Firefly Online Articles RSS Feed | Firefly Online RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Shiny! Firefly Online Announces Lead Voice Actors for upcoming RPG Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:22:01 -0500 JC Lau

I’ve blogged about Firefly Online before, but here’s an update of meijianguo (unseen) proportions.

On Wednesday February 23, Firefly Online announced that Wil Wheaton will be the male voice lead for the upcoming game, a multiplayer strategic RPG set in Joss Whedon’s TV show universe.

Today, they announced (in an exclusive with the Mary Sue) that the female lead will be Courtenay Taylor. Taylor is no stranger to voice acting in video games, with credits in games such as EvolveMass EffectStarcraft IIStar Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Dragon Age: Origins.

As the player will be able to select the gender of their character, both voice actors will have the same script, which includes dialog in English, local dialects from planets in the Firefly universe, and—of course—plenty of Chinese swear words.

It’s unknown at this time whether Wheaton and Taylor will need a coach for the Chinese component, but it’s possible, given how clumsy some of the original actors were with the language.

Firefly Online is slated to be released in Spring 2015 on Windows and Mac OS desktop via Steam, and iOS and Android mobile devices. You can keep up with their news at their website, or with their companion app, Firefly Cortex.

Firefly Gameplay Trailer Released at San Diego Comic Con Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:07:00 -0400 Mary-Kate Wagamon

Last year's San Diego Comic Con brought news of an upcoming online game based on the beloved Firefly television show. Yesterday, at this year's San Diego Comic Con, the first gameplay trailer for Firefly Online premiered, a year after the original announcement. Along with the trailer came some information about the game that would make any Browncoat eager to play it: the original cast reprising their roles for the game! Nathan Fillion, who plays captain Malcolm Reynolds in the show, even appears at the end of the trailer.

"Me? I'd aim to misbehave. But that's just me talking."

Firefly Online, developed by Quantum Mechanix and Spark Plug Games, will allow "players [to] 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." The trailer also shows how customizable the game will be, particularly focusing on characters, ships, and personal bunks. Here is an image from an exclusive look, that happened last year: 

 Ever since the game's announcement last year, many are skeptical of the game's quality. Phil Savage, of PCgamer, said that the game "doesn't look particularly impressive," and that he "can't imagine a joint PC/mobile game is the way most Firefly fans dreamed of exploring that setting." Last year, Kotaku posted an article titled, "Firefly is Getting a Video Game, But Not the One You Want."

However, it's difficult to fully judge a game before actually playing it. The customization and options are both positive points, as is the ability to play a captain of your very own ship. Plus, what Browncoat doesn't want a chance to interact with their favorite characters from the show?

Firefly Online is coming soon for PC, Mac, and mobile devices. 

Firefly Online: To Love or Not to Love Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:42:45 -0400 Mary Yeager

Despite the television series being cancelled over ten years ago, Firefly is still a well-beloved series that many thought was cancelled too early. The series has spawned one official movie, Serenity, as well as comic books and a roleplaying game. That love is not over as QMx Online is setting up to bring the 'verse to the video game world with Firefly Online.

Announced at last year's San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), many fans (also known as Browncoats) have been avidly awaiting a release of this new MMO. The original trailer stated that it was coming summer 2014. Well, it's most definitely summer (judging by the heat outside) and it's 2014, but still no release date has come.

What is Firefly Online?

Firefly Online is not your traditional MMO, at least not from how developers describe the gameplay. Players will be the captains of their own ships. Their crew will be NPCs that will adjust in loyalty based on player's actions as captain. It will be the captain's job to procure jobs to be able to support the crew.

Come On, How Good Can It Be?

When I first heard about Firefly Online, I wasn't sure what to think. How good can it be when it's supposed to be releasing on mobile devices as well? Is this going to just be another social flash-style game? Being the Browncoat I am, I was very anxious about the whole situation. Just how shiny could it be?

Enter SDCC 2014. Now I am quite ecstatic about the release, though I would love to know when it is going to be released (come on QMx, we are dying to know). I want to explore the 'verse to my heart's content with my crew. With the Firefly crew included in the game voiced by the original cast, I am a bit too excited to run into Mal and all the rest of the gang.

