Battlestar Galactica online game announced

US broadcaster NBC is teaming up with browser game maker Bigpoint to bring Sci-Fi blockbuster Battlestar Galctica to life in the form of a massively muliplayer online role playing game.

Bigpoint will be demonstrating the client-free tactical space combat and adventure game at the Game Developers Conference 2010.

Based on the effects-laden updated version of the TV series rather than the dreadfully cheesy 1980s original, Battlestar Galactica Online will apparently offer 'state-of-the-art' graphics that can be played directly in an Internet browser, though we remain to be convinced.

The TV series sees humanity's last remnants struggling to find a new home while fleeing from their deadly robotic cylon enemies.

"Battlestar Galactica is a supremely gameable intellectual property, with compelling character classes, a fantastic array of ships and weaponry, multiple worlds, and a dramatic storyline," said an NBC spokesdroid.

The game will be the first release to be fully developed on Unity technology for MMO audiences. This platform independent engine makes it possible to produce real-time 3D applications such as MMO games with high quality graphics without having to download a client.

Players will be able to choose to play as cylons or humans in "a constant struggle to control the universe or just survive its perils".