Battlestar Galactica Online
|Battlestar Galactica Online|
|Release date(s)||(Beta test:February 8, 2011)|
|Distribution||Online Browser Game|
Battlestar Galactica Online is a browser-based Massively Multiplayer Online Game based on the 2004 television series Battlestar Galactica. Released in open beta on February 8, 2011, it was developed by Bigpoint and Artplant using the Unity game engine for the game client in the browser. The game server is written in Erlang. In less than three months of release, the game surpassed 2 million registered users but subsequent retention statistics have not been made available.
Battlestar Galactica Online is a flight combat game set in space in which players takes the role of a pilot in the Battlestar Galactica universe. There are also stationary game features such as Outposts and Platforms which can be targeted. There is no way to win the game. Players achieve success through the leaderboard, individual victories and 'leveling up'. A player can select either the Colonial (human) or Cylon side upon registration after which the player is locked into that side. After this a player plays through a standard tutorial, during which the plot of the game is shown. After completing the tutorial a player can enter 'Battlespace' in which other players are operating.
The game features four resources which allow the player to buy ships, equipment, ammunition & upgrades of ships they already own. There are five types of resource. Cubits (money), Tylium (a fictional raw resource), Titanium, Water and Merits. Ammunition & Ships are bought through either Tylium or Cubits and often a combination of both. Ship repairs require Titanium. Cubits can be acquired through sale of water. Merits are used to advance ships, purchase nukes or gain command of either the Battlestar Pegasus or Cylon Baseship for one hour at the current merit cost (which varies between 5000-10000 merits depending on sector control).
Ships come in classifications of strike (light craft/fighters), escorts (medium/frigate ships), line ships(heavy ships), and carriers(major ships). Players who qualify can also take temporary command of a capital ship (Battlestar/Baseship). A beginner has only a basic strike.
The game has several categories of ships-strikes, which are the smallest class of ship, including the iconic vipers (both the Viper Mark II, Viper Mark 7, Raptor, Raider, and Heavy Raider off the series, the original cylon raider off of the first series, and the Viper Mark 3 and the Cylon Raider (dubbed the War Raider Mk II in game) from Blood & Chrome. The middle class of ship is the escort which have larger and more weapons, then the line class which is larger still. The game also has a carrier as a stand-alone class that can carry 9 player strikes onboard.
Within these classes (save for the carrier) there's interceptor class, which has more engine slots; the assault class which has more hull points and hull slots; the command ship, which has more electronic slots; and the multirole, which has a balance of all slots (3-3-3) and the addition of a forward gun when it is advanced. Overall this gives each player the option for 14 ships overall (the Viper mark 3 and War Raider mark 2 are considered a multirole and the carrier just one ship with no variants).
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- Battlestar Galactica Online surpasses 2 million players, Joystiq, May 26, 2011
- Official Website
- Official Forums
- You can pilot a Battlestar in Battlestar Galactica Online right now! PC Gamer April 14, 2011
- Battlestar Galactica Online passes one million player milestone Massively April 15, 2011
- Battlestar Galactica Online named Top 5 Free MMORPGs 2011 MMO Worlds March 27, 2011