If you weren’t already entertained by the ability to reign over your own gladiatorial empire in Genera Games’ popular management sim/strategy battler Gladiator Heroes, a new update released today might just change that. Available to download now on both iOS and Android devices, it allows players to squad up and duke it out within clans for the first time.

A highly sought-after mode amongst diehard Gladiator Heroes fans for some time, the new inclusion of clans promises to bring with it a much deeper online experience. Once joining or forming a clan of your own, you’ll earn ‘fame’ points from multiplayer battles against players from around the world, which will help your clan work its way up in the global rankings.

Genera Games have taken extra time and care to listen to player feedback, hoping to deliver updates that only add-to and never impede the core Gladiator Heroes. With this latest update they hope that the addition of clans will better give meaning to player actions online, rewarding the top clans at the end of each month with exclusive in-game prizes. Online battles are suddenly taken to the next level, and building up a strong empire becomes more important than ever.

When taking the turn-based action online, as part of a clan you’ll be showing off your own personalised clan shield, letting the sting of your enemy’s defeat all the more sour. Gladiator Heroes makes a point of making it easy for you to invite friends to the clan, with integrated sharing options, letting you strategize in a group-wide chat with others in no time.

With close to three million downloads already attained and a suite of further updates planned for the game in the near future, Gladiator Heroes’ new clan update is free to experience now on iOS and Android devices.