Cult TV show Firefly to live on as iPhone and Android game next year

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Firefly, the cult sci-fi TV show helmed by Joss Whedon of The Avengers fame, is to be revived as an iOS and Android game due for release in summer 2014.

Called Firefly Online, the game will see you building and customising your own spaceship before heading out to hire a crew, taking on missions and (presumably) battling other craft. The “Online” part of the game comes from the ability to meet and trade with other players in-game, a mechanic that will work across both the Apple and Android platforms, allowing for rare cross-platform play between the two.

Revealed by Fox during the San Diego Comic Con, the game is being developed by Dairy Queen Tycoon developer Spark Plug Games, alongside QMXi who specialise in sci-fi gaming tie-ins.

Though pencilled in for release initially on smartphone and tablet devices, the developers haven’t ruled out a PC release yet, but will first gauge interest in the mobile properties.

Firefly only had one season, which ran in 2002 before being cancelled, but remains a fan favourite, enough to justify a one-off movie called Serenity in 2005. Fans of Star Wars would do well to check them all out.

For more updates on the game, visit www.keepflying.com.

Gerald Lynch