Firefly's coming back to life (and this time you can LIVE it)

It’s taken almost a decade, but Joss Whedon’s beloved series Firefly is coming back to life — just not exactly the way we expected.

A “social online role-playing game” based on the short-lived series was announced today at San Diego Comic-Con, which puts players in control of a captain who has to assemble a crew and get to work.

The game is currently in development for iOS and Android, though other platforms could follow by the time the product goes live in 2014. As for actual details? They’re pretty scant. The folks on the QMx digital side seem to involved in development, but the official site doesn’t provide a ton of information.

Check out the first trailer below, which teases the premise, and read on to see the official synopsis that has been unveiled:

Firefly Online is a social role playing game (RPG) based on Firefly, Joss Whedon’s cult-hit television series. Firefly Online (FFO) is currently in development for iOS and Android, and may expand to include additional platforms.

In Firefly Online, players assume the role of a ship captain as they hire a crew and seek out adventures, all the while trading with and competing against the millions of other players to try to survive in the Verse: find a crew, find a job, keep flying.

FFO provides a variety of gameplay activities and systems so that players can fully experience life in the Verse:

  • Assume the role of a ship captain - create a crew and customize a ship
  • Aim to misbehave in space and planet-side adventures
  • Cross-platform player experience across devices (pick-up and play from anywhere)
  • Unique social features connecting Firefly fans
  • Create a shiny ship and explore the Verse

Sure, we’d obviously prefer a new run of episodes (though Whedon is admittedly pretty busy these days), but this is at least something to keep the ‘Verse alive. Here’s hoping the game is actually good, and can help spur some new interest in the franchise.

Would you sign on to play a Firefly game?

(Via Bleeding Cool)