Bigpoint Launches Battlestar Galactica Online; Humans and Cylons Battle for Control of the Universe

By Bigpoint Gmbh, PRNE
Monday, February 7, 2011

Tactical Space Combat MMOG Based on Syfy's Hit Television Series Sets New Benchmark in Browser-based Gaming; Available Worldwide in Partnership With Syfy

HAMBURG, Germany, February 8, 2011 - Bigpoint ( - the global market leader in
browser-based massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) - today launched
Battlestar Galactica Online. Based on the internationally popular Syfy
television series produced by Universal Cable Productions, Battlestar
Galactica Online ( is a
free-to-play, browser-based space combat MMOG that combines high-quality, 3D
graphics with intense gameplay. Following a successful closed beta period
that started in late 2010, the free-to-play game can now be enjoyed by
players worldwide.

David Eick, Executive Producer of "Battlestar Galactica," said, "Bigpoint
has successfully embraced the spirit of 'Battlestar Galactica's' aggressive
ship design, tactile physics, and its signature, verite-style combat
aesthetic, and taken it all to an entirely new level. Playing this game is
like watching the most highly-adrenalized, nail-biting episodes of the series
while chewing on a hunk of uranium. I highly recommend it - just make sure
you don't have anything else to do for a few days…"

Battlestar Galactica Online is based on the acclaimed Emmy and Peabody
Award-winning television series "Battlestar Galactica," which aired for four
seasons on Syfy. Set during the latter part of the show's second season, the
game takes the form of a previously "untold chapter," in which both the
Colonial and Cylon fleets are stranded in an uncharted area of space. Heavily
damaged and low on critical supplies, both fleets must fight for control of
the resources in the nearby star systems as the Colonials desperately search
for a way to escape before the Cylons regain enough strength to destroy them
once and for all.

"Our team's passion for the series, and their dedication to maintaining
its authenticity, enabled us to extend 'Battlestar Galactica's' iconic IP
into a world-class MMOG," said Heiko Hubertz, CEO and Founder, Bigpoint. "We
are confident that a new standard has been achieved - no longer should
browser games be considered subpar to their console or PC-installed

A blend of tactical space combat, exploration, and mission-based gameplay
provides an engaging experience. For accuracy, assets from the television
production have been integrated into the game, including Bear McCreary's
original score, select talent likenesses, and a number of ships modeled from
schematics provided by the show's creators.

At the start, players select a side - human or Cylon - and then are
guided through a series of introductory tasks to learn basic flight controls
and weapon systems. Once completed, players can customize their in-game
avatars, receive situation and mission briefings, and begin to explore the
vast universe. As players gain experience, they can unlock additional ships
and learn a variety of skills. Inside capital ships and outposts, players can
access the in-game market and customize all aspects their current ship -
including weapons, engines, hulls, computers, and mining equipment.

For a period of six weeks, Syfy is Bigpoint's exclusive
distribution partner in the US ( and UK ( In addition to Bigpoint's
game sites around the world, Syfy will also make the game available through
its other international sites in Germany, France, Spain, Poland, and Russia,
with more sites to be added in the weeks following launch.

Currently in open beta, Battlestar Galactica Online was developed by
Artplant (, a Norwegian studio that specializes in MMOGs.
Post launch, Bigpoint will continue to add new content and features, paying
close attention to community feedback. Battlestar Galactica Online is
licensed through Universal Partnerships & Licensing on behalf of NBC
Universal Television Consumer Products Group.

Boilerplates / Assets:

    Public Relations Contact Europe:
    Matthias Mirlach
    PR Manager

    Public Relations Contact North America:
    Alan Dunton
    Public Relations Director, Bigpoint Inc.

    Bill Brennan
    Vice President, Syfy Publicity (U.S.)

    Eileen Morrison
    Head of Global PR, Universal Networks International

Public Relations Contact Europe: Matthias Mirlach, PR Manager, +49-40881413-207, m.mirlach at Public Relations Contact North America: Alan Dunton, Public Relations Director, Bigpoint Inc., +1-415-821-8107, a.dunton at Bill Brennan, Vice President, Syfy Publicity (U.S.), +1-212-664-4898, Bill.Brennan at Eileen Morrison, Head of Global PR, Universal Networks International, +44-(0)207-307-5596, Eileen.Morrison at

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