03/20/2013 03:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Total War: Rome II' Honors Fan Who Died From Cancer With Video Game Character (PHOTO)

James may have lost his battle to liver cancer at age 24, but his legacy does not end there.

After a fateful meeting with the creator of one of his favorite video games, James will live on as a character in "Total War: Rome II," Eurogamer reports.

The Willow Foundation, a United Kingdom-based charity that arranges "special days" for the seriously ill, set up a meeting with the gaming company so the super fan could get a behind-the-scenes look at how Total War is created.

"It's very rare that we open the doors to the studio, as we're often working on unannounced projects," Craig Laycock, the community manager for Creative Assembly's Total War, told ABC News, adding that he was touched by James' story. "I lost my father to cancer at a young age, so it was a cause I was really behind and something we really wanted to make happen."

At the time, James became the first person outside the company to play "Total War: Rome II," which is set to be released in October.

While that in and of itself may have satiated any video game fan's wish, Creative Assembly decided to go a step further and model a character after James.

Laycock described his meeting with the cancer-stricken fan in a heartfelt post on the game developer's website.

"[A]lthough he won’t get the chance to see Rome II released, he will live on in some small way in our game," Laycock wrote in the blog post, "and every time I see him I’ll be reminded of what a great guy he was."

See what James' character will look like in "Total War: Rome II" in the photos below.

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