Bigpoint Adds New Ships – Viper Mark VII and War Raider – and Begins Moving Development to San Francisco Studio; Game Upgraded to Unity 3.3 for Improved Stability and Performance
San Francisco – April 15, 2011 – Bigpoint (http://www.bigpoint.com/) – the global market leader in browser-based massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) – today announced that Battlestar Galactica Online (http://battlestar-galactica.bigpoint.com/) passed one million registered players in just six weeks, becoming the company’s most successful launch since its founding in 2002. 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.
“There is always a risk when you translate a well-known IP into another medium,” said Heiko Hubertz, CEO and founder, Bigpoint. “We built what we believed was a recipe for success; a fantastic gaming experience inspired by an iconic show, with the added benefit of being a free-to-play title. We are grateful to the fans for their support and interest in this game, and pledge to continue to improve and optimize the game.”
Through 2011, Bigpoint expects the number of players in Battlestar Galactica Online to continue to grow as it ramps up its international marketing and partner activities. Unlike most online game companies, Bigpoint leverages a vast, global network of over 1000 distribution partners who publish games on their portals. Moreover, Bigpoint localizes its games into 25+ languages and incorporates over 150 payment solutions, which helps it attract players more than 250,000 new players every day.
Ongoing Development and Optimization
Effective April 6, 2011, Battlestar Galactica Online was upgraded to the latest release of the award-winning Unity game platform, Unity 3.3. This upgrade improves overall stability and enhances special effects and graphics. For example, all ships now feature crisper textures and reflection-based shaders that deliver high levels of detail.
In addition, Bigpoint continues to add new content, features, and polish to the game based on its development schedule and community feedback. In Battlestar Galactica Online, players can now experience several new human and Cylon ships in addition to the series' classic fighters: the Viper Mark VII, and the Cylon Raider. Additionally, new Cylon Tier 2 and Tier 3 ships have been added. Players can spend Tylium to acquire new ships, a valuable resource that can be mined, looted from defeated AI-controlled enemies, or purchased with Cubits – the game’s premium currency.
Currently in open beta, Battlestar Galactica Online was designed and produced by Bigpoint International and developed by Artplant (http://artplant.no), a Norwegian studio that specializes in MMOGs. Bigpoint is currently transitioning all design, production, and development to Bigpoint Inc. in San Francisco, the company’s hub for AAA development.
Battlestar Galactica Online is licensed through Universal Partnerships & Licensing on behalf of NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group.
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 NBCUniversal Television DVD, Music, and Consumer Products Group
NBCUniversal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. NBCUniversal Television DVD, Music, and Consumer Products Group manages all global ancillary television business endeavours for the NBCUniversal Television Group, including third-party home entertainment distribution, consumer products, musical soundtracks, special markets projects and the NBC Universal Online Store.
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 99 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)