “robust multiplayer experience” on their hands. And then come September 23, we’ll be playing a sort of artfully-stunted action RPG.
By way of apology for the delay, Arrowhead will give players who’ve pre-ordered the game an in-game item – a wizard’s robe made from the dead imp-children of the greater demon, Kerthull. Uh, thanks.
The entire development of the action RPG genre has happened since Gauntlet and 1985 – but Arrowhead promise this will be a “completely modernised” game that takes all that into account.
That said, nu-Gauntlet clearly revels in its arcade simplicity – offering a trad fantasy premise but no plot, and the opportunity to snaffle roast turkeys for health.
Co-op players pick from four characters: the Wizard, Warrior, Valkyrie and Elf. They’re each distinguished by contrasting abilities, though the mage seems to get away with the bulk of the most entertaining ones.
Nu-Gauntlet definitely has its own flavour, and it’s probably turkey. The game encourages unhealthy competition – there’s no automated loot-splitting here. And there’s a whiff of Spelunky about the procedurally-generated levels in which Death himself chases you through the gauntlet. You interested?