via press release:
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ONLINE TO FEATURE IMPORTANT KEY CHARACTERS FROM THE SYFY TV SERIES
Browser-based MMOG to Feature Series Regulars “Number Six” (Tricia Helfer), Sharon “Boomer” Valerii/"Number Eight” (Grace Park), Kara “Starbuck” Thrace (Katee Sackhoff)
and Other Fan Favorites
Bigpoint CEO Heiko Hubertz to Discuss the Future of Online Gaming, Business Trends and the Battlestar Galactica Online Cast During His Keynote at Game Developers Conference Europe
San Francisco, August 13, 2010 – The global market leader in browser-based massively multiplayer online games (MMOG), Bigpoint, (http://www.bigpoint.com/) announced that the highly anticipated Battlestar Galactica Online browser-based MMOG will feature appearances by characters from the hit TV series in game.
Based upon the second season of the Syfy TV series, Battlestar Galactica Online's story captures the struggle between humans and cylons. Key characters from the TV series will be included in the game to create a deeper connection to the storyline, provide quests and accentuate the dramatic tension that the series is known for delivering expertly.
"These characters brought to life the story and captured the imaginations of a whole new generation of Battlestar Galactica fans and we felt strongly that they needed to appear in the game," explains Heiko Hubertz, CEO and founder of Bigpoint. "Our goal is to create a deep connection to the mythology of Syfy series and by working with the producers, writers and actors, Bigpoint hopes to meet the expectations of the fans and allow them to write their own adventures through gameplay."
Battlestar Galactica Online will feature the character likenesses of:
William “Admiral” Adama portrayed by Edward James Olmos
Kara “Starbuck” Thrace portrayed by Katee Sackhoff
Lee “Apollo” Adama portrayed by Jamie Bamber
Galen “Chief” Tyrol portrayed by Aaron Douglas
Number Six portrayed by Tricia Helfer
Number Eight portrayed by Grace Park
Number One (John Cavil) portrayed by Dean Stockwell
Number Two (Leoben Conoy) portrayed by Callum Keith Rennie
Heiko Hubertz will hold a keynote on Tuesday (August 17, 2010, 11:20am-12:10pm) at GDC Europe with the topic "Dominating Europe and North America (The keys to International Success with Online Games: Culturalization, Targeted Games and Understanding Local Players)". Therein he’ll also go into the talents in BGO.
About Battlestar Galactica Online
Exclusively launching on Syfy.com for the first 30 days, players will be able to choose to play as cylons or humans in a constant struggle to control the universe or just survive its perils. 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 the player to delve into mysteries of the Battlestar universe. Battlestar Galactica Online will create a new standard for web games, with beautiful 3d graphics and innovative game mechanics bringing a new level of game play to browser based MMOG. Assets from the television production will be integrated into the game to deliver an even more authentic experience. For more information on the game please visit - http://www.bgo.bigpoint.com.
The game is being developed by Artplant (http://artplant.no), a Norwegian development studio specializing in 3D MMO games.
Battlestar Galactica Online is licensed through Universal Partnerships & Licensing, on behalf of the NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group.
Bigpoint (http://www.bigpoint.com) is an online-game developer, publisher, and content provider for large media concerns. Bigpoint-developed games are played by over 135 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 CD or console games. Over 500 employees from some 35 different countries work at the world’s largest supplier of browser-based games; at the company headquarters in Hamburg, Germany or at one of the other locations in Berlin, San Francisco, and Malta. Bigpoint’s many distinctions in the industry include the “Fastest Growing Larger Company” and “Uniqueness of Offering” prizes at the 2010 Media Momentum Awards, as well as the MTV Skyscraper Award for extraordinary achievement in game development. For more information or press material, please visit the press area at www.bigpoint.net.
About Universal Partnerships & Licensing
UP&L oversees Universal’s consumer product licensing, film and home entertainment promotions, and all corporate alliances for Universal’s theatrical, home entertainment, theme parks and stage productions. This dedicated division is also responsible for monetizing the Studio’s vast library of films and characters through licensing, branding and marketing opportunities. UP&L is part 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, with 20% owned by Vivendi.
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About NBC Universal Television DVD, Music, and Consumer Products Group
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