Battlestar Galactica Open Beta Begins

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 09, 2011 10:30am PST The Battlestar Galactica Online open beta has finally begun, letting all interested pilots hop into a Viper or Cylon Raider to check out Artplant's browser-based MMO adaptation of the religious TV space opera.

While players might start off battling each other in such lowly--albeit iconic--ships, new vessels will be unlocked by gaining experience and can be customised with new tech and equipment. As the game runs under a free-to-play model, it's no surprise that players will be able to buy gear with Earth Dollars if they don't fancy earning it the hard way.

As nobody is more pedantic about 'lore' and 'continuity' than sci-fi fans who also play video games, the game positions itself carefully within the show's fiction. "Set during the latter part of the show's second season," publisher Bigpoint explains, "the game takes the form of a previously untold chapter in which both the Colonial and Cylon fleets are stranded in an uncharted area of space." Naturally, this leads to zap-zap space battles.

The beta was originally slated to begin in December 2010, but better late than never.

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  • I somewhat enjoyed fiddling around with this yesterday but kept getting annoyed by the flight controls. The way the ship keeps flipping over every time you turn beyond an invisible horizon and the control automatically shifts to the new perspective is very disorienting and unrealistic. There is currently no way to turn this "feature" off even though according to the people in the live chat told me it was heavily criticized all the way through the beta period. Hopefully they will get this basic detail fixed up sometime soon. I see promise here but only because I am a diehard BSG fan. I don't really see newbies getting into it.