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Battlestar Galactica Online

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Bigpoint
Developer: Artplant
Release Date: Fall 2010

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'Battlestar Galactica Online' Surpasses 2 Million Players, Adds New Ships

by Rainier on May 25, 2011 @ 11:02 a.m. PDT

Battlestar Galactica Online is a browser based tactical space combat and adventure MMOG, inspired by the science fiction TV series, telling the gripping saga of humanity's last remnants and their struggle to find a new home while fleeing from their deadly Cylon enemies.

Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, Galactica's intensity, issues-driven topicality, and command performances have garnered it numerous awards, including three Emmy® Awards and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. The show was recognized by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the most outstanding programs of the year two years running. The series was produced by Universal Cable Productions and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. The outstanding ensemble cast was led by Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park.

Battlestar Galactica Online is the first game inspired by a blockbuster Hollywood franchise to be fully developed on Unity technology for MMOG audiences. This platform independent engine makes it possible to produce real-time 3D applications such as MMO games with exceptionally high quality graphics without having to download a client.

Players will be able to choose to play as cylons or humans in a constant struggle to control the universe or just survive its perils. A blend of tactical space combat, exploration, and mission-based gameplay will provide a diverse experience. The dramatic missions will define the game's overall storyline, enabling the player to delve into mysteries of the Battlestar universe. Battlestar Galactica Online will create a new standard for web games, with beautiful 3d graphics and innovative game mechanics bringing a new level of game play to browser based MMOG. Assets from the television production will be integrated into the game to deliver an even more authentic experience.

Battlestar Galactica Online has passed two million registered players in its first three months of worldwide availability, attracting more than 20,000 new players to the space combat MMO every day.

Since its official launch, the game has benefitted from new Colonial and Cylon ships, a Merit system that enables the purchase of high-value items like nuclear missiles, and the ability for players to take control of their faction’s capital ships, the Battlestar Pegasus or Cylon Basestar.

“With BSGO continuing to achieve new benchmarks, and receive such a strong positive response from the fans, we’re excited to take its development to the next level,” said Rob Ollett, managing director, Bigpoint International. “At just three-months in we’re at a point now where we can shift the majority of our attention to adding new content and addressing the community’s wish list.”

New major content additions include the addition of new tier three “line” ships for both human and Cylon players. The Gungnir joins the Colonial fleet and the Nidhogg joins the Cylons – both are powerful, multi-role attack ships. Basic models of both can be unlocked with Cubits (in-game premium currency), and advanced models can be purchased with Merits, which players earn through gameplay such as helping to destroy enemy outposts.

Both ship names follow the Norse mythology theme, which has been used to name the existing line ships. Gungnir is Odin's spear, and Nidhogg is the main dragon in Norse mythology, which gnaws on the roots of the World Tree. In addition to ongoing game balancing, performance optimization, and general polish, Bigpoint will continue to add new content and features.


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