BSG Online Now in Open Beta

Do you miss Starbuck, Apollo, Roslin, Adama, Caprica Six, Baltar, and heck, even that backstabbing Boomer?

Well, they’re gone and they’re not coming back. Sorry. But you can live and fight as part of the Colonial Fleet in the new browser-based MMO, Battlestar Galactica Online. And the best part: it’s free. At least for the next six weeks, anyway. That’s how long the open beta is taking place. (It’s unclear what the pricing structure will be like post-beta, or whether it will continue to be free.)

Game developer Bigpoint has used actual schematics from the TV shows to create a space-based game that’s a blend of combat and exploration. Set late in the series’ second season, the game is about an untold chapter in BSG‘s saga, in which both the Colonial and Cylon fleets are stranded in an uncharted region of space. Both fleets have taken heavy damage and are dangerously low on supplies, and are forced to fight over resources from nearby star systems. All the while, the humans are desperately trying to find a way to escape before the Cylons can repair their ships enough to destroy them once and for all. You can play as either humans or Cylons.

The game gets bonus points in my book for utilizing Bear McCreary’s outstanding score from the show. Another perk: Bigpoint is determined to keep adding content to the game and supporting it with full customization options, on par with triple-A MMOs. Will Battlestar Galactica Online be the game that erases the “casual” barrier between browser-based games and their software-based counterparts?

Bigpoint also released a whole slew of new screenshots (which are curiously absent of any of the recognizable ships from the show). Check ’em out:

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