Firefly Online, Coming “Soon”

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I don’t really know when “soon” is (I guess it means sometime this summer) but details are slowly emerging about Firefly Online, the new game for Browncoats. It will be available for Mac, PC, Android and iOS. Here’s a wee little preview.

The exciting part is that the original cast of Firefly will be reprising their roles doing the vocals for this game. I don’t know how much contact you have in the game with the regular cast, though. I don’t know too much. You get a ship, you deck out your ship, you hire a crew, you find jobs to buy food and fuel to keep you alive and in the air. It sounds like it will take a lot of time to play. That’s the bad part for me (I’m just starting to recover from a year-long “The Simpsons: Tapped Out” addiction.) The last thing I need is a new addiction, when I have other things to do.

But I probably will play it. I don’t really consider myself a “Browncoat” because as much as I loved Firefly, it’s Buffy that is my go-to Joss Whedon show. I suppose Firefly could have become my favorite show if it had lasted a few more seasons. But our love affair was brief and I don’t re-watch it all that often (I do watch Serenity a rather lot though.) Anyway, I’m more into Buffy and I don’t want a new addiction and I’m annoyed that this game is coming from Fox, who are the ones who canceled Firefly in the first place! But how will I be able to resist playing?

I have some important questions about the game in fact, that will likely only be answered upon its release. Will I be able to paint my ship purple? Can I choose “companion” as my vocation of choice, so I can fly around the ‘verse visiting my various clientele? Can I hire River Tam and Wash (yes, Wash will be in the game!!!!!!!!)? And what if the game’s too competitive and only die-hard gamers can “keep flying”? I can’t wait to find out. Coming soon.

Firefly: Easing the Pain, Filling the Void

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There are two fun Firefly things coming out soon, to help ease the pain of Firefly‘s premature cancellation (which was years ago, but the Browncoats aren’t over it.) First, from the very company that canceled Firefly, comes Firefly Online, a massive multiplayer online role-playing game. Grab a ship, hire a crew, and start doing jobs to earn a living out in the ‘verse or on land. I guess it’s going to be pretty cool, but Joss himself actually has nothing to do with it, and I maintain that without his dialogue and characters, it’s going to be hard to bring the essence of Firefly back. In theory, the game will be out in the Summer of 2014.( If you can’t wait, you can get the Firefly Board Game ¬†which is exactly the same thing, only a board game version. And it’s already out.)

Second fun Firefly thing is Firefly: Leaves on the Wind, hitting comic book racks January 29, 2014 (that’s really soon!) This will be more authentically Firefly-y, on account of being created by Joss and Zack Whedon and written by Zack. Unlike other Firefly comics, it will continue the story as it was left off at the end of the movie Serenity. Here’s an interview with Zack Whedon about the new book.

But if it’s TV or movies that you want, and not comic books and games, if you have a hankering for more Firefly, I recommend the movie “Titan A.E.”¬† It’s an animated film starring Drew Barrymore and Matt Damon. The screenplay was co-written by Joss and I defy anyone to watch it and not see the connection to Firefly. This movie would make a nice gift for the Joss Whedon fanatic on your holiday gift list, which is probably you.