Battlestar Galactica Online Closed Beta Launches; Open Beta Beginning in December

Battlestar Galactica Online--the massively multiplayer browser-based game from developer Artplant--has begun initial public beta testing, the game's publisher, BigPoint, revealed today.

The closed beta will be offered to "thousands of hand-selected players from Europe and the United States" and gives players the opportunity to command space as either a human or Cylon fighter. According to the game's website, in order to be considered a potential closed beta tester, players need to register at Bigpoint and fill out a detailed survey.

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If you'd prefer to wait, an open beta is planned for December, Bigpoint says. Until then, closed beta users will continue to increase on a daily basis as the publisher prepares to open the floodgates later this fall.

At E3 2010, I saw Battlestar Galactica Online and was impressed. The game wasn't really there, but the technology that powers BSGO was first-class considering it's a very small, browser-based title. Hopefully, the game part will hold up, when the free-to-play MMO launches.