Oops, Signal Denied

I'm apparently not the only Browncoat excited to find out more about Firefly Online. During SDCC, the tech team had to fly home to set about fixing their website. Mr. Universe was wrong. We can stop the signal. Get enough Browncoats trying to hit the same website at one time and an account suspension from the ISP after a server crashed is what you get.

Fans trying to go to the site will no longer find the informational website for the time-being, but the Cortex login has been reactivated for players' use. Be sure to visit the Cortex and register to make sure you get the captain's name you want reserved (I've definitely got mine).

A sketch by Hawk, QMx's design director, after the servers were crashed

More! We Demand More!

With all the technical difficulties with their website, the gameplay demo and panel we were told we were to see is likely been delayed until they have gotten their website back online on a new server all shiny and new. This has me a bit upset, but I shall wait and see when they allow this information to be seen by those unlucky enough to attend this year's SDCC. Word has it that planned DLC will also let players choose to play as Alliance and Reavers.

Will you be joining me in the 'verse?

Feel Free to Keep Flying in Firefly Online Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:15:03 -0400 Raymond W

In 2002, Joss Whedon's space western television series Firefly premiered and, eleven episodes later, was canceled far too soon due to low ratings. A decade later, the show has become a cult classic, with millions of dedicated fans, dubbed Browncoats, waiting for the show's revival every day.

The series isn't coming back (yet), but there is good news: Firefly Online, a social role-playing game based on the franchise, is currently in development for iOS and Android-based smartphones and tablets.

Its tagline, "Find a Crew. Find a Job. Keep Flying," says it all: in the game, players will become captains of their own ships, tasked with recruiting ship crew and leading missions. Some of the other features listed so far include customizable ships, cross-platform play, and trading between players.

"At QMx, we know firsthand how great and powerful a franchise Firefly is and how mighty the Browncoats are," said Andy Gore of developer QMXi. "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."

The developer, alongside Spark Plug Games, is a great fit for Firefly Online, having worked extensively with the series for a long period of time. VP of Fox Digital Entertainment's mobile division Matt McMahon said:

"We are thrilled to be partnering with QMx on Firefly Online. QMx has a long and successful history with Firefly and we couldn't think of a better partner to make a truly innovative game that will stand up in the Verse and to its passionate fans."

The bad news? You'll have to wait until 2014 for the game to drop.

 Be sure to preregister on the game's official website for more information!

A Firefly Game?! Don't be Excited; Be Disappointed [UPDATE] Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:02:04 -0400 Max Jay

As seen on Kotaku, there is an upcoming Firefly game based on one of the greatest television shows of all time.

Can you just imagine flying through the universe, dodging reavers in your very own ship? Maybe it'll break down all the time just like the Serenity, or maybe we won't get any of that at all.

A collective gulp was heard around the entire world when all Firefly fans realized through Fox's press release that the game is going to be "a multi-user, social online role-playing game that will initially be available for smartphones and tablets, including those based on iOS and Android operating systems."

**Guys... This is ACTUALLY a thing. This is NOT Photoshopped.**

Firefly Online is being developed by QMx Interactive and Spark Plug games, of Dairy Queen Tycoon and Plight of the Zombie fame. So at least we have some assurance that the game will be mediocre and then almost immediately forgotten. *Sigh* Well here's to hoping that Firefly doesn't get ruined with this potentially stupid game.

Click here for the full story on Kotaku.

 **I seriously don't.**

What do you think about this game not being an MMO style space adventure? Does it break your heart, or only make you cry a little? Sound off in the comments down below and maybe I'll let you come over and watch Serenity with me because it's a million times better than all of the Star Wars prequels combined!

[UPDATE] I reached out to both Joss Whedon and Spark Plug games about Whedon's involvement in the game. A I had anticipated, Joss Whedon didn't tweet back to me AGAIN (I'm beginning the think we're not best friends) but Spark Plug got back to me and said:

We cannot comment on Joss Whedon's behalf.

I diplomatic and unencouraging answer at best, but an answer nonetheless. Hopefully Whedon will get back to me and then take me to lunch, but if not we'll just have to wait to find out more.