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Gauntlet reboot launching Sept. 3, pre-order includes digital comic from DC

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Gauntlet, this year's reboot of the classic co-op dungeon crawler, will be released Sept. 3 on Linux and Windows, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today.

The downloadable title will cost $19.99 for a Steam Play copy that is valid across both platforms. Pre-orders are already up for Gauntlet, with all pre-order customers set to receive a free digital comic, Gauntlet: Darkness Calls, from DC Entertainment. Various retailers are also offering unique in-game weapons as additional pre-order bonuses; Steam pre-purchase customers will get the Reaper's Visage helm and a double-headed axe known as Azkog the Demon Slayer.

Darkness Calls will focus on the origin story of Morak, the hooded villain of the franchise. It's Morak's gauntlet that players are trying to survive in an effort to recover the Sacred Orb he stole. You can see the cover of Gauntlet: Darkness Calls below.

Gauntlet is in development at Arrowhead Game Studios, the company behind Magicka and Helldivers. The game will offer four fantasy classes — Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie and Elf — and those characters will have to work together to clear out procedurally generated dungeons. For more on Gauntlet, check out the trailer below, and read our preview from the 2014 Game Developers Conference.


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