Starz Digital Media, the digital and on-demand licensing arm of Starz, has announced a sneak preview of its upcoming Facebook social game, Spartacus: Vengeance The Game, launched on Jan. 27.
Viewers of the sneak preview video teaser are able to “like” the game and sign up to be invited to play once the game is live. Both the video teaser and Spartacus: Vengeance The Game are designed to accompany the STARZ Original series “Spartacus: Vengeance,” debuting on Jan. 27 at 10 pm et/pt.
The video teaser also coincides with a multi-affiliate sampling effort of the first episode of “Spartacus: Vengeance” starting on Jan. 20 across multiple providers including on-demand and online platforms.
Spartacus: Vengeance The Game, as with Spartacus: The Game, will be built on Large Animal Game’s proprietary Toga application platform. Toga is a social game infrastructure which promises to reduce the time, cost and resource needs of social and mobile game developers.
It lets administrators manage and create game content without the need for engineering resources; lets product managers view advanced, custom stat packages; and supports cross-platform deployment, including Facebook, Google+, Android, iOS and more, ensuring that products are future-proofed. Its architecture is expandable via plug-in or library and integrates with third parties to allow limitless expansion.
Facebook-based Spartacus: Vengeance The Game is free to play and takes the player, a recently escaped slave, outside of the arena to embrace a series of challenges and lead his own band of warriors.
Through his journey, the player will travel from Capua to Vesuvius, paralleling the feats of Spartacus’s own warriors. As with the Spartacus series on STARZ, the game offers more than just fighting; it functions on a strategic level as well.
Throughout the game, players will be given missions to wrest various locations from Roman control by overcoming a series of challenges, such as building and equipping an army, liberating slaves and other prisoners and acquiring fighters. All the while the player will be working with and conspiring against characters from “Spartacus: Vengeance.”
The first episode will be available online free for sampling beginning Jan. 20 at www.starz.com/spartacus, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/spartacus.starz, and direct through select STARZ affiliates including Comcast’s Xfinity TV (www.xfinitytv.com), DIRECTV (www.directv.com), DISH Network (www.DISHOnline.com) and Charter (www.charter.net).
Users on the go can also view the first episode on Comcast’s Xfinity TV app (www.xfinity.com/tvapp) for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. In addition, AT&T U-verse, Comcast’s Xfinity, Charter and DIRECTV will sample the first episode on their respective Facebook pages.