[02/09/07 - 10:33 AM]
Battlestar Galactica Blasts Onto Xbox Live(R) Arcade in Fall 2007
The downloadable game will feature "both single- and multi-player modes and allow the player to take part in intense space battles as a pilot for either the humans or Cylon forces."

[via press release from Sierra Online]

Battlestar Galactica Blasts Onto Xbox Live(R) Arcade in Fall 2007

Battlestar Galactica Gamer Pics and Themepacks Now Available on Xbox Live Marketplace

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 -- Sierra Online, a division of Vivendi Games, is creating a video game inspired by the hit television series, Battlestar Galactica(TM), airing on the SCI FI Channel. Battlestar Galactica will be available on Xbox Live(R) Arcade, as well as Windows PC, in Fall 2007. To gear up for the game, fans of Battlestar Galactica will be able to download Gamer Pics and Themepacks from the show on Xbox Live(R) Marketplace beginning today.

"We're huge fans of Battlestar Galactica and are thrilled to have the opportunity to create a game inspired by the TV series," said Ed Zobrist, president of Sierra Online. "NBC Universal is working closely with us so that players will be able immerse themselves in the Battlestar Galactica universe and re-live their favorite missions from the TV series."

Developed by Australian-based Auran Games, Battlestar Galactica will feature both single- and multi-player modes and allow the player to take part in intense space battles as a pilot for either the humans or Cylon forces. Legendary ships from the television show will be featured as well as missions based on favorite episodes.

The popular TV series has received rave reviews from the press. Entertainment Weekly said "Battlestar Galactica is TV's next great cult hit" and Variety said "Battlestar Galactica achieves what only the best science fiction can ..."

Battlestar Galactica is not yet rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. For more information about the Battlestar Galactica videogame, visit the official web site at http://www.BSGarcade.com

About Sierra Online

Sierra Online, a division of Vivendi Games, develops and publishes quality short- and mid-session, online games for PC, Xbox Live(R) Arcade and all other viable platforms. Sierra Online's titles include FreeStyle(TM) Street Basketball, a fast-paced, mid-session online basketball game developed by JC Entertainment Corp., a leading Korean developer, featuring innovative community and customization capabilities. The division is also developing a variety of Xbox Live Arcade and other PC online games targeting the mass-market casual consumer. Sierra Online runs a global business with headquarters in Los Angeles, Calif., and regional studios in Seattle, Washington and Shanghai, China.

Vivendi Games is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is the leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category and holds leading positions in the PC, casual online, console, handheld and mobile games markets. Vivendi Games' two principal studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, headquartered in Irvine, CA, and Sierra Entertainment, headquartered in Los Angeles, which includes Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios, High Moon Studios and Massive Entertainment. Vivendi Games is also home to Vivendi Games Mobile, dedicated to publishing quality titles for the worldwide mobile games market. Vivendi Games maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, and Ludlum Entertainment. The company has 16 offices around the world conducting business in 75 countries

About Universal Studios Consumer Products Group

Universal Studios Consumer Products Group (USCPG) is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of the extensive catalogue of NBC Universal properties. Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.

About Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica is the gripping drama of human survival against unimaginable odds. When the Cylon robots rose against their human creators, they launched a devastating nuclear attack that left less than 50,000 survivors. On the run and in search of a new home, the last remnants of humanity struggle against waning supplies, weapons and hope. Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, Galactica's intensity, issues-driven topicality, and command performances have garnered it unprecedented critical acclaim. Battlestar Galactica airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. on the SCI FI Channel.

SOURCE Sierra Online

  [february 2007]  


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