Video game publisher Ubisoft has signed a long-term deal with developer Gearbox Software for a new military franchise: Brothers in Arms.

Created by Texas-based Gearbox, Brothers in Arms features a squad-based combat mechanism set in the WWII genre. It ships on consoles and PCs starting late 2004.

“The WWII theme is one of the fastest growing segments of the military shooter market and we believe that Brothers in Arms is the ideal title to expand Ubisoft’s new catalog of war games,” said Yves Guillemot, CEO and President of Ubisoft. “We were blown away by the immersive and realistic combat we experienced when playing this game and anybody who knows the reputation of Gearbox Software will understand the magnitude of this deal.”