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General: Firefly Universe Online Announced

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,619MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

DarkCryo has revealed that it is currently developing Firefly Universe Online. DarkCryo is an independent developer that his working to secure the rights to take over the Firefly MMO that was originally in development by Fox and Multiverse. By all reports, the team is hard at work bringing the cult series to live and already includes several factions: Browncoats, Alliance, Reavers and Megacorp.

Fellow Browncoats, the indie crew of DarkCryo Entertainment this week announced that they are taking over where Fox and Multiverse had stranded fans of the cancelled television series Firefly with their intention to continue development of the long-awaited Firefly MMORPG interactive title.

Already titled Firefly Universe Online, the game highlights multiple playable factions, special cast appearances, canonical planetary environments, and groundbreaking role-play mechanics.

A release date for Firefly Universe Online has not yet been set, although development efforts have already been well underway for some time now. Firefly Universe Online is seeking official endorsement by 20th Century Fox and Mutant Enemy Inc, however it will proceed in the interim under fair use as an unauthorized canonical parody, a tribute to the fans, the beloved cast, and creator Joss Wedon.

Check out the official Firefly Universe Online site. Read the press release here.

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  • WolfClawsWolfClaws Arlington, VAPosts: 554Member Uncommon

    Am I the only guys who sees the big UNAUTHORIZED beside the name Firefly Universe?

  • DistopiaDistopia Baltimore, MDPosts: 16,911Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by WolfClaws

    Am I the only guys who sees the big UNAUTHORIZED beside the name Firefly Universe?

    "Firefly Universe Online is seeking official endorsement by 20th Century Fox and Mutant Enemy Inc, however it will proceed in the interim under fair use as an unauthorized canonical parody, a tribute to the fans, the beloved cast, and creator Joss Wedon."

    Looks like they're making it whether it's authorized or not, I guess it will be free if they get no support from Fox or mutant enemy.

     

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  • Originally posted by WolfClaws

    Am I the only guys who sees the big UNAUTHORIZED beside the name Firefly Universe?

    lol nope i noticed that too but not suprising since doesn't sound like fox or whedon have anything to do with it from the press release

  • someforumguysomeforumguy HomePosts: 3,540Member Uncommon

    I loved the series and thought it was was killed way too soon. But I dont see much MMO in there. Not much was shown about the worlds they visited. And as MMO you wouldnt be able to play the main characters. So what is left is just an ip name.

  • Grand_NagusGrand_Nagus Dublin, GAPosts: 329Member Uncommon

    I've got a bad feeling about this   =p

  • KalafaxKalafax Gainesville, FLPosts: 522Member Uncommon

    If you've read any of the Pen and paper RPG based in this series the universe would be great for an mmo, but they would have to put a decent amount of work and polish into it. Not sure how I feel about these guys picking it up but we'll see.

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  • SunwolfNCSunwolfNC Charlotte, NCPosts: 188Member Uncommon

    Any word on if it'll be a traditional MMO with client based files and back end servers, or if they're going to go F2P with item stores? The former, I'll be excited about. The latter will habe me slitting my wrists...

    I'm planning on pausing WoW for WoWInSpace (SWOR) but if this turns out right, I'll pause SWOR and get my Serenity Browncoat on :) Who else would have liked Bioware to be making this game? :)

    As for the worry about the `verse being big enough; there's tons of canon out there and the community have been developing entire encylopedias about the various planets.

    Check out an example: http://store.qmxonline.com/Atlas-of-The-Verse_p_86.html

  • RuinalRuinal duhPosts: 195Member

    As much as I loved the series and film I just cannot see a compelling mmo here either.

  • Grand_NagusGrand_Nagus Dublin, GAPosts: 329Member Uncommon

    I dont understand how this works. All I have to do is put the word "unauthorized" underneath the name and I can make money off of an IP?

  • GunzieGunzie NYC, NYPosts: 9Member

    I agree to skip the mmo here.  If you love nathan fillion so much, write a awesoe movie script for him - but Serenity was all about him and the charaters developing as a family.  Good scifi drama does not an mmo make.

