“Take my love, take my money. Take my time, take more of my money.” Those are my paraphrased lyrics to “The Ballad of Serenity,” more commonly known as the theme from Joss Whedon’s much-beloved Firefly. And the reason I’m singing is because Firefly is finally getting a video game! I don’t even think the board game is out yet, but that game already seems like a has-been. (I’ll still play it if anyone is interested.) Firefly video game! I’m willing to start a language where those are the only words. The game is being developed via a partnership between Fox Digital Entertainment (FDE), QMx Interactive Inc (QMXi), and Spark Plug Games, with a release planned for next summer.
Now that the high has taken over, it’s time for a reality check. This won’t be the hilarious, universe-spanning epicness that the series deserves. It sadly won’t be on Xbox or either the PS3 or PS4. (It won’t be on the Xbox One either, but who gives a shit about that.) Firefly: Online will be a social role-playing game that will be released on smartphones and tablets, via the IOS and Android systems. There is the potential for the game to expand to other platforms, but that almost definitely won’t happen until they see how popular the game is on the mobile front.
But it’s bound to be popular, because it sounds shiny as hell. You take on the role of a ship captain, similar to Mal — though probably nowhere near as cool — and you’re meant to follow the simple mantra provided: Find a crew, find a job, keep flying. You get to create your own ship and snatch up a couple of gorram subordinates before heading out to seek adventure both in space and on distant planets. The press release even uses the phrase “aim to misbehave.” You’ll be competing with and against what they hope will be millions of players around the world. Take a peek at the teaser trailer below.
“At QMx, we know firsthand how great and powerful a franchise Firefly is and how
mighty the Browncoats are,” said Andy Gore, CEO of QMXi and Quantum Mechanix
Inc. “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.”
Saying only a unique game experience could do the series justice, Spark Plug Games president John O’Neill says, “Firefly Online, while having a lot of familiar game elements, will be like no game you’ve ever experienced.”
The website Keep It Flying welcomes you to visit it and sign up for an account, where you can get up-to-date news of the game and future discounts and offers.
But do you know what you can get now? This shirt.
Expect Whedon to dish out a little more information when his Comic-Con panel occurs later today. Is everybody happy about this, or is it just me?