Spartacus Legends, an arena combat tie in to the popular Starz series, will be free on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Ubisoft announced the title's free-to-play status during its Digital Days event, as well as showing a new trailer and screens, both of which are viewable below.
Although player will be able to buy better equipment - choosing from "thousands" of combinations - gear will be graded by fame, meaning only the best players will have access to the best items. Presumably, ranked matches will be restricted to players in the same fame bracket, as Ubisoft notes that this system "ensures that competitive play stays fair".
Spartucus Legends boasts extensive customisation for those who choose to debut their own fighter rather than step into the sandals of Spartacus or Crixus, and will feature offline versus mode in addition to online battles and global leaderboards. The early 2013 release joins a small number of other free-to-play offerings on both console networks.