Battlestar Galactica MMORPG hitting browsers this fall

SyFy teams with Bigpoint to deliver Web browser-based online game based on Emmy Award-winning TV series.

In 2007, NBC Universal and its now-defunct corporate sibling Vivendi Games teamed up to bring the Sci-Fi Channel's popular space opera Battlestar Galactica to downloadable platforms as a multiplayer-focused shooter. The two are giving it another go, as the rebranded science fiction network SyFy and NBC Universal are bringing Battlestar Galactica back to the online space, but this time in a more massively multiplayer form.

Battlestar Galactica Online is coming to a Web browser near you this fall.

This week, the media company announced that it had teamed with Bigpoint on a Web browser-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on the Battlestar Galactica series. Titled Battlestar Galactica Online, the game will be available through Syfy.com beginning this fall.

Battlestar Galactica Online is being codeveloped by Norwegian studio Artplant and browser-based gaming engine maker Unity. Though situated in a cross-platform Web browser, the game features full 3D graphics and sees players assuming the role of either humanity's remnants or the Cylons.

As for gameplay, Battlestar Galactica Online will include tactical space combat, exploration, and mission-based quests, which flesh out the game's overarching storyline. The game will also feature assets taken directly from SyFy's Emmy Award-winning TV show.

Battlestar Galactica Online is hardly SyFy's only venture into the gaming market of late. In 2008, the television network announced a deal with Trion Worlds to develop massively multiplayer online games that integrate with its broadcasts. Last month, SyFy entered into a joint development deal with game-publishing heavyweight THQ that sees the two collaborating on adapting existing franchises and creating new properties for cross-media use.

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29 comments
Aametherar
Aametherar

Such a game has potential, however the companies involved (as any roaming gamer knows) makes this games future very very questionable. I can't imagine this being any more than a clone of countless other games with a Battlestar Galactica theme to bring in the fanboys and ones that don't realize the short term nature of these games. That being said, I seriously hope i'm wrong. At the same time when you look back, how often do the gaming companies do right by the players these days? Worried, and very sligthly hopeful is the best I can go for here. Also@ Maxor127, WoW earned its popularity through an extreme ad campaign which included it's already large Blizzard fan base due to them doing right by their customers for so long with their pay once play forever scheme and quality games. That being said, the true success of their campaign beyond that of any past online game was that it reached out to non gamers, and word of mouth between non gamers. There have been and still are better MMORPGs than WoW, just one example being Atlantica Online (before i'm hit with "name one"). Oh and seriously why does someone have to bring WoW into every gaming convorsation? This has nothing to do with it and will likely in no way try to mimic it the way WoW stole every formula it uses from other games.

blaob
blaob

MMO is not the way... the dogfighting title about the old BSG was great. I think we need an action game about the new BSG, something like HALO or republic commando, a kind of stealth action, including dogfight across the space. that wouldn't be bad imho

vassago_
vassago_

The original series sucked, sorry old folks. As for the game being browser-based, the Unity Engine is extremely capable in a browser. Afterall, it just uses that as the loading device - you can make it entirely fullscreen just like a regular game and it has advanced graphical features. I'm more worried about the development studio behind the game, than the engine itself.

ajac
ajac

how it it universally agreed? I see only a handful of people here saying they prefer it.. universally would be everyone and since I know for a fact that quit a few people I know prefer the original then I know its not universally just ur opinion.

ajac
ajac

I know plenty of people that dont like it and I prefer the original. I guess when you give euros a great american scifi this is what happens to it.

FBIoh3
FBIoh3

so.....syfy,mgm....how about frakken stargate online?

Vulpis
Vulpis

So basically it's a porn game in the Unity engine? There's a strike against it right there (Unity, not the porn).

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

What the frak man....what the frak....

_MojoCraft_
_MojoCraft_

@ajac Sorry but its almost universally agreed on that the original BSG sucked.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Wrong license man, this screams Descent Freespace all over it.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

This license literally screams for a Wing Commander style game a la WC3 or 4. If that were coming I would sign up immediately.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@ajac given that the new BSG is the second highest rated show ever produced aggregated review wise ... i dont know who besides you doesnt like it : \ I loved BSG...

ajac
ajac

maybe they will use the original BSG and make a GOOD MMO and leave the crap BSG go this crap idea.

greendude123
greendude123

True Krholmes. I played runescape as my first MMO YEARS ago, back when dial up was the norm haha. still has a place in my heart. I just hope this dosen't turn out like STO. If they put the time into and don't rush it, it could be great

Maxor127
Maxor127

I'm assuming it's going to be a lite-MMO and not an attempt to overtake WoW? These companies don't seem to realize WoW earned its success by being in development for years and years... at least 4 if I remember right.

punkpunker
punkpunker

no commandable battlestar, no deal

Hazzerz
Hazzerz

They can't possibly be serious -,-

Gamesterpheonix
Gamesterpheonix

What the hell. No. Wtf. Why tarnish BSG's good name with a destined to fail MMO??? Make a damn action game. What races are you going to use? Human and human looking cylon? Seriously? WTF?!

KittenNipples
KittenNipples

The title needs a quote that says "not really." I got my hopes up.

krholmes
krholmes

Some browser based games are decent. I've played Sony's Free Realms and like it. It's a F2P MMO.

hobotech64
hobotech64

NBC makes games now? Can we get a Matt Lauer RPG please?

canis_rah
canis_rah

Browser-based. Fail. :'( For a moment there was I absolutely delighted - alas, only a moment.

Gruug
Gruug

Why do I not see this ending well?

Silver_bLooD
Silver_bLooD

I don't know...I would like a "X-wing Vs Tie fighter" space sim.