Escapist News Now: New Firefly Project In The Works

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New Firefly Project In The Works

First you'll need a crew. Well, first you'll need an iOS or Android device; then you'll need a crew.

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BehattedWanderer

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I have no problem whatsoever with something that expands the Firefly world to beyond the hull of that one ship. There's a lot of worldbuilding that can be done, and I'd revel in it. Not sure how I feel about it being just for mobile as an MMO, but I guess I'll have to see what they intend to do with it first.
 

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No.

..It shouldn't need an explanation, but here's keeping the mods at bay:
The movie was enough to tie in what fans wanted and there's no reason to go muck about with the rest of it.
As much as the setting was quirky, interesting and unique, it's biggest strength was the mystery of it, of what had happened, why there's such a huge difference in class, the background story of the villains and some of the crew, and so on; It supported a cast that worked fantasticly well with eachother and the music dotted the i's perfectly.

A game can't hope to have any of that rub off on it, especially when it's so much about immersion and that just doesn't work on a mobile device that is mainly a casual gaming platform.
As much as I thought Infinity Blade was a difference experience, it's only because I was sick for a week in a lodge with no other entertainment that I was even remotely interested in it as more than a bathroom diversion.

The negative sides are too numerous, including the annoying attempt at making handheld device gaming more than it should be, exploiting a brand and its fans to earn a quick buck(possible pay-to-win) and too little lore/content to go on.

I don't know about others, but Star Trek Online sort of ruined it for me, lore wise. Everything was laid out and a continuation of most of the previous lore of the series and movies. It felt like it laid the whole universe bare and took out all the serious business of it.

I might come off as butt hurt, but this is an annoying prospect for me.
 

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Oh great. They'll cancel the show and never even consider bringing it back, but they'll definitely milk it for what's destined to be a crappy mobile tie-in game.

Just another reminder that we live in a world where IP means "cash flow" and not a work of art made with passion.
 

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If it's coming out in 2014 that means it's been in the works for at least the last two years // How ave they been able to keep this quiet for so long?

My other question is: Why? // I know the brand name of Firefly carries a lot of weight in the Nerd community but does it have the same weight in the online MMO community?

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There is already a firefly MMO on PC, it's called EVE Online.

But really, MMOs on Android and iOS have never been a good thing and have been nothing more than facebook style games. If they want to make a good MMO, it needs to be on PC, or at least consoles. To make it work, they'd need to avoid the WoW model, which all MMOs seem to follow and crash and burn, but instead, follow the EVE model.

All that being said, I highly doubt this is going to be a AAA MMO, it will be more akin to the Battlestar Galactica MMO.
 

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Stevepinto3 said:
Oh great. They'll cancel the show and never even consider bringing it back, but they'll definitely milk it for what's destined to be a crappy mobile tie-in game.

Just another reminder that we live in a world where IP means "cash flow" and not a work of art made with passion.
I have to dig deep into my inner optimist to even say this but has any one considered that maybe the goal was to test how big of a reaction a firefly game could get with first a small low risk mobile game, and if the demand is big enough then follow it up with a bigger maybe even triple A title?
 

Nazulu

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Ugh. Really? Why bring this one back other than Money Money Money, ain't it funny, it's a corrupt uncreative world.

Just think about it. What's in the Firefly universe that makes it unique compared to all the other sci if universes? FUCK ALL! Fuck whoever thought of this.
 

Lightknight

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Nazulu said:
Ugh. Really?
I was also going to start my post with the same sign of disgust.

Online? Yet another title throwing itself into the online breach. But this time, it's a beloved title that they can't hope to do justice to in such a format. I mean, maybe if it were blizzard or something, but this market is a death trap for IPs. A full-blown AAA title would have been great.

As for the title of this thread/article. I was hoping Netflix was rebooting it somehow. "project" = intentionally vague. But thanks for the heads up. Maybe it'll be fantastic.
 

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Nazulu said:
Just think about it. What's in the Firefly universe that makes it unique compared to all the other sci if universes?
A well-acted cast with an amazing director? Zing!
 

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y'know the Ouya and the new generation of Smart TVs run Android...

its not solely "a mobile device" OS any more.

jus' sayin'...
 

jetriot

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No offense to the presenter but need to work on enunciation or the sound levels/mic are off on this video.
 

Robert Hilliker

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An updated version of Escape Velocity is my best bet. I remember back in the day how much the show seemed to mirror my adventures in that game.
 

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I never really got the appeal of Firefly, and neither did an audience big enough to keep it around. Throw it into an MMO and make it only available for phones? Whoever thought this would be successful should be drug out into the street and shot.
 

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That was the cruelest story title ever - "Hey guys there's a new Firefly project! ....*ahmn* itsaniphoneexclusivemmo. See you next time!"
 

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I'm pleased to see anything moving on any kind of Firefly-related property, but the fact that it's launching on mobile makes me afraid that it's going to be a "play for ten minutes and set aside" kind of affair with lots of "Fly to ($location), pick up ($object), deliver to ($NPC) on ($location), collect ($reward)." Not exactly the kind of story that fans of the franchise are champing at the bit for.
 

Agayek

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Grape_Bullion said:
I never really got the appeal of Firefly, and neither did an audience big enough to keep it around. Throw it into an MMO and make it only available for phones? Whoever thought this would be successful should be drug out into the street and shot.
To be entirely fair, one of the primary reasons it didn't get an audience is because the executives at Fox were actively trying to sabotage it so they didn't need to keep spending money on it.
 

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AuronFtw said:
Nazulu said:
Just think about it. What's in the Firefly universe that makes it unique compared to all the other sci if universes?
A well-acted cast with an amazing director? Zing!
I see your zing and crush it with [link]http://babylon5.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page[/link] ;)

Well-scripted, well-acted, interesting characters, amazing story arcs and more layers, twists, turns & tiny little details that seem irrelevant at the time but turn out to be huge threads than jj abrams could hide in a billion lens flare filters.

Also,



What more do I need to say, really?
 

Don Reba

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I really could not care less about a "Firefly project". It is not the "brand" I love, and Firefly by any other name would still look as shiny. I don't want a Firefly project. I want Firefly.