     

    The absolute very best awsome TV scifi IP that needs a MMO is FARSCAPE!  that was an AMAZING, compelling, well thought out, rich environment full of worlds and phenomena to explore and trounce through.  Unlike Serenity, It lasted for 4 years and 1 movie - and thats at the full TV season, not the half seasons of 13 episodes they use now.

    Scorpius is the only villain epic enough, devious and decietful enough to hold his own in comparison with even the most sinister of villains, Darth Vader.  And don forget all of the interesting critters and species with their trippy mind games, intoxicants, habbits, and sadisitic tendencies.

    And dont underestimate the hot factor of Claudia Black as Aeryn Sun.

    And hell yes, I am a Farscape FANBOI!!!! - be cause it fucking rocks like no other. 

     

     

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  • BeachcomberBeachcomber GlasgowPosts: 535Member

    Originally posted by Gunzie

    I agree to skip the mmo here.  If you love nathan fillion so much, write a awesoe movie script for him - but Serenity was all about him and the charaters developing as a family.  Good scifi drama does not an mmo make.

     

    The absolute very best awsome TV scifi IP that needs a MMO is FARSCAPE!  that was an AMAZING, compelling, well thought out, rich environment full of worlds and phenomena to explore and trounce through.  Unlike Serenity, It lasted for 4 years and 1 movie - and thats at the full TV season, not the half seasons of 13 episodes they use now.

    Scorpius is the only villain epic enough, devious and decietful enough to hold his own in comparison with even the most sinister of villains, Darth Vader.  And don forget all of the interesting critters and species with their trippy mind games, intoxicants, habbits, and sadisitic tendencies.

    And dont underestimate the hot factor of Claudia Black as Aeryn Sun.

    And hell yes, I am a Farscape FANBOI!!!! - be cause it fucking rocks like no other. 

     

     

    Have Winnona, will travel.

     

    Urgh, i thnk of Farscape and all  i can see is the muppets in space.

  • GunzieGunzie NYC, NYPosts: 9Member

    Originally posted by Beachcomber

    Originally posted by Gunzie

    I agree to skip the mmo here.  If you love nathan fillion so much, write a awesoe movie script for him - but Serenity was all about him and the charaters developing as a family.  Good scifi drama does not an mmo make.

     

    The absolute very best awsome TV scifi IP that needs a MMO is FARSCAPE!  that was an AMAZING, compelling, well thought out, rich environment full of worlds and phenomena to explore and trounce through.  Unlike Serenity, It lasted for 4 years and 1 movie - and thats at the full TV season, not the half seasons of 13 episodes they use now.

    Scorpius is the only villain epic enough, devious and decietful enough to hold his own in comparison with even the most sinister of villains, Darth Vader.  And don forget all of the interesting critters and species with their trippy mind games, intoxicants, habbits, and sadisitic tendencies.

    And dont underestimate the hot factor of Claudia Black as Aeryn Sun.

    And hell yes, I am a Farscape FANBOI!!!! - be cause it fucking rocks like no other. 

     

     

    Have Winnona, will travel.

     

    Urgh, i thnk of Farscape and all  i can see is the muppets in space.

    the costumes were amazing, the colors and designs, and the 2 animatronic puppets of the main cast quickly become life-like compelling members of the crew.  And honestly, id rather an interesting looking, well voice-acted puppet, than a shallow CGI monster that looks great but only drools and roars.  to each his own :)

  • DakirnDakirn Kansas City, MOPosts: 374Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by SunwolfNC



    Any word on if it'll be a traditional MMO with client based files and back end servers, or if they're going to go F2P with item stores? The former, I'll be excited about. The latter will habe me slitting my wrists...

    Since they're looking for Unity programmers, I'd say it's probably a browser game.

  • SyrusSyiSyrusSyi Asheville, NCPosts: 366Member

    I hope this mmorpg does good and lasts it looks really cool and teh way the say its going to be is huge

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  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member

    I was kind of dumbfounded to hear this, until I realized it was happening without Joss Whedon and Co. I'm looking forward to seeing this develop. It would be cool if they managed to make an MMO that worked, much less one based off of Firefly.

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  • DragonantisDragonantis DublinPosts: 974Member

    One of my favorite TV series is actually trying to goto MMO?

    OMG YES!

