Spartacus Legends fighting game arriving early 2013

Ubisoft bringing brawler based on Starz TV show to unspecified consoles at beginning of next year; Liam McIntyre lending voice and likeness to game.

Starz Entertainment's original Spartacus television show is being spun into a console game. Ubisoft announced today that it will publish Spartacus Legends--a fighting game based on the original TV series--in early 2013 for unspecified consoles.

Heads will roll in the new Spartacus game.

According to Ubisoft, 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, McIntrye is reportedly "very involved" with the Spartacus Legends development team, playing early builds and providing feedback.

Not everyone will have to wait until 2013 to play Spartacus Legends, as the game will be playable on the Comic-Con 2012 show floor at the Starz Media booth from today through Sunday.

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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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GhostHero333
GhostHero333

Spartacus IMO is one of the top shows of all time right next to Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and Boardwalk Empire.

 

Can't wait till this comes out. Now I have three games to look forward to in early 2013 (Gears of War, Spartacus, and Bioshock).

CountZurich
CountZurich

Those of you expecting nudity akin to the show, get real. Look at the (very few) big games that have nudity. God of War, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, etc. The most that's showed is some boobs in no more than one scene. You think with all the fire video games has come under in the past decade or so they'll risk the amount of sex and nudity in the show?

CountZurich
CountZurich

Seriously. This was an idea I had playing Oblivion's Arena and watching Spartacus. But people with MONEY got to it before I did. Knowing Liam McIntyre, an avid gamer, is pretty involved in the development, PLUS user-created gladiators (I'm a sucker for custom characters), this sounds like it has good potential. Hopefully it's less like Game of Thrones as far as TV-to-video game adaptations go.

greendude123
greendude123

I do not see any woman's t*ts in the crowd, this is obviously not based on the starz shows!!! MADNESS................ and fix it!

bg44
bg44

I want this to be good but realistically its probably gonna suck

Majkic666
Majkic666

Well we need Gladiator games!

interrasteral7
interrasteral7

In my opinion, I have a bad feeling about this game, because it is being develop by Kung Fu Factory who made Supremacy MMA.

redluigi11
redluigi11

i hope for a good game i like the tv and hopefully ubisolf dose not dissapoint 

juliangui
juliangui

That decapitation in the screenshot is hilarious. That head doesnt seem to be bothered by whats happening at all.

fer_filipe
fer_filipe

Hope Ubisoft does a great job with this one and dont f**k with the show.

Nodashi
Nodashi

Cool. I actually don't like the show because of the MTV style editing and effects, but it's perfect to a fighting game. Let's just hope they don't make it too generic/noob friendly like a lot of games based on movies/series.

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

Well by Experience I've learned that Movie to Game never turns out great, Remember Avatar! this one looks like same thing happened to Prison Break and Avatar by Ubisoft .... but I hope this one turns out great love to try it cause I my self am working on making Spartacus the Arena and the Pits as an Educational Project with UDK you can keep track it here http://makanansari.weebly.com/

xerxes5678
xerxes5678

Awesome show, not sure about this game though.

biokrysty
biokrysty

I want it on PC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shadeofaltayr
shadeofaltayr

woooohoooo. i hope  they will not blow this up... i  loved the  tv series.. a game would be awsome:X:X:X:X:X , can't wait:X:X:>:F

 

romulus45
romulus45

Spartacus is a hell of a series, great script, great plots, superb action and the fight scenes are fantastic. Anyone who has seen the movie 300 will get hte picture. This could be a great game if they dont rush it out and screw it up. Lets face it, TV and movie tie-ins dont have a great history. I remember a game called Barbarian where you were in an arena and could chop off your opponants head whith a well timed spin stroke of the sword. cant wait.

fanboyxbox
fanboyxbox

I hope this game is more like "Gladiator" from the PS 2 days. I love playing it on my Vita.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Ironic I just started watching Spartacus this morning.

Assemblent
Assemblent

Please bring back to a fighting game one hit kills like in Bushido Blade or Sword of the Samurai! This game has potential to be quite cool if done properly.

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

kinda off topic, but is the show any good? I heard the story's pretty ok, but ruined by tasteless sex and nudity...

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

I wonder if there will be any playable orgy sections in the game?  ;)

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

This looks badass. Can't wait. Kind of reminds me of Shadow of Rome on the PS2. Is this going to a fighter?

Gamod
Gamod

Like deadliest warrior? but better? Great!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Anyone who remembers Barbarian in the good old 8/16bit days remembers the satisfaction of successfully pulling off a flying head chop : )  I really hope this game offers the same levels of goodness : )

Lexxurious
Lexxurious

Great idea for a game, i love fresh concepts

Wizallah
Wizallah

It's funny, whenever new games are announced, the comments are always negative and people always seem disappointed even though the game is still in development. It shows that people have lowered their expectations for new games.

Dark_December
Dark_December

As much as I like the show, my spider sense tells me this will be shallow.

 

Maybe if it let you own a ludus, mingle with an economic system, recruit, trade and train gladiators, participate in full fledged events with chariots and tigers, or even fight in the underground pits with random starting weapons... oh well, I'm a dreamer.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

id rather have shadow of rome ported to pc and the ps3 and 360 than this

Opstinger
Opstinger

 @bg44 If it's anything like the Deadliest Warrior games, it will suck.

CountZurich
CountZurich

 @Majkic666 Something along the lines of Oblivion's Arena quest with more of a Spartacus-style storyline.

CountZurich
CountZurich

 @syler4815162342Well this is TV-to-game, so it would fall more in line with Game of Thrones and the upcoming Walking Dead game. Still not much more hope. Main difference is most movie tie-in games' development is rushed to beat the movie's release date. The aforementioned TV-to-game adaptations had at least a longer development time.

MechaNapoleon
MechaNapoleon

Its great if a lil low-brow at times.   The sex is there, but isn't as pointless as other shows, but there is alot.   Where the show fails (or is made even more amusing, depending on your pov) is the special effects department often looks ridiculously bad.

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

 @gamingfrendly I was hoping that they would make  a Spartacus game like Shadow of Rome.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

 @ps4please It is ironic that I enjoyed the show and it made me remember how much I like gladiators and it made me want to play a game with gladiators. Then right after watching the episode I come on here and see an article for the game, not expecting to see a game for the show.

CountZurich
CountZurich

 @MechaNapoleon With the exception of the pilot, each episode of the first season is wonderfully crafted and well-executed. The TV show has an understandably limited budget (it's not an adaptation of a big-name series such as Game of Thrones) and they chose to compensate by going with a more graphic novel style. But really, the sex and violence don't do much to detract from the really great aspects of the show.

ps4please
ps4please

 @Toysoldier34

 i·ro·ny1  

noun, plural i·ro·nies. 1. the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning: the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend.

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

 @CountZurich I see. Might check it out sometimes. I wonder if it's any better than HBO's Rome. Thanks