Today Ubisoft announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group to create a videogame based on the television drama series Heroes. The third-person action/adventure game will come to next-generation consoles and PCs in early fall 2008.
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.
“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.”
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.
I thought saving the princess was getting old anyway, so saving the cheerleader should be a fun change of pace! 😉
Update November 6th 2008: The Heroes videogame has been cancelled, perhaps as a result of the dwindling popularity of the TV show. Ubisoft’s public relations director Jaime Cottini had this to say: “The rights to the ‘Heroes’ video game have reverted back to NBC Universal. Ubisoft will no longer produce a video game based on the TV series.”