Players can get into the open beta for the upcoming browser-based MMO Battlestar Galactica Online starting February 8th by visiting Syfy.com and Syfy.co.uk, for a one week period. Also available to players only at Syfy.com – and international Syfy Universal websites – are a frakkin’ awesome set of Syfy-inspired Viper and Raider designs, which players can choose to represent them in the on-going battle between the Colonial and Cylon fleets.
Battlestar Galactica Online (http://battlestar-galactica.bigpoint.com/) is a free-to-play, browser-based space combat MMOG that combines high-quality, 3D graphics with intense gameplay. Bigpoint – the global market leader in browser-based massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) – designed and produced the game, which is based on Syfy’s award-winning, internationally popular television series Battlestar Galactica, produced by Universal Cable Productions.
In Battlestar Galactica Online, both the Colonial and Cylon fleets find themselves stranded in an unexplored area of space at the very edge of one of the galactic arms. Heavily damaged and critically low on resources, both fleets race against time to repair and rearm, struggling for control of systems rich in Tylium, metals and water. The Colonial fleet desperately searches for a way to escape and continue the search for Earth before the Cylons gain enough strength to destroy them once and for all.
In addition to the exclusive one week open beta period at www.Syfy.com and Syfy.co.uk, Syfy will also be Bigpoint’s exclusive media partner for a period of six weeks with exclusive marketing rights in the US (http://www.syfy.com/battlestargalacticaonline) and UK (http://www.syfy.co.uk/battlestar-galactica-game).
Syfy Universal will also make the game available on its other international websites in Germany (http://www.syfy.de/battlestar-galactica-game), France (http://www.syfyuniversal.fr/battlestar-galactica-online), Spain (http://www.syfyuniversal.es/battlestar-galactica-juego), Poland (http://www.scifiuniversal.pl/battlestar-galactica-game), and Russia (http://www.syfyuniversal.ru/battlestar-galactica-game). Additional Syfy Universal international websites will be added in the weeks following launch.
In developing Battlestar Galactica Online, achieving the highest level of detail and accuracy was a design requirement. Assets from the television series have been incorporated into the game, including non-player characters (NPCs) based on popular characters Number Six, Boomer, Starbuck, Admiral Adama, Chief Tyrol, John Cavil, and Leoben Conoy. In the game, players can customize their human or Cylon avatars, engage in PvE and PvP space combat, complete missions, conduct mining operations, and explore capital ships, outposts, and bases.
Battlestar Galactica Online is licensed through Universal Partnerships & Licensing on behalf of NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group.