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.
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.