Spartacus Legends, a fighting game designed to immerse players in the world created by the Spartacus series from Starz Entertainment, will be released early in 2013 for Xbox 360 and PS3, Ubisoft has announced.

Gamers will experience primeval gladiator moments, from training inside the ludus to brutal battles in the arena, all while striving to become a legend.

There's the promise of thousands of weapon combinations and a robust skill system, giving players the ability to customise their gladiators and dismember their opponents.

Fight as Spartacus, Crixus or a user created gladiator against friends offline or in online multiplayer.

Liam McIntyre, who players Spartacus in the series, has been very involved with the Spartacus Legends team. In addition to allowing his likeness and voice to be featured, Liam has provided his creative feedback throughout the development process.