Bigpoint 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.
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.