Gauntlet drops the hammer on September 3 with pre-order bonuses

Warner Bros. Interactive has confirmed a September 3 release date for their upcoming revival of the dungeon-crawling classic Gauntlet, narrowing down its previous Summer 2014 release window. Along with the release date comes some new pre-order incentives for anyone that pre-purchases the PC exclusive prior to its arrival, including a digital comic that dives into the central villain's backstory.

Gauntlet: Darkness Calls is an all-new story from DC Entertainment and will explore the origins of the evil Morak. No writer and artist have been revealed, but the digital comic is set to arrive on the game's September 3 release date.

Players will also receive special pre-order weapons, depending on their retail outlet of choice. Amazon offers the Giant's Bane Weapon, a large bloody axe. GameStop features the Juggernaut of Hakura, a spiky hammer. Green Man Gaming tosses in Mordok's Screaming Hammer, a giant metal weapon adorned with skull fragments on each side. And Steam will include both the Azkog the Demon Slayer weapon (a powerful metallic staff) and the Reaper's Visage Helm item.

Gauntlet is currently slated to be a PC-only release, though WB is also promising full SteamOS support for whenever Valve releases its Steam Machines. For more on Gauntlet, check out our preview.