<i>Battlestar Galactica</i> game under consideration

Series creator Ronald D. Moore tells the <i>Hollywood Reporter</i> he's toying with the idea of an RPG based on the hit TV series.

Ronald D. Moore likes games--that has been known for months. Why else would the creator of Battlestar Galactica, the popular and now Peabody Award-winning Sci Fi Network series, deliver a keynote speech at the 2006 Game Developers Conference last month?

That said, Moore's session at the event only tangentially touched on games. Instead, its focus was on how to turn an existing franchise in a new direction. For Moore, that meant turning a semi-campy 1970s TV show into arguably the most critically acclaimed science fiction series since Star Trek: The Next Generation.

This week, nerds' heads exploded when reports began to surface that Moore is considering a game based on Battlestar Galactica. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that he "is looking to delve deeper into video games as a further extension of the franchise."

Specifically, Moore told the Reporter he had toyed with the idea of a Galactica role-playing game "with Internet participation." And though he did not mention any concrete plans, Moore did underscore than any such game would not be a mere tie-in, like the PlayStation 2 and Xbox game that debuted alongside the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries. That VU Games-published, Warthog-developed title was based more on the 1970s series than the remake, and scored only lukewarm reviews.

"You're forced to make a choice with a Galactica game in defining what's fun," he said. "Is it about experiencing the first season, navigating from the miniseries up to [the episode] 'Kobol's Last Gleaming'? Or is it doing something that's going off into uncharted territory but taking it further away from the reason you watch the show in the first place?"

Moore also credited games for conditioning audiences for more complex narratives in television shows. "It's been a bit of a surprise to people involved in studios and networks...[that] the audience is willing to immerse themselves in these environments," he said.

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59 comments
kingrich06
kingrich06

I just watched seasons 1, 2.0 and 2.5 I just hope they make a good game even it takes them longer.

KTM4288
KTM4288

I haven't seen a good space sim since the Decent: Freespace games or Independence War 2. As a matter of fact, I still have those games. Great space sims with great stories to tell. Can't get any better than that.

PithPulchritude
PithPulchritude

Battlestar Galactica has such a profound storyline that a well-developed RPG would be the perfect fit. Hope its multi-platform.

Nick_Rc
Nick_Rc

id would love to see that

jedimasterss
jedimasterss

lets just hope that it is a better game from the last, because i felt the last one could have been done better

jedi_26
jedi_26

ive seen a preview of a total conversion mod of bsg based on the new series which looked very cool , why cant they make a game like that , like when they made mods on starwars games before battlefront 1 & 2 came out people make mods to force companys to make good games based on they fav game

cpeterstx
cpeterstx

Love the show. Love the idea of a game. I'm ready...Launch all vipers. Yes, I know, that was totally lame...

Kfoss
Kfoss

this is only going to be good if you can fight the toasters FPS style or fly ships and destroy things alog side starbuck...or apolo...but please dont make an RPG!!!..make something that kick's A** ....destruction, death, glory!

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

we're talkin' baout the PS3 if u need a clue

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

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vamroc
vamroc

Can you imagine an RPG based on Galactica. Finaly a successor to Wing Commander. There just hasn't been a game with that kind of operatic feel with the exception of The Ultima series. Oh I know there will be those who say the Final Fantasy anthology is GOD. Wing Commander however was more like Babylon 5 huge story, lots of charactors, but still retained a personal touch. Let's hope for ton's of unlockables like playing with original ships or missions that predate the start of the series.

pungaboy
pungaboy

Speaking of Battlestar Galactica, I just realized the other day that I live in the same apartment building as Tricia Helfer, one of the stars of the show. I was riding up in the elevator with her and I thought she looked really familiar. But it wasn't until later that I recognized her as being Gina from Galactica. She's also hosting Canada's Next Top Model this year.

MrOpinionated
MrOpinionated

Cool! Do we get to torture Cylon agents and say frack all the time?

yunghoodz
yunghoodz

WHOA WHOA WHOA, BEST SHOW EVER=BEST RPG EVER, HAHAHA bring it on BSG is the best thing on tv

homsuplo75
homsuplo75

RPG or not...they better through in space battles where you can fly the fighters into the swarms of Cylon fighters and make all the tight turns they show the fighters making in the show. If they want a BG game to take off they should focus on that factor.

frankeyser
frankeyser

JLCrogue Speaking of Battlestar Galactica... when are they going to come out with a Stargate game? (select an action below) ______________ Report Abuse To Moderator Posted Apr 12, 2006 5:48 pm PT i thought i read something about a stargate game not to long ago.

