It seems that Firefly Universe Online is still flying, as the game’s creators have relaunched the official Facebook page and plan on putting the project back onto Kickstarter to secure more funds for developement. If you’re unsure as to what Firefly Univers Online is then it’s an MMO based upon the utterly fantastic sci-fi/Western TV series created by Joss Whedon back in 2002 that was abruptly cancelled after just 13-episodes by those utter bastards at Fox. It’s possible that I still harbour a small grudge against them for that, but in my defence they never even gave the show a fair shot at survival. Anyhow, Firefly Universe Online was announced in early 2011 but abruptly disappeared mid-2012 when Fox had a bit off a problem with them for using the IP.
In short Fox hadn’t really done anything with the Firefly name, but threw a bit of a temper tantrum whenever someone else showed some interest in it. However, now it seems that things have been resolved because now the games Facebook page has magically restarted with the first post since July 2011 reading:
“With the well wishes of Fox Entertainment Group, we have reactivated the FUO MMORPG Facebook page in preparation for our upcoming kickstart campaign.
Happy Holidays and a Shiny 2013!”
But that’s not all because in the comments section for that post the group behind the project also had this to say when a Facebook member asked them if this meant Fox had given them their blessing:
“We received well wishes for an “inspired” title at this time. A popular Alpha Launch may re-awaken licensing consideration, in which case we may then include an expansion pack containing derivative content.”
Correct me if I’m wrong here, but that sounds like if the Alpha for the game is successful enough Fox may consider making it an actual officially licensed product, allowing the developers to add in even more content and presumably get financial backing. Interesting.
You probably hadn’t noticed but I’m not really an MMO sort of person, and I do have some reservations about this project, mostly that having Firefly slapped into the name means almost nothing. Firefly wasn’t an amazing show because of its setting, but because of the writing, acting and characters. My fear is this will end up being just another space MMO that just so happens to use the same names for things as the show and that doesn’t actually capture any of what made Joss Whedon’s creation so good. Or in other words I’d like my officially licensed epic Firefly RPG now, please, with all the original cast providing the voicing and Joss Whedon back on writing duties.
Hopefully my fears are pointless and we end up with an outstanding game.
For more information on the game you can visit the developers website at:
If you want to help the game along, the kickstart campaign will begin on January 20th. Keep your eyes on this page: