Gameloft Gets LOST and Finds A Way Into Cell Phones
ABC/Touchstone Television's Hit TV Series Paves the Way for Mobile Game Industry
New York - Gameloft, a leading publisher and developer of video games for mobile phones, is announcing today the launch of LOST, the official mobile game of ABC/Touchstone Television's award-winning television series. Developed in close collaboration with the show's producers, the game is sure to pick up instant success by connecting with its massive amount of loyal fans.
"Adapting the world of LOST into a mobile game is a key franchise priority," said Bruce Gersh, senior vice president, business development, ABC Entertainment and Touchstone Television. "Working together with Gameloft and the LOST producers, we have created a game full of action and entertainment that will appeal to fans of the show, as well as casual and hard core gamers."
"LOST is a phenomenon and comes with a passionate fan base," said Gonzague de Vallois, Gameloft's Vice President of Publishing. "We are confident this game will pave the way for future mobile games with high-production values. It has real mass market appeal and even people who haven't yet discovered the show will enjoy this gameplay."
In time for the show's highly-anticipated February 7th return, Gameloft has created a diverse action/adventure game aimed at bringing drama and suspense to anyone with access to a cell phone. Gamers will play Jack and relive the show's most pivotal moments: experience the plane crash, open the hatch and meet the notorious Others. Gameplay includes various challenges such as hunting for food, tending to the wounded and searching for dynamite. Players can also interact with the rest of the show's ensemble cast including Kate, Locke, Sayid and Sawyer. With genuine character likenesses and authentic locations replicated from the show's set, gamers will feel as though they are deep in the belly of the island.
"We are thrilled that Gameloft is bringing our show to the mobile game market," said Carlton Cuse, Executive Producer of the show. "The game offers drama, suspense and pure fun. Gameloft managed to reconstruct all the key locations from our show -- from the crash site to the hatch, to our jungle...all with realistic, high-quality graphics. It would be easy to get LOST for a lot of hours playing this game."
The LOST mobile game is available through 170 telecom operators, 150 partners, in 75 countries. It has been adapted to 800 different cell phone models.
Awarded the 2005 Emmy and 2006 Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, "Lost" returns for the second act of its third season of action-packed mystery and adventure -- that will continue to bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost.
"Lost" stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie and Terry O'Quinn as Locke.
"Lost" was created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender, Jeff Pinkner and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers. "Lost," which is filmed entirely on location in Hawaii, is from Touchstone Television.
Gameloft is a leading international publisher and developer of video games for mobile phones. Founded in 1999, it has emerged as one of the top innovators in its field. The company creates games for mobile handsets equipped with Java, Brew, or Symbian technology. The total number of mobile handsets with this technology is expected to exceed two billion units in 2008 (ARC GROUP).
Thanks to partnership agreements with leading licensors and personalities such as Ubisoft Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Touchstone Television, Viacom, Sony Pictures, FifPro, Paris Hilton Ent., Lamborghini, Derek Jeter, Reggie Bush, Vijay Singh, Andrei Schevchenko, and Djibril Cisse, Gameloft has formed strong relationships with international brands. In addition to the partnerships, Gameloft owns and operates such brands as Block Breaker Deluxe, Asphalt: Urban GT and New York Nights.
As a result of agreements with telecom carriers, handset manufacturers, specialized distributors and its online store, Gameloft now boasts a distribution network covering 75 countries.
Gameloft has worldwide offices in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Paris, London, Dusseldorf, Milan, Madrid, New Delhi, Seoul, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. Gameloft is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GLFT.PA)
For more information, visit www.gameloft.com.