Announced at San Diego Comic Con this week, the entire main cast of Firefly is coming together once again to voice their roles in Firefly Online, a strategic online RPG developed by Spark Plug Games and Quantum Mechanix.
Firefly Online was originally announced at last year’s Comic-Con, so it’s fitting that this news would drop at the convention center. Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau and Ron Glass – the entire crew of Serenity – will be lending their voices to the game, which allows players to take control of their own ship and travel the ‘verse and command a crew. Michael Fairman is also confirmed to be on board, reprising his role as Niska, who was introduced in “The Train Job”, and appeared again, trying to kill Mal, in “War Stories”. In addition to voicing Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne, Alan Tudyk will voice additional characters as well.
There hasn’t been a huge amount of information on Firefly Online, especially of late, but we do know that the game will feature both a branching main story, and user-created jobs players can share with each other. Ships and crews will be customizable, and gameplay will take place both across the vastness of space and planet-side on hundreds of planets. Quantum Mechanix has been very excited about the game’s free flight engine, which, ”will give you a reactive 3D user interface, that includes whizzy “in-universe guides” around planets that the player can interact with.” On the subject of the free flight engine, Quantum Mechanix’s Andy Gore said it’s as if “you could imagine the map of the ‘verse (complete with the nebula gases), in 3D, with all the planet renders that you can zoom in, zoom out and fly through. It looks utterly amazing“
Yet as with all things Firefly, having your hopes up for Firefly Online could lead to heartbreak: The game was first announced with a summer 2014 release, and while we now have our first teaser trailer for the game courtesy of SDCC 2014, it’s safe to say that isn’t going to happen. The trailer ends with a vague ‘coming soon’ and currently a trip to the game’s website yields a 404 error message. Here’s hoping the guys at Quantum Mechanix pull through and deliver something shiny, because there are few things in the ‘verse we love more than Captain Malcolm Reynolds’s ragtag team of misfits and criminals.
Firefly Online will launch on Windows PC, Mac, iOS and Android.
Images: Spark Plug Games and Quantum Mechanix