Free-to-play Spartacus Legends launching in 2013

Fighting game based on Starz TV series hitting XBLA and PSN next year as a free-to-play offering with paid equipment available.

Spartacus Legends, the new fighting game based on Starz's original television series, will launch as a free-to-play game on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network next year, publisher Ubisoft announced today.

All the dismemberment without the cost.

Though the game will be free to play, it will offer various equipment options for purchase. Ubisoft said it will ensure competitive play through the game's "fame" system. According to the publisher, the higher-tier equipment available for purchase will require additional "fame," meaning early players will not be able to use such equipment.

It was not mentioned how much add-on equipment would sell for in Spartacus Legends.

Free-to-play console games are becoming more and more prevalent. Just last week it was announced that Happy Wars and Ascend: New Gods would be the first free-to-play games for XBLA. Additionally, free-to-play offerings already exist on Sony's PSN, including DC Universe Online, Killzone 3's multiplayer component, and Free Realms.

Spartacus Legends players will experience the life of a gladiator, from practicing on training grounds to participating in battles in the arena. Players will be tasked with dismembering their foes and will have thousands of weapon combinations and a "robust" skill system to use along the way.

Players will be able to fight as Spartacus, Crixus, or a user-created gladiator and take part in fights with friends locally or via online multiplayer. The game also sports a worldwide leaderboard for players to track their progress against others.

Fans of the Spartacus TV show will recognize one of the game's fighters. Liam McIntyre, who took over as Spartacus in the show's second season following the death of Andy Whitfield from cancer in 2011, will lend his voice and likeness to the game. Additionally, McIntyre is reportedly "very involved" with the Spartacus Legends development team, playing early builds and providing feedback.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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7harshal
7harshal

This is f2p game i.e all are invited to test there fighting skills. No one is forcing to buy new stuffs. If you are good enough u can kill the giant born out of a credit card.

staring_death
staring_death

Don't get to worked up! These developers are financial devils. They know how to make it look like it's free with a good deal and a pat on the back.First few games will offer cheap equipment. Maybe 100 swords and shields for 50 Dollars, and customs and *hit for a bigger price. Everyone will think they've got a great deal. And just as it sticks, they will really "stick" it up gamers, and will charge huge amounts for little content.

This is just how Sony made and sold six-axis and Move, and how Microsoft made and sold Kinect. First they will earn your trust on some front-runners, and after they hooked you, it's all downhill from there.

The bittersweet truth is here and sooner or later we all gotta bite it: the worthy gamers will leave the hobby and start becoming something other than couch potatoes, while morons will join the non-gamers and will start a hollow consumer base that is always there and spends money on bullshit!And no pro gamer can do a damn thing about it...

wyan_
wyan_

I would like to try a gladiator game like this, but it's f2p, so I hope it sucks. Wait, what the hell am I saying?! Really though, f2p, p2w... Oh god...... why?..................

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Remember, this is a free to play game. The greedy companies are trying to push this to the future.

 

Make a stand now and don't play this.

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

If I wanted pay to win games I would be playing Nexon games. =/

 

Thanks but no thanks.

weaslerz
weaslerz

Well, I'll try it out 'till the point I have to pay extra for something

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

And so it begins, the bright new f2p-future envisioned by EA and Ubisoft. Sorry won't pay for weapons and armor or anything else in-game with real money, let me pay for the whole game instead.

 

It's not about being cheap, more to do with the immersion factor for me, if I need to break up my gaming session and whip out the credit card to buy stuff in-game it just feels wrong, especially if it's a historical setting like this game. Sorry about that, maybe I'm one of those old-fashioned gamers that doesn't "get it". Oh well.

slonekb05
slonekb05

the tv series was one best shows iv ever seen. The game however im sure will suck.

apollo333
apollo333

A 1v1 competitive game with an uneven playing field? What an ingenious idea! It's almost like they heard my frequent cries of "this fighting game is too fair!!"

deskp
deskp

Don't like it? dont pay. 

BigFeef
BigFeef

Here's your free starting equipment: a weapon set for your fighting style made out of wood and a loincloth. Oh, you wanted some steel weapons and decent armour? Well; those'll cost you 800 points or $8. Oh, you thought the game was free? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Velphian-Freddy
Velphian-Freddy

Love spartacus and it's free! no harm in trying it :)

codeman101360
codeman101360

That's it, Ubisoft is now officially on my "avoid" list, right up there with EA and Activision.

yota234
yota234

The dark era of F2P has begun, be ready.

