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President of Syfy, David Howe, recently gave an exclusive interview with THR, in which he expressed the efforts to merge video games with the network, and also the likelihood of more projects set in the Battlestar Galactica universe. Recognizing the link between fans of the network and fans of gaming, Syfy is looking to create more programming-inspired games, as well as more game-inspired programming.
Howe spoke on the partnerships between Syfy and game companies, THQ and Trion Worlds, and the projects he sees developing as a result; “We’re very excited about games and we see it as a big growth opportunity for us over the next five to ten years.” Already releasing a made-for-TV movie based on the THQ title, Red Faction: Armageddon, the network is now working on a project with Trion to create a game that ties in directly with one of their original series. Defiance will be a massively multiplayer online game, that releases along with a new live-action series on Syfy.
In addition to the general discussion on their relationship with the video game industry, Howe discussed whether Battlestar Galactica fans would have anything else to look forward to from the series. After the cancellation of Caprica last year, things were looking grim. That is, until the MMO game based on the series brought in over 2 million registered players, even without a BSG series currently on air. The network is working on a pilot for a new spinoff entitled, Blood and Chrome, which Howe says will be launched next year.
Howe also assured that fans will see more BSG spinoffs in other media; “The franchise is bigger than a TV series that we happen to be running...We can continue to figure out new ways to tell the story. You can look forward to more Battlestar Galactica spin-offs in the future.”