As part of a New York Comic Con panel last week, the creators of Firefly Online revealed some test video for its upcoming massively multiplayer online game.
As the developers explain in a post on the game’s site, this is not actual cinematic game footage, but simply a demonstration of the Firefly Online 3D Environment Engine:
“This brief ‘walkthrough’ of a procedurally-generated derelict ship should give a sense for the level of detail Firefly Online will offer in both encounter maps and player avatars.”
And you do get to hear Mal and Jayne chatting in the background – and they are clearly voiced by Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin who played the characters in the one-season Fox show and follow-up Serenity film. (It was announced back at San Diego Comic Con, that the original cast would provide their voices for the game.)
Firefly Online is a strategic online role-playing-game that lets you fly around in the universe of the TV show:
“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.”
According to io9′s coverage of the panel, the game will include a Cortex app that will allow users to manage their account from anywhere. And as a special feature, this app will include 14 cast interviews. These interviews consist both of original cast members, such as Fillion, Baldwin and Morena Baccarin (Inara Serra), and new game cast members, such as Michael Dorn (best known as Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation) and former model-turned-actress Kelly Hu (Dr. Rae Chang from Sunset Beach).
The game will be available for PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices. Users can register for for a Firely Online now but there is no firm release date for the Cortex app.