BIGPOINT AND SYFY PARTNER TO OFFER BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ONLINE OPEN BETA EXLUSIVELY ON SYFY.COM AND SYFY.CO.UK FOR FIRST WEEK BEGINNING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Syfy-Branded Colonial Vipers and Cylon Raiders Available Only at Syfy.com and International Syfy Universal Websites
Tactical Space Combat MMOG from Bigpoint is Based on Syfy's International Hit Television Series and Features Characters Number Six, Starbuck, Boomer and More!
NEW YORK - February 2, 2011 - Players eagerly awaiting Battlestar Galactica Online, the highly anticipated space combat MMOG from Bigpoint (www.bigpoint.com/), can get a 'jump' on the competition and be the first to launch a Colonial Viper or Cylon Raider by visiting Syfy.com and Syfy.co.uk where the open beta for the new game will be available exclusively for one week only beginning Tuesday, February 8th*. Also available to players only at Syfy.com - and international Syfy Universal websites - are a frakkin' awesome set of Syfy-inspired Viper and Raider designs, which players can choose to represent them in the on-going battle between the Colonial and Cylon fleets.
Battlestar Galactica Online (http://battlestar-galactica.bigpoint.com/) is a free-to-play, browser-based space combat MMOG that combines high-quality, 3D graphics with intense gameplay. Bigpoint - the global market leader in browser-based massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) - designed and produced the game, which is based on Syfy's award-winning, internationally popular television series Battlestar Galactica, produced by Universal Cable Productions.
In Battlestar Galactica Online, both the Colonial and Cylon fleets find themselves stranded in an unexplored area of space at the very edge of one of the galactic arms. Heavily damaged and critically low on resources, both fleets race against time to repair and rearm, struggling for control of systems rich in Tylium, metals and water. The Colonial fleet desperately searches for a way to escape and continue the search for Earth before the Cylons gain enough strength to destroy them once and for all.
In addition to the exclusive one week open beta period at www.Syfy.com and Syfy.co.uk, Syfy will also be Bigpoint's exclusive media partner for a period of six weeks with exclusive marketing rights in the US (http://www.syfy.com/battlestargalacticaonline) and UK (http://www.syfy.co.uk/battlestar-galactica-game).
Syfy Universal will also make the game available on its other international websites in Germany (http://www.syfy.de/battlestar-galactica-game), France (http://www.syfyuniversal.fr/battlestar-galactica-online), Spain (http://www.syfyuniversal.es/battlestar-galactica-juego), Poland (http://www.scifiuniversal.pl/battlestar-galactica-game), and Russia (http://www.syfyuniversal.ru/battlestar-galactica-game). Additional Syfy Universal international websites will be added in the weeks following launch.
In developing Battlestar Galactica Online, achieving the highest level of detail and accuracy was a design requirement. Assets from the television series have been incorporated into the game, including non-player characters (NPCs) based on popular characters Number Six, Boomer, Starbuck, Admiral Adama, Chief Tyrol, John Cavil, and Leoben Conoy. In the game, players can customize their human or Cylon avatars, engage in PvE and PvP space combat, complete missions, conduct mining operations, and explore capital ships, outposts, and bases.
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,� from Universal Cable Productions, 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. 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 170 million people in more than 25 languages, are free to play anytime, anywhere, and require no download or installation. The company's portfolio includes games in a quality which until now was associated exclusively with console games or PC-installed games. More than 700 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.
About Universal Networks International
Universal Networks International, the global channels division of NBCUniversal, is one of the world's premier entertainment networks, delivering quality content and compelling brands to over 248 million subscribers in 150 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia. The portfolio is spearheaded by five core channel brands - Syfy Universal, DIVA Universal, Studio Universal, Universal Channel and 13th Street Universal - which deliver a full range of entertainment experiences to local audiences across the globe. Universal Networks International also operates Movies 24, the (non-US) Hallmark Channel and an interest in the KidsCo joint venture.
Universal Networks International is part of NBCUniversal, 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. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates quality content across multiple media platforms for USA, Syfy and other networks. A leader in innovative and critically acclaimed programming, UCP is the studio behind USA's Royal Pains, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Psych, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs and Fairly Legal, along with Syfy's Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Alphas. The studio also produced both long-running series Monk and Battlestar Galactica. UCP is a division of NBCUniversal.
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 NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)
For more information, please visit:
Bigpoint game site and beta registration: http://battlestar-galactica.bigpoint.com/
Syfy International game sites:
*Please note that dates are subject to change.