Spartacus gets its Vengeance on Facebook for new season on Starz

Spartacus: Vengeance The Game on Facebook
Starz wants to take another stab at Facebook gaming. (Sorry, we just couldn't resist.) The entertainment company announced that it will launch a brand new Spartacus social game to coincide with the Jan. 27 season premiere of the show on Starz. Titled Spartacus: Vengeance and created by Large Animal, the Facebook battler will launch on the same day as the season premiere.

Starz Digital Media is handling the publishing of the game, which will capitalize on the success of the first, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. According to Hollywood Reporter, that first game enjoyed 1.2 million monthly players at its peak. While that peak didn't last for much longer beyond the 2011 Spartacus season's run, those are impressive numbers for a branded social game. And New York-based social game maker Large Animal looks to improve upon its winning formula.

"Spartacus: The Game helped change the landscape for branded Facebook games based on media properties and was very successful," Large Animal CEO Wade Tinney told Hollywood Reporter. (We kinda dug the first game, too, for what it was.) "With Spartacus: Vengeance Game, we intend to amp up all of the things our players and the show's fans love."

When Spartacus" Vengeance hits later this month, players will fill the role of--surprise--an escaped slave that builds an army of makeshift warriors to get payback on his slavers. Players will work with and against characters from the show to reach this goal, which includes an expansion of the battle system in the first into a six-on-six melee. To get a better idea of what to expect from Spartacus: Vengeance on Jan. 27, check out the game trailer below:

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