Beyond the Red Line

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Beyond the Red Line
Basic Information
Type(s)
Video Game
Space Simulation, Sci-Fi
Direct downloads or torrents (~360 MB)
Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and macOS
Retail Features
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United Nations International Release Date(s)
March 312007[1]
Awards | Changelog | Cheats | Codes | Codex
Compatibility | Covers | Credits | DLC | Help
Localization | Manifest | Modding | Patches
Ratings | Reviews | Screenshots | Soundtrack
Videos | Walkthrough

Beyond the Red Line is an unofficial and free stand-alone total conversion for the award-winning game FreeSpace 2, based on the reimagined TV show Battlestar Galactica. It allows players to fly into combat as either a Colonial Viper pilot, or a Cylon raider.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

BtRL features an original soundtrack with pieces inspired by or remixed from Bear McCreary and Richard Gibbs' soundtrack. It also includes character-based gameplay and voice acting. The three-mission demo campaign follows a storyline that precedes the episode, "Scar", adding some background to the events of that episode. Online play, including "Deathmatch" and "Team vs. Team", is supported and a large multiplayer community has sprung up. The Mk II and VII Vipers are featured with authentic weaponry, flight controls, and semi-Newtonian physics (the development team state that, "if you've seen it on the show, you can do it in BtRL").

Development[edit | edit source]

On March 31, 2007, a demo was released that allowed players to play a tutorial, two single player missions and multiplayer. This demo has since been noted or reviewed in various gaming related websites and magazines such as The Escapist,[2] Macworld,[3] PC Gamer UK [4] and Pelit.[5] The development team has been interviewed on several occasions [6] including a "making of" special in Pelit.[7] The BtRL demo has also been featured on the covers of two Ukrainian magazines as well as in cover DVD of Finnish computer magazine Mikrobitti.[8]

In October 2008, the majority of the team announced that they had left the Beyond the Red Line development team to work on a different project, known as Diaspora.[9] Although Diaspora is also a Battlestar Galactica game built on the FreeSpace 2 engine, it is being developed independently of BTRL and the projects have no affiliation with each other.[10]

In August 2009, it was announced that as a consequence of the Diaspora fork, BtRL's subsequent inactivity, and BtRL's perceived hostility toward its fans since the split, BtRL would no longer be hosted at Game Warden, its historical home.[11] BtRL's primary website has been moved and the demo hosting mirrored on a number of providers.

No release date for the full project has yet been specified.

Reception[edit | edit source]

In February 2008 Beyond the Red Line received Mod DB's "Mod of the Year Award" for "Best Independent Game".[12] That same year the game was also recommended over the official Battlestar video game (released: 2007 for XBox Live Arcade and Windows PC), citing the latter game's low production values and publisher's mishandling of the license.[13] In 2008 the game was featured in Popular Science magazine.[14] In December 2007 the game was featured in Computer and Video Games' "The Best PC Mods. Ever!" review.[15]

Player feedback was initially very positive, and a number of dedicated Beyond the Red Line gaming clans sprung up. However, the limited number of ships in the demo, as well as netcode-related lag, hampered the multiplayer experience, and most of these clans have since become defunct or broadened their activities to Battlestar Galactica fandom in general.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Beyond the Red Line data 1. GameFaqs. Retrieved on 2009-05-23
  2. Howard, Wen (2008-02-26). So Game We All. The Escapist (magazine). Retrieved on 2008-03-18
  3. Hodge, Karl (2007-09-03). Battlestar Galactica: Beyond The Red Line Review. Macworld. Retrieved on 2008-03-18
  4. "Beyond the Red Line". PC Gamer UK (James Binns): pp. 98. 7/2007. 
  5. Mäkinen, Marko (5/2007). "Paahdinjahtia" (in Finnish). Pelit (SanomaWSOY): pp. 34. 
  6. Mod is Dead: Beyond the Red Line. Shacknews (2007-07-31). Retrieved on 2008-03-18
  7. Kankola, Tuomas (5/2007). "Pitkä tie punaiselle viivalle" (in Finnish). Pelit (SanomaWSOY): pp. 35–36. 
  8. Huvi & Hyöty DVD 2008 (Finnish). Mikrobitti. SanomaWSOY (3/2008). Retrieved on 2008-03-18
  9. Diaspora FAQ. Diaspora Team (2008-10-01). Retrieved on 2009-08-20
  10. About Beyond the Red Line. Beyond the Red Line Team (2008-10-01). Retrieved on 2009-08-20
  11. Farewell BTRL. Game Warden (2009-08-14). Retrieved on 2009-08-20
  12. 2007 Mod of the Year Awards. ModDB (2008-01-29). Retrieved on 2008-03-18
  13. Buckland, Jeff (2007-11-04). Battlestar Galactica PC Review. AtomicGamer. Retrieved on 2008-03-19
  14. Chuck, Cage (4/2008). "Have a blast". Popular Science (magazine) (Bonnier Corporation): pp. 81–82. 
  15. The Best PC Mods. Ever!. Computer and Video Games (December 28, 2007). Retrieved on 2008-06-21

External links[edit | edit source]

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