Bigpoint Begins Battlestar Galactica Online Closed Beta
The MMOG, inspired by one of the most popular science fiction series in television history, to launch exclusively this fall on Syfy.com for a 30 day period
Hamburg, November 8, 2010 Bigpoint (www.bigpoint.com) the global market leader in browser-based massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) today announced that it has successfully launched the first phase of its Battlestar Galactica Online closed beta. The initial phase granted thousands of hand-selected players from Europe and the United States the opportunity to experience one of the most ambitious browser-games ever developed.
During the closed beta period, players are prompted to complete a tutorial mission as either a human or Cylon. Once completed, players are free to explore the universe on their own, where they can engage in PvE and PvP combat, and conduct mining operations. Players can also tour the Battlestar Galactica, a Cylon Basestar, and a number of space outposts and planet bases.
Bigpoint will continue to increase the number of closed beta participants on a daily basis in advance of the official open beta launch, planned this December. Battlestar Galactica Online is licensed through Universal Partnerships & Licensing on behalf of NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group.
About Battlestar Galactica Online
Battlestar Galactica Online is based on the acclaimed Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television series Battlestar Galactica, which aired for four seasons on Syfy. In the game, humans and Cylons are in a constant struggle to control the universe. 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 players to delve into mysteries of the Battlestar universe. Assets from the television production have been integrated into the game to deliver an authentic experience. With beautiful graphics and innovative gameplay, Battlestar Galactica Online will set a new standard for browser-based MMOGs. The game is being developed by Artplant (http://artplant.no), a Norwegian studio that specializes in MMOGs.
Bigpoint (www.bigpoint.com) is an online-game publisher, content provider for large media concerns and browser-based game developer. Bigpoint-developed games are played by over 150 million people in more than 30 languages, are free to play anytime, anywhere, and require no download or installation. The companys portfolio includes games in a quality which until now was associated exclusively with console games or PC-installed games. More than 500 employees from over 35 different nations work at the company headquarters in Hamburg, Germany or at other locations in Berlin, San Francisco, and Malta. For more information or press material, please visit the press area at www.bigpoint.net.
About NBC Universal Television DVD, Music, and Consumer Products Group
NBC Universal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. NBC Universal Television DVD, Music, and Consumer Products Group manages all global ancillary television business endeavors for the NBC Universal Television Group, including third-party home entertainment distribution, consumer products, musical soundtracks, special markets projects and the NBC Universal Online Store.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)
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