Firefly mobile game to light up iOS, Android in 2014

Based on the cult TV series, the new game will feature role-playing action in a multi-user online environment.

Firefly Online
You can't take the sky from me. YouTube/Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

"Firefly" fans will be able to take to the skies via their mobile devices come next summer.

The first officially licensed game based on Joss Whedon's short-lived but cult sci-fi series, Firefly Online will let people interact with one other in an online virtual universe. You'll assume the role of captain of a Firefly-class vessel, just like Captain Mal Reynolds, aka Captain Tightpants, from the TV series and "Serenity" motion picture.

As described on the game's Web page, your official mission will be to:

  • Build a crew, create a "shiny ship," and "explore the Verse."
  • "Misbehave" amid your adventures.
  • Access cross-platform, cross-device support.
  • Connect to fellow Firefly fans via social features.

Served up by Fox Digital Entertainment and mobile game developer QMX Interactive, Firefly Online is currently being created by QMX and video game studio Spark Plug Games. The game is expected to launch during the summer of 2014. It will initially be available for iOS and Android devices but may expand to other platforms.

"At QMX, we know firsthand how great and powerful a franchise Firefly is and how mighty the Browncoats are," QMX CEO Andy Gore said in a statement. "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."

Fans can preregister for the game at the Firefly Online Web site and keep up to date with its Twitter feed and Facebook page.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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