Lost goes mobile gaming

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That buzzing in your pocket might be Sawyer.

ABC has announced Touchstone Television and mobile gamemaker Gameloft are entering into a partnership to develop, publish, and distribute mobile games based on the network's shows Lost and Desperate Housewives. The games will appear in early 2007.

"Gameloft is proud to partner with ABC Entertainment and Touchstone Television to bring the popular Desperate Housewives and Lost series to mobile gamers," said Michel Guillemot, president of Gameloft. "We are excited to develop and deliver games based on these shows to over one billion mobile users worldwide."

"Both Lost and Desperate Housewives have loyal and dedicated fans, and we are excited to be able to bring them more ways to interact and engage with their favorite shows and characters," said Bruce Gersh, senior vice president, business development, ABC Entertainment and Touchstone Television. "We look forward to working together with Gameloft to develop games that capture the defining essence of each show."

Gameloft is reportedly working with the writers of both shows to ensure the games dovetail with the plots of the series, while adding new elements only for gamers. The Paris-based company recently released a mobile game based on Fox's The OC, which featured character likenesses in minigames and other settings from the show.

Guillemot told Hollywood Reporter that neither Lost nor Desperate games will feature character likenesses.

Lost and Desperate Housewives are going into games in a big way. Gamemaker Ubisoft is also readying a Lost game for consoles, and Buena Vista games will soon ship the Sims-like Housewives PC game.

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