The first trailer for upcoming MMO Firefly Online is out, asking players what they would do if they were the captain of a spaceship. Interspersed into the responses are clips from the game, showing off character and ship creation, as well as space exploration and some combat. If you’re a fan of the show then the trailer is a must watch, if only for that final cameo, which I won’t spoil here.
News from San Diego Comic-Con has also revealed, according to io9, that the show’s entire original cast will be reuniting for the game. Alan Tudyk will actually be playing multiple roles, and the crime boss Niska will make a return as actor Michael Fairman will reprise his original series role.
Firefly Online is described as “an online strategic roleplaying game set in the universe of Joss Whedon’s cult classic TV show – Firefly. Players take on the role of a ship captain as they hire a crew and lead missions, while trading with and competing against millions of other players like themselves. Much like the crew of Serenity, the Firefly-class transport ship featured in the original show, players must do whatever it takes to survive in the Verse: find a crew, find a job and keep flying.”
In case you’re unfamiliar with the history of this famous franchise, let this Browncoat explain. Firefly debuted on Fox back in 2002, and was canceled the same year. Due to executive tinkering the show had been aired out of order and had its timeslot moved around, causing viewers to lose interest in the show. In total 14 episodes were produced, with only 11 airing before its quick and untimely end.
However, fans latched onto the series, buying the DVD by the millions and demanding more from the series. Eventually Fox gave in and a film was made called Serenity which attempted to wrap up the major plotlines of the show. Since then the series has continued its strange journey making its way to comics and even a board game.
And, as a fan, if Firefly Online ends up being just as good as the board game then count me in. Firefly Online is developed by Spark Plug Games and Quantum Mechanix and is set to release this Summer for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.