‘Battlestar Galactica’ Mobile Game in Works

NEW YORK Get ready to fight Cylons with your thumbs.

Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group has released a mobile phone game based on Sci Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica. The company is partnering with publisher Glu Mobile for the downloadable game, which can be purchased via popular carriers such as Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T.

“On television, Battlestar Galactica is incredibly visual and full of action, and we wanted to deliver that same exhilarating experience to the mobile phone gamer,” said Jeremy Laws, svp, mobile and broadband at Universal. “We think this is a natural for mobile games, and there’s no reason this shouldn’t be a hit.”

In the space-based shooter, players can pilot three types of customizable Viper or Raptor ships while defending the human refugee fleet against relentless Cylon attacks. There are 24 playable missions, plus training operations.

Unlike some mobile games, Laws said “Battlestar” was designed from the ground up for fans of the show rather than using an existing game platform and simply adding the program’s graphics.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to create a mobile game inspired by one of the most popular sci-fi franchises of all time,” said Jill Braff, svp, global publishing at Glu. “We worked closely with Universal to create a compelling space shooter.”

Depending on the user’s carrier, the game will cost about $3 to play for a month, or about $8 to buy outright.

After a sluggish start, mobile game extensions have become a more significant revenue source for studios in recent years as the U.S. makes gains in distributing more advanced cell phone technology. A game is generally considered a hit if it surpasses 1 million downloads, a hurdle Laws expects “Battlestar” to clear. Universal has released mobile games for various shows.