    I hope everything works out :)

  • RomseRomse Montreal, QCPosts: 198Member

    I love Firefly but I am afraid those guys are just putting a coat of paint from an IP they don't even have access to on a piece of asian crap MMO

    This will most likely suck hard

  • cerebrixcerebrix Orange, CAPosts: 566Member

    DO NOT WANT

     

    not from an indie developer.  no way.  this game needs real financing from a real company that can afford to shoulder the financial challenges developing, launching, supporting, and maintaining a successful mmorpg.

     

    an indie developer just cant handle the task.  we've seen it how many times?

     

    the last thing i want is firefly online to be only about as good as darkfail and mortal online.  AT BEST.

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  • CujoSWAoACujoSWAoA Nooo, AKPosts: 1,781Member

    Originally posted by cerebrix

    DO NOT WANT

     

    not from an indie developer.  no way.  this game needs real financing from a real company that can afford to shoulder the financial challenges developing, launching, supporting, and maintaining a successful mmorpg.

     

    an indie developer just cant handle the task.  we've seen it how many times?

     

    the last thing i want is firefly online to be only about as good as darkfail and mortal online.  AT BEST.

    I'd prefer that a group of Browncoats make the game myself, rather than Sony Online Entertainment or Biowizzard.

  • jado818jado818 Sierra Vista, AZPosts: 356Member

    I'd try out a firefly mmo.. loved the series

     

  • cerebrixcerebrix Orange, CAPosts: 566Member

    Originally posted by CujoSWAoA

    Originally posted by cerebrix

    DO NOT WANT

     

    not from an indie developer.  no way.  this game needs real financing from a real company that can afford to shoulder the financial challenges developing, launching, supporting, and maintaining a successful mmorpg.

     

    an indie developer just cant handle the task.  we've seen it how many times?

     

    the last thing i want is firefly online to be only about as good as darkfail and mortal online.  AT BEST.

    I'd prefer that a group of Browncoats make the game myself, rather than Sony Online Entertainment or Biowizzard.

    you have no idea the electric bill alone for a server farm and oc-45 required for just 1 server.  let alone the cost to lease said oc-45 and the bandwidth costs tied to that.  not to mention the redundency needed there.  the support staff for said connection alone.   not to mention the regular server support staff, and we havent even touched end user support.  we also havent even touched development, marketting, administration, legal (yes, you need lawyers.   good ones, several of them).

     

    mmo's require MUCH more than you could possibly imagine behind the scenes.

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  • McGamerMcGamer Fairfield Bay, ARPosts: 1,012Member

    I seriously hope Fox finally gives up the rights because they are the reason Firefly died in the first place. I look forward to hearing about the developement. Just because it is an indie group doing it, doesn't automatically mean anything. CCP was originally Indie and so was Mojang and now look at them both. 

  • DinendaeDinendae Pekin, ILPosts: 1,264Member

    Finally someone realized that the Multiverse Firefly game was always going to be vaporware. I am curious to see exactly how they plan to pull this off, because Firefly was even more centered  on the crew and their interactions than Star Trek was.

    "Oh my, how horrible, someone is criticizing a MMO. Oh yeah, that is what a forum is about, looking at both sides. You rather have to be critical of anything in this genre as of late because the track record of these major studios has just been appalling." -Ozmodan

  • tvalentinetvalentine San Clemente, CAPosts: 4,216Member

    Originally posted by cerebrix

    DO NOT WANT

     

    not from an indie developer.  no way.  this game needs real financing from a real company that can afford to shoulder the financial challenges developing, launching, supporting, and maintaining a successful mmorpg.

     

    an indie developer just cant handle the task.  we've seen it how many times?

     

    the last thing i want is firefly online to be only about as good as darkfail and mortal online.  AT BEST.

     ^This

    Not looking forward to it because of the developer. I think the firefly universe could make an amazing mmo, much like SWG pre-cu tbh, but a universe this big is going to need alot of financial support and resources. Funny how this was announced the day SOE announced the death of SWG.

    EDIT: why are reavers and megacorp factions? Reavers are mindless monsters, and megacorp is just one powerful corporation of many.

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  • RavikRavik Canton, CTPosts: 611Member

    I loved the series and movie but this concept sounds terrible.  I really hope they scrap the four factions idea. 

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