Platform(s): PC
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Arrowhead Game Studios
Release Date: Sept. 23, 2014

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'Gauntlet' Update Adds New Hero, Game Mode

by Rainier on Dec. 10, 2014 @ 1:49 p.m. PST

Gauntlet is a completely modernized action RPG version of the classic dungeon crawler.

Gauntlet 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.

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.

New Game Mode: Colosseum

In the Colosseum game mode you take on Arenas, with increasingly difficult waves of enemies assaulting you, played Solo, or up to 4 players co-op.

• Survive all of the waves in an Arena to complete it and unlock the next one
• Earn Capes for your heroes by completing the toughest Arenas
• Get high scores in each Arena to climb the High Score Leaderboard
• Each new season, the Arenas are swapped out for 3 new ones, with new Capes to earn
• You must be connected to Steam to play the Colosseum game mode

New Hero: Lilith the Necromancer

Available for purchase now!

Bug Fixes

• Heroes rejoice! If you need to quit Gauntlet soon after starting the game, the "Gauntlet.exe has stopped working" message should no longer appear.
• Heroes that respawn while the ‘Siren’s Lute’ ability is active will no longer have to worry about being targeted by enemies.
• Hero’s beware! Falling off the drawbridges in the Burning Temple of Dur will now always lead to your demise
• Clients should always be able to exit the Waiting for Host screen even if their Host is reviewing their Masteries
• Heroes be glad! Getting hit when using the jump pad near the final pushable block in The ‘Caverns of Mag’Ash’ will no longer result in a hero falling out of world.
• Heroes will no longer have to fear that they will become trapped inside the wall near the staircase after the room with the Spider Queen in The ‘Caverns of Mag’Ash’.
• The Camera will no longer cause any Hero to become stuck at the altar in the first room with a breakable wall in The ‘Caverns of Mag’Ash’.
• Cheating Heroes will no longer be able to achieve unusually high single player scores by manipulating party size.
• This one is for the Elves! Questor will no longer be damaged or be able to die from the spider-lings poison while in Ethereal state.
• Any Client that joins up to a game where the Host has already begun the countdown to reach the HUB will no longer have to concern themselves with not having enough time to pick their hero or getting disconnected from the game.
• Fashion conscious Wizard’s be merry! For The ‘Lorekeeper’s Vestments’ and ‘Heckdelver Raiment’ gear will appear properly at the in game shop.
• The Spider Queen’s health bar will always appear when she is hit.
• The visual effect of the perk ‘Mysteries of the Elf-Folk’ will always be visible once enabled.
• When using Mouse and Keyboard in the main menu, The ‘Highlight Effect’ that appears with every option in the Menu will no longer remain visible during the screen transition between the Main Menu and the Lobby.
• Heroes need not worry! If a participant of The Gauntlet falls victim to one of Morak’s ‘Purple Explosive Traps’ and gets knocked to the edges of the floor they can now escape before being hit by the next trap.
• Merlin’s ‘Fire Bomb’ spell will no longer pass through the lowered drawbridges in The ‘Burning Temple of Dur’
• Questor will now be able to shoot the food with his ‘Sniper Shot’.
• The Beast of Orox will no longer get stuck on the Braziers when he becomes enraged during the epic battle at the end of The ‘Caverns of Mag’Ash’.
• The Spider Queen now has SFX when she lays her eggs, charges and jumps. Watch out!
• Liftable items will no longer appear on the floor to a client that joins at the same time as a Host who is lugging one of these items around.
• Barrels and Statues will no longer be seen as floating on screen when the client who is carrying them leaves the game.
• The SFX of the Cutscenes on Floor 10 of both The ‘Crypts of the Sun King’ and The ‘Caverns of Mag’Ash’ will no longer continue if a Hero decides to skip them.
• Merlin can now shoot his ‘Fire Bolt’ and ‘Pyro Sphere’ spells everywhere after the first stairs in Floor 4 of the ‘Caverns of Mag’Ash’.
• Cheating Heroes will no longer be able to regain their health by leaving in the ‘Floor Complete’ screen and quickly rejoining the Host who completed the floor.
Balancing Changes:
• Damage bonuses from Slayer-masteries have been reduced
• Enemy Damage Resistance on Hard and Unfair difficulties has been reduced
• Enemy Movement and Attack Speed on Hard and Unfair difficulties has been increased
• Warrior Rush now deals damage and has a slightly shorter windup
• Warrior Leap Attack now staggers enemies around the point of impact
• Valkyrie Shield Throw damage increased
• Wizard Lightning Sphere now blocks melee attacks

Additional Changes:

• The Heroes have cried to the Heavens and the gods have answered! There is now an ‘Auto Aim’ toggle option as well as a ‘HUD Transparency’ option available to the Heroes of The Gauntlet.
• The Tutorial can now be replayed for those who wish to hone their skills before entering the Gauntlet.
• Leaderboards can now be accessed from the Main Menu.
• Various Localization issues have also been addressed over all Languages, including:
o Inconsistent Font sizes and Capitalization issues
o Progression Counter for ‘Masteries’ will now update correctly
o Some small issues in the Credits

Known Issue:

• Several players throwing barrels in the same room during 3 to 4 player matches may Crash the game. Please refrain from this behavior until we can address the issue.

Gauntlet is available as digital download ($19.99) via Steam, offering full support for SteamOS, and the upcoming Steam Machines in 2015.

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