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

Sounds like it may be a good game I just hope they don't follow the story of the T.v show to closely. That all ways seems tyo happen and tends to make a bad game.

Fuoeh
Fuoeh

yep great i love it im in love with it

master_blue
master_blue

I could imagine a battlestar game similar to say Nexus or Homeworld, but as an RPG, that would be interesting.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

As long as it doesn't suck, it's all good with me.

Smoke2Much
Smoke2Much

Well i'm not surprised that there considering making a game based on BSG just wondering what took so long in coming up with and it's probably going to suck like most T.V adapted games!

Paganstar
Paganstar

Personally they totally ruined a great show. Still cannot get used to the fact that Starbuck and Boomer are female now. Now instead of fun Sci Fi it is all angst this and drama that. The original was far more fun.

decebal
decebal

NO MORE GAMES AFTER TV SHOWS. They suck

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

put that chick on the box and it might sell....

cyprus646
cyprus646

Dont make it an Rpg this series would make a great RTS or a rouge squadron like shooter this is a great show please if you make a show dont screw it up. *crooses fingers*

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

oi Mr Moore, go back to making more TREK !!!! Galactica is soooo 70s.

oOsaskOo
oOsaskOo

DO YOU HEAR US PEOPLE THAT CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN!! WE WANT IT!

Spookhouse1
Spookhouse1

this will be awsome and interesting at the same time.

gungadon
gungadon

I wish they would make a space sim instead of an RPG. Some of my favorite games ever were mission-based starfighter sims (Wing Commander, Tie Fighter, etc.), but there hasn't been a really good one since Freespace 2. Maybe a good BSG game could make the genre popular again.

SpiritOf
SpiritOf

Honestly, unless it's an RTS (the perfect fit for Battlestar, IMHO), I'll only be mildly interested.

x-wing20
x-wing20

please put it on the xbox360

markrada26
markrada26

I thought this couldn't happen, but then they said RPG, and now, my interest has been piqued; though I still have doubts.

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

As long as it's not ANOTHER MMORPG that'll fall along the wayside, count me intrigued at the very least...

drollia
drollia

A RPG might be interesting.

UkuleleSHIMA
UkuleleSHIMA

If you haven't seen this show, you absolutely must rent /buy the season 1 DVD set (which includes the 4-hour mini-series)! There is a reason many critics has called this the best show on TV. It has absolutely surpassed my scepticism I had when I heard there was going to be girl-cylons! :-) Seriously, for Scifi fans, its a no-brianer. [read: cliffhangers] But for those that are moderate fans, this show has the pacing and suspense of "24" and drama as good as or better than CSI, ER, or Lost. Seriously, watch it now!!!

f0rcerec0n
f0rcerec0n

I am going to lose my mind waiting!

alberto2045
alberto2045

who is that girl in the picture and not to offend anyone but what is battlestr or field about???

Emrtr4
Emrtr4

They better have a AAA game to match the AAAA show.

revelations
revelations

OMG I love that show so much. Please do it for me ;)

dexthageek
dexthageek

This is something I will definately be keeping an eye out for!!

Chainblast
Chainblast

If it's done well as an RPG I'm all for it. If Moore is involved there should be good story telling. If all the flags fly I think we can be looking forward to a great new series of games.

Buck_Hotep
Buck_Hotep

A Battlestar Galactica game based on the current show...I am there. Whether as an FPS (which would work) or an RPG a la KOTOR would be cool beans as well.

Segagaga
Segagaga

I also want to add that it's great to see more from Ron Moore. With Star Trek: TNG, DS9, the early seasons of Voyager, and now Battlestar Galactica, he is the current king of sci-fi. Always cool to chat with him, one of the few people, of any medium, who would listen to fans.

Bo
Bo

If they do as excellent of a job with the game as the new show, I'm there!

Segagaga
Segagaga

Ahhh... a game based on some of the best television ever... They got my attention.