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Gauntlet: Slayer Edition Out Today on PS4, New Features Detailed

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Gauntlet: Slayer Edition Out Today on PS4, New Features Detailed
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Ah, adventurers! Welcome! I am Morak, the only wizard powerful enough to have summoned the Gauntlet.

I have seen the likes of you many times. For decades I have held the Gauntlet, watching bones of fools past turn into dust. Let’s see if you stay alive any longer than those that came before.

You’re not scared, are you? Welcome then, to the stage of your deaths! You have not seen what new horrors lurk in the darkness below.

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition Out Today on PS4, New Features Detailed

In our previous blog posts we’ve outlined some of the improvements coming with Gauntlet: Slayer Edition. For a number of months we have been working hard to shape the game into what we fully envisioned and today we are proud and excited to get to share the experience with you.

Today Gauntlet: Slayer Edition is available to purchase from PlayStation store for $19.99. You can become one of the courageous adventurers that take their chances braving the Gauntlet.

Since the first launch in 2014, Gauntlet has received many improvements. The key points we have addressed are Hero depth, gameplay variation, and overall richer visuals. Below you can find a full list of all the new features and updates to existing ones.

ABILITIES

New Hero Weapon Abilities and Customization

Heroes can now change their special abilities (the ones represented by the big shiny icon in your HUD with a cooldown) by equipping different weapons. Each Hero has a total of four weapons that alter their abilities.

  • For the Warrior and Valkyrie this means swapping out their Special Ability (Spin attack & Shield Throw) for another type of attack.
  • For the Necromancer this means swapping out her summoning ability for another one (like summon archers or summon ghosts).
  • For the Elf, this means giving him two new abilities — a new bomb, as well as a new bomb shot ability.
  • For the Wizard, this means swapping out one of his schools of magic (fire, lightning, or ice) for another one, giving him three new abilities.

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New Unique Potion Abilities for each Hero

All Heroes start with one potion ability unique to them, and can unlock two more in the shop (this replaces one of the Relic-slots, so players can now only carry one Relic).

Potion abilities are massive, high-impact abilities that can turn the tide of battle in your favor.

More use of Relics

Relics no longer cost potions to use, but are instead limited by a cooldown. This means that players get to use their relic more often, making them a bigger part of how you play.

The functionality of some relics has been changed, for balancing-and-fun reasons.

MONSTERS

New Monster Types

There are a couple of new Monster types lurking in the Gauntlet.

Improved Monster Visuals, Audio and Abilities

Several monsters have gotten updated models, textures, and animations, as well as updated abilities and changes to behaviour.

GAME MODE FEATURES

New Game Mode: Endless

A mode where you fight your way through procedurally generated floors, trying to get as far (and as rich) as you can.

Gauntlet, Lava Action

Colosseum Becomes a Daily Challenge

There will be one Colosseum arena available to play at any given time.

It changes every day, and each arena has a cape that can be unlocked by beating it, as well as a gold reward for beating it for the first time that day.

These will still be the same arenas as the old Colosseum and the same Capes, giving new players a chance to earn the Capes from past seasons.

New Campaign Map

The Hub Room has been replaced by a Campaign Map, letting players choose freely between levels that they have unlocked.

Improved Environment Visuals

Campaign levels and procedural floors have had major art improvements, making environments more varied and diverse.

New Loadout / Shop

The in-game Shop has been replaced by a Loadout in the Lobby / Character Select Screen. This allows all four local players to customize their Heroes simultaneously and streamlines customization to be included in all game modes.

Difficulty Rebalancing

Reduced number of difficulty settings from four to three (removed the easiest difficulty, leaving the old “Hard” difficulty as the new “Normal”).

There are now Skull Coins to find and pick up in the levels.

Now we’re really looking forward to joining you in the dungeons, watching your struggles and success, and finally being able to share our game with the PlayStation audience.

Come and Invade the Darkness with us!

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  • SaviorMachine

    What you people did with Helldivers was so masterful, so powerful… honestly, you had me at “Arrowhead Studios.”

    • Malin Hedström
      Malin Hedström

      Wow, this is really wonderful and encouraging praise, thank you! I hope you will have a lot of fun with Gauntlet too!

  • How much is it?

  • Can two players play the same class?

  • darthjebus78

    Looks cool. I have the regular version for my laptop but my PC sucks. So im glad to see this version. Preorderd a while ago, about to play it now.

  • iamtylerdurden1

    Does it have a Platinum trophy?

    • The original did, so I imagine this version will too.

    • Yes it does. All of the trophies are already out at true trophies.org! I am glad they can be achieved in one player mode except if the game is too difficult. Will wait for a published review first.

  • TeamGreen615

    I will buy this game at some point. The only thing is I prefer retail versions of games. So I’m going to wait and see if you guys eventually release a disk version like you are doing for Helldivers. Thanks for bringing this to the PS4.

    Here comes a response from some kid telling me it’s 2015 and I need to go digital.

    • Sorry I ran to the keyboard as fast as I could; it’s 2015 you need to go digital.

    • TeamGreen615

      Thanks Junior!

    • Malin Hedström
      Malin Hedström

      I can at least tell you that there seem to be no disc version planned for the moment, but I can’t promise one way or the other for sure for the future of course.

    • TeamGreen615

      Malin, I appreciate the response and I’m going to wait and see what happens down the road. Either way though this will be a game I purchase. I will be adding the retail version of Helldivers to my collection soon also. :)

  • Is it 60fps?

    • Malin Hedström
      Malin Hedström

      I’ll check on this when the rest of the team is back in the morning, not absolutely sure myself.

  • Wish this was on vita

  • Do we still have time to pre-order this game?

  • AirMaxPenny

    Gauntlet was a cool game when it came out, however with Diablo 3 also on PS4, this may be a hard sale at $20.

  • I was thinking the same thing, I’ll probably pick up gauntlet in the future, I have too many games to play but there are some differences. I’m assuming Gauntlet is a lot more arcadey than RPG which is a good thing for Gauntlet. Grats with the release and I’ll definitely pick this up in the future.

    Release the Gauntlet theme to everyone too :) I love themes!!

  • The Gauntlet series is one of my most favorites. No PS4 yet, so I’d also like to see this on the Vita!

  • BELERIAN1982

    great game so far
    if someone want to play pls add me. But I want to say I m a native spanish so my english is not perfect :)

  • Savage_Wrestler

    When playing couch co-op does each controller sign into each players account separately? Someone asked if two player can play the same class and the answer was no. If it is two different account and saved characters on one game why would you be able to be the same class?? I’m confused

  • Savage_Wrestler

    I’m going to hold out on purchasing this right now. I’m betting this will be a Plus title within 6 months or else have a huge price drop in the future. Gauntlet dark legacy is one of my favorite games and I’d much prefer a remake or sequel to that. On the other hand if this was disc based I’d have purchased it day one. Something to consider for the Devs. There are many of us who still want our physical copy of games.

  • This is by far bar none the worst game I ever spent more than 2 minutes playing! It seems all game designers presently are doing the same thing. They cant make any new or original content nor mechanics so they just up the multiplier to overtune the crappy content. I have had more fun shopping for yarn at walmart. It is sad to see this is what a great 20 year title is reduced to.

  • LurchSkywalker

    Its so nice to play an updated classic that is not horrendous! Diablo 3 is likely a better buy for 20 bucks, but I know I picked it up!!! :)

  • Me and my son is playing on local setting. Easy level. When skull coins is empty.. we wait 15s, there is still no possebillity to resurect. What is wrong?

  • Peacekeeper2024

    I know there will be a disk and everything but what’s your estimated year and month for the release.
    Thanks.

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