Darren Franich
March 10, 2010 AT 09:58 PM EST

Battlestar Galactica is going to be a videogame. According to this press release, Syfy is partnering with Unity Technologies and game publisher Bigpoint to create an online multiplayer game based on the mind-blowing TV space opera, to be released this fall. Incredible! Splendiferous! Braingasm! The mind races with possibilities. I visualize space battles, political intrigue, Centurion gunfights, and a mini-game where you try to outdrink Colonel Tigh.

There’s also the added thrill of competition. Alongside the just-released Star Trek Online and the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic, BSG Online would make this a true showdown between the three biggest sci-fi media franchises. Of course, BSG Online wouldn’t seem to lend itself to the typical quest-and-explore RPG aesthetic–unlike in those other franchises, the BSG universe is mostly dead and empty–but that just makes me more intrigued to see what the game developers will do.

What do you want to see in Battlestar Galactica Online, PopWatchers? Would you rather play as a Viper pilot, a colonial politician, a Cylon sleeper agent, or a poor mute Cylon raider? Do you think the game will honor the TV show, or is this an awful idea? It has to be better than that terrible BSG Xbox 360 game, right?

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