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‘Firefly’ online game coming in 2014

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Browncoats, rejoice! Sort of.

The good news for fans of Joss Whedon’s cancelled-too-soon, inarguably awesome TV series is that the first officially licensed video game based on ‘Firefly’ is on its way.

The not-so-good news is that it's a social game targeting smartphones and tablets.

Due out in summer 2014, Firefly Online will let players build crews and ships, interact with other players socially, and “explore the Verse,” just like Captain Mal. Well, except for all the epic firefights and fisticuffs and stuff, because it doesn't sound like the action will be particularly robust. The developers, QMX Interactive and Spark Plug Games, aren’t really known for going big.

Still, they seem undaunted.

"At QMX, we know firsthand how great and powerful a franchise Firefly is and how mighty the Browncoats are," QMX CEO Andy Gore said in a statement. "It has always been our mission to bring the Verse to life for our customers in every way possible. The idea of creating an interactive experience where fans can have their own Firefly adventures -- well, that's just too shiny for words."

It also might be too shiny for expectations. QMXi isn’t exactly the most proven developer; their past work includes a Super 8 camera app and a simple messaging app based on the TV show “Warehouse 13.” Spark Plug Games has worked on more traditional games, though most of those are of the casual , hidden-object variety. Millions of players vying for interstellar survival? Not so much.

At this early stage we know very little about how Firefly Online will play, however (the trailer below doesn't lend much insight). Here’s hoping they figure out how to make a Firefly MMO running on phones and tablets into a worthy adventure and not a gorram waste of time.

