UPDATED: Ubisoft brings Spartacus to Xbox 360, PS3

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A new fighting game based on popular TV show Spartacus is heading to consoles next year.

Ubisoft will publish Spartacus Legends for Xbox 360 and PS3 in early 2013. It is not yet clear whether this is a retail release or a download-only title like the publisher's Expendables 2 tie-in.

The title will throw players into a Roman arena and pit them against beefy gladiators, either in the blood-stained sandals of Spartacus, Crixus or their own creation.

Multiplayer modes will allow them to challenge friends, both on and offline, while leaderboards will list the world's Spartacus champions.

Liam McIntyre, who plays Spartacus in the TV show, will lend his voice and likeness to the game, and has even been on hand to provide feedback as Legends has been developed.

UPDATE:Ubisoft has confirmed to MCV that Spartacus Legends will be download-only, released on Xbox Live Arcade and Sony Entertainment Network.