September 25, 2005

Publisher says welcome to the ‘O.C’ game

By John Gaudiosi

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox teen soap "The O.C."
is set to become a mobile video game.

Publisher Gameloft will announce a multiyear license Monday
with the first game scheduled to launch next year. The hit
series joins Gameloft's collection of Hollywood-related mobile
games, including "War of the Worlds" and "King Kong."

Gameloft president Michel Guillemot said the property will
allow players either to assume the role of one of the four main
characters from the show or to create their own original
character. The style of play is similar to reality-simulation
titles like "The Sims," allowing fans of the show to explore
the "O.C." universe by dressing to impress, joining the right
cliques, dating the right people and striving to fit into the
ultra-trendy community, Guillemot said.

"The game was designed with the intention of capturing a
realistic and true environment that mimicked the show, yet
provide new elements to it that was specific only to the game,"
he said. "We took into consideration the pivotal moments of the
last two seasons and worked to create a realistic 'O.C.'

Gameloft is taking the creative lead on the game, but the
publisher will continue to collaborate with "The O.C." program
creators on the title.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter