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Firefly may never come back to television but an upcoming game will allow Browncoats to keep flyin'. Spark Plug Games and Quantum Mechanix plan to release their MMO Firefly Online on PC and Mac next year.
Players in Firefly online will become captains of their own ship. They'll head out into the 'Verse with their crew and look for trouble. Players will encounter both Reavers and the Alliance in their travels. At first, all players will be Browncoats but the development team may add other factions at a later date.
These players will make a living through through quests and trading with other players. Captains will pilot their 3D ships in realtime and customize them in several ways. There will be ship and ground combat, though players will be able to talk their way out of situations as well. There's a central storyline along with other standalone adventures to pursue. The game will also launch with a mission editor.
"For us, the most exciting thing is player-created 'jobs' (the Firefly Online name for quests)," Quantum Mechanix's Andy Gore told io9 during their exclusive preview. "There will be a job-creation system where players will be able to craft adventures for other players to partake in. We're looking forward to seeing what people do with that system."
"And there will be *a lot* to do beyond quests. You can focus on pimping your ride, getting a new ride, hiring a crew, keeping them happy, trading, crafting, collecting swag, or just flying around the multitude of terraformed worlds of the Verse in the freeform flight simulator."
Firefly Online is being developed with the Unity Engine. Spark Plug and QMX are currently planning a Summer 2014 release across PC, Mac, iOS and Android. Players can use the same character across both desktop and mobile devices.
I'm a huge fan of Firefly but I've always been skeptical about the prospects of a Firefly MMO. MMO's are a risky enough venture on their own and basing them on a TV show that wasn't a mainstream hit doesn't seem like a recipe for success. However, Spark Plug and QMX are really making it happening. I hope it can adequately fulfill fans' dreams of becoming Browncoats. If nothing else, it could distract fans from the long wait for another film.