Battlestar Galactica Gets Its Own Massively Multiplayer Game

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The battle for the fate of humanity continues this fall, when NBC Universal and Bigpoint launch Battlestar Galactica Online, a massively multiplayer browser-based game set in the universe of the award-winning Syfy television series. Can I get a frak yeah?


Tactical space combat and adventure are the name of the game in Battlestar Galactica Online, a joint venture between NBC and browser-based MMO leader Bigpoint. Co-developed by Unity, the game will feature a dramatic storyline spanning multiple worlds, a wide array of ships and weapons, and multiple character classes to help get fans of the series in the mood to fight for the future of our species, or against it.

Yes, players will be able to choose to fight as a human or Cylon, and I am assuming one will have a much more complex character creation process than the other. Players will alternate between tactical space combat and mission-based gameplay, delving deeper into the secrets of the Battlestar universe than ever before.

The game is developed using the Unity platform, a game engine that allows for real-time 3D applications with high quality graphics to run in a browser window. Visit to get an idea of what the engine is capable of.

"Battlestar Galactica is a supremely gameable intellectual property, with compelling character classes, a fantastic array of ships and weaponry, multiple worlds, and a dramatic storyline," said Bill Kispert, VP & GM, Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. " We are excited to work with Bigpoint – and our partners at Universal Cable Productions and Syfy – to bring an epic, accessible, and ‘always on' BSG experience to fans of the franchise and online gamers alike."

A "supremely gameable" intellectual property that has yet to provide fans with an enjoyable gaming experience. Hopefully that will change this fall, when Battlestar Galactica Online debuts exclusively on

Fans can register at the Battlestar Galactica Online teaser site to receive updates and news. The game is currently being shown at GDC, so maybe one of our guys can swing by and take a look-see.



As a BSG fan, this definitely has my interest, but I am a little confused as to how exactly they plan to make an MMO out of it...

If it's set during the timeline of the TV series, then it wouldn't make much sense. The series focuses on the very small fleet of human survivors, only about 50-60,000 people, give or take.

Perhaps it will be set during the first Cylon war? That would make a lot more sense, and would be full of untapped potential. That part of the show's universe hasn't really been tapped before.