Get 'Lost' in New Video Game

ByABC News
May 19, 2006, 4:15 PM

May 22, 2006 -- -- ABC's hit television creeper "Lost" is following in the footsteps of other small-screen blockbusters like "CSI" and "24" and is finding new life in the gaming world.

Though still in the very early stages of development, Touchstone Television and game maker Ubisoft announced today that a deal to make the game is final and that it's now in the hands of the programming geniuses at Ubisoft's Montreal studios.

"With our Montreal studios involved you can expect an extremely high level game," said Pascal Bonnet, director of licensing for Ubisoft "'Lost' is a hit all over the world and we want to bring the 'Lost' universe to the next level."

Bonnet says that less than two weeks ago at the video game industry's biggest trade show -- the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 -- he met with the show's producers, including co-creator J.J. Abrams, to discuss the project.

Bonnet wouldn't share much, but did say the idea is to create a video game as unique and engaging as the unconventional TV show.

"Lost" creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof and producers from the show will serve as executive producers on the game.

The "Lost" video game will be released for both home and handheld consoles, as well as for PCs, and is scheduled to hit stores sometime next year.

While the details have yet to be ironed out, Bruce Gersh, senior vice president of business development with ABC Entertainment, says ABC hopes to broaden the show's appeal with an interactive experience unlike any other.

"As we are developing this game, we'll be keeping in mind the core viewer, but also the core player," he said. "We're gonna have a lot of fun with it."

Gersh points out that while the show's characters will likely be involved in some way, the creation of the game may lead to new characters that could have the chance to jump out of the game and into the show.

"We did that with the 'Alias' game," he said. "It was a small character, but he appeared in the game first."