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Fox Announces Fully Licensed Firefly MMO, Coming 2014

Can't get enough of Joss Whedon's 'Firefly?' Get ready for your companion obsession.

Attention, Browncoats! Joss Whedon’s cult television show Firefly is to be smuggled into the video game industry by QMXi and Spark Plug Games’ in the form of Firefly Online. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con by Fox Digital Entertainment, the mobile game will be available for iOS and Android devices when it launches in the summer of 2014. Check out the brief trailer for yourself down below and, for more information, head on over to the game’s official website.

While the trailer doesn’t reveal too much, the studio seems to have created an enticing online ether that will allows players to assume the role of a novice captain. Thereafter, their duties will include having to recruit and manage a ragtag crew in order to embark on a series of space-traversing missions. Though the iconic Serenity is glimpsed in the above footage, the developers have confirmed that gamers will be able to customise their own class of Firefly ships by interacting and trading with other players.

Which, according to the CEO of QMXi, Andy Gore, is a fundamental part of bringing Joss Whedon’s property to fruition.

“At QMxi, we know firsthand how great and powerful a franchise Firefly is and how mighty the Browncoats are. It has always been our mission to bring the Verse to life for our customers in every way possible. The idea of creating an interactive experience where fans can have their own Firefly adventures — well, that’s just too shiny for words.”

Featuring cross-platform and cross-device functionality, Firefly Online aims to reignite the show’s enduring appeal with planet-side adventures and a host of social features tailored to connect Browncoats across the Verse. A four-month stint on the TV airwaves wasn’t nearly enough to satisfy the loyal following of Browncoats, and devotees will be eyeing up Firefly Online as an opportunity to revisit Whedon’s inspired world.

With no gameplay or specific story elements on display, it’s difficult to gauge Firefly Online’s chances on the mobile market. Will the game retain the spirit and legacy of the original show? Or will it turn out to be a shoddy mobile title built around the Firefly IP as its sole Raison D’être?

To quote the wise words of Malcolm Reynolds: You got a job, we can do it. Don’t much care what it is. We’ll just have to wait until 2014 to decide whether Firefly Online is a job worth taking.

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Michael Briers