No, no, no. It’s not a preview of this week’s 2-hour finale, Reckoning. Today, we got official word that the producers of Lost are planning a game (console, PC and handheld) based on the Lost franchise.
No particular details have been released – just lots of conjecture, speculation and theorizing – on the format of gameplay and the storyline. In that way, the press and fans are talking about the game in the same terms as they discuss show. To me, that’s a success right out of the box.
Most folks are of the opinion we’ll see some kind of MMORPG that incorporates episodic story content. I think that’s about right.
I also think the market is hungry for episodic video gaming. With the producers already working their way through an ARG (alternate reality game) in the form of the Lost Experience, the next logical step was a more concrete, boxed game title that utilizes broadband connectivity to reveal new storylines, characters and content.
In this way, I think it’s like the reported plans for Myst: Uru/Uru Live. [DISCLAIMER: I work for Turner Broadcasting, which currently runs GameTap and is working with Cyan on Uru Live, but I’m not privvy to any actual plans for Uru Live. So don’t ask.]
In any event, I’m the Lost nerd who blogs the show weekly, bought Bad Twin and is actively playing the Lost Experience so you can assume I’m biased, but I still think the video game is a good idea. I can’t think of a better show or group of producers who could actually take advantage of multiple mediums to tell different parts of the same story.
I’ll be buying.