BFKZ
BFKZ

If the game is anything like "Shadow of Rome" am definitely game.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Paying for virtual equipment?  WTF?  Gaming has officially gone the crapper.

SolidTy
SolidTy

F2P on Xbox Live isn't really F2P, as you have to pay for the service...Nice Try!!! :P

 

Seriously, it was a shame we lost Andy Whitfield and I do hope Ubi does this game right, but I have a feeling it isn't going to be the best.

XxTheEvilxX
XxTheEvilxX

And in other news... Consoles are lying in a pool of blood. AAA Titles are dead, and the world is coming to an end... Mwa ha ha

Will the sun ever rise again on people who don't like F2P?? More on GameSpot tomorrow.

blackace
blackace

I'd give the trial a try, but I'm curious as to how much weapons, armor, shields, etc.. will cost and if there are other ways of getting every item in the game without paying. If the best of everything can only be acquired by pulling out your CC, I probably will pass.

XxTheEvilxX
XxTheEvilxX

It's Free YAAAAY! Oh wait a minute...  $10 a sword? $10 for a shield? And $15 to wipe your arse... Pass...

 

By the way, many of you will remember the proceeding today's announcement, UberDumb I mean Ubisoft, said AAA titles are dying. Sounds to me like that is what they want you to believe so you will buy into their Pay-to-Win system. Ohhh that's right, the FAME will keep it in check. And if you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale too.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

"It was not mentioned how much add-on equipment would sell for in Spartacus Legends." I suppose it IS a bit much to expect you to pull a finger out and maybe do some research into it..

Fursnake
Fursnake

Oh look, a crappy f2p (which will end up being p2p by the sound of it) attempt at cashing in on an existing tv franchise. I'm just gonna call this one a waste before it even comes out and move on.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

I am still wary on free-to-play games and their popularity.

woodyfr
woodyfr

Joey, do you like movies about gladiators? 

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

If it's *really* true to the original series the game itself could easily be free if they simply charge for adult content.

 

Oh, you wanted to see Xena? Or better yet, Gladiator_Bob_xxx_69, you want to talk to her? Just call the 900 number on your screen. Call now and you'll get fifty cents off the first five minutes! Or you can click the link below and be taken to a live video chat for the low, low price of a dollar a minute!

 

It'd pay for itself in a day.

deathblow3
deathblow3

yeah fail if this does good then i will have to check out of gaming all together.

swantn5
swantn5

i bet you have to have xbox live gold

tgwolf
tgwolf

 @wyan_ I can already tell it sucks, look at how graphic it is! Hmm, no relation to it being f2p...

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

 @Mr_Big_Boss

 You have a valid point.  As much as I want this game I don't want it like this.  It's kind of like some rich bastard offering you a million dollar penthouse but the catch is he gets to come over and get a hummer once a month...

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

 @XxTheEvilxX "More on GameSpot tomorrow." But only if Eddie finds an article on the subject that he can copy + paste, as opposed to putting his own effort into it.

blackace
blackace

 @Disturbed_88 

lmao!! PC is no longer the standard when it comes to games for XBL and PSN. Especially fighting games.

blackace
blackace

 @swantn5 

No. You can buy XBLA games without having a gold membership. I think people keep forgetting that you can always have a XBL Silver membership for free.

deathblow3
deathblow3

 @swantn5 of course you do but since you have to pay for it anyway it doesnt count. that like saying free to play on you pc aint free because you have to pay for the internet. or free to play on you phone aint free because of your phone bill. stop being stupid

gufberg
gufberg

 @swantn5 Nothing weird about that. Its free ... If you pay ;) 

darwin356
darwin356

@deathblow3 see, the thing is, your paying both the internet and the subscription when playing it on xbox.

 

deathblow3
deathblow3

 @darwin356  @deathblow3 the thing is that only matters if your xbox isnt online then yes you have to get xbox live to play. but how different is that than having to turn on you phone service to use the app store if you dont have wifi. and if you dont want to do that then get wifi. but if you already have it  then its cost nothing till you find out you cant advance unless you grind for months to get an item you can buy in game maybe? point is there is no such thing as free to play maybe free to test  :) but you have to pay to compete nothing is free if you could do it without paying then they would make no money.

blackace
blackace

 @darwin356  @deathblow3 

You don't have to PAY ANYTHING to download trial demos of XBLA games. You will be able to get Spartacus for FREE, but as they have said, you'll have to pay for better weapons, armor, etc... to get anywhere in the game.