NBC's hit series Heroes is powering up for a video game adaptation by French gamemaker Ubisoft, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The long-in-the-works deal gives Ubisoft the rights to build a third-person superhero action game that brings the series characters, locations and story lines to next-generation game consoles and the PC. The untitled game could be in stores as soon as late 2008.
"We're very excited to be making the Heroes video game with Ubisoft," said Tim Kring, executive producer and creator of Heroes. "Time and again, Ubisoft has proven they can turn licensed properties into fantastic games."
Instead of highlighting a specific character's heroic journey, the game will focus on the entire ensemble cast. The game also is expected to play a crucial role in how the show's writers explore cross-platform storytelling for future seasons.
The TV series writers will supervise and consult on game design and story.
UPDATE ... From the Official Press Release:
Ubisoft announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group to develop and publish a video game based on the television drama series Heroes.
The first season of Tim Kring's hit TV series has attracted over 14 million viewers each week and is one of the most popular shows among 18-49 year-olds. Time magazine named Heroes one of the Top 10 TV shows for 2006, and the phenomenon is now broadcast in more than 30 countries across the globe.
Heroes is an epic drama that chronicles the lives of ordinary people across the world who discover they possess extraordinary abilities, such as telepathy, time travel and flight. They will soon come to realize that the fate of the world depends on them, and be forced to team up against someone seeking to eliminate them.
"With a gripping storyline and rich characters, Heroes lends itself naturally to a video game format," said Christian Salomon, vice president of worldwide licensing at Ubisoft. "By offering people the chance to interact directly with the show's captivating universe, there is no doubt that the game will appeal to both fans of the series and avid gamers."
"We are very excited to be making the Heroes video game with Ubisoft," said Tim Kring, executive producer and creator of Heroes. "Time and again, Ubisoft has proven they can turn licensed properties into fantastic games."
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