by Joseph Leray
According to an announcement during San Diego Comic-Con, Joss Whedon's merry band of Malcontents will be making their way to mobile phones and tablets next year as a massively multiplayer social game called "Firefly Online."
"Firefly Online" is being developed by Quantum Mechanix Interactive and Spark Plug Games. QMXi specializes in licensed apparel -- their store is chock-full of Firefly gear -- and Spark Plug's most recent outing was "Plight of the Zombie" a more-or-less well-received puzzle strategy game.
"It has always been our mission to bring the Verse to life for our customers in every way possible," said Andy Gore, CEO of Quantum Mechanix. "The idea of creating an interactive experience where fans can have their own Firefly adventures -- well, that's just too shiny for words."
As the trailer suggests, your job as a starship pilot will be to "find a crew, find a job, and keep flying." I'm guessing that the promised "social" aspects will be about how pilots interact -- by sending each other annoying notifications on Facebook, most likely -- but I like the idea of being able to staff your Firefly with real people. If I had my druthers, though, I think I'd wear a wooly hat and shotgun cannibals instead piloting the ship -- Mal was always under so much stress.
With nothing but that short teaser to go on, the only other nailed-down info is that "Firefly Online" will release in 2014 for iOS and Android mobile devices. You can sign up for an account on the game's official website.
Joseph Leray is a freelance writer from Nashville. Follow him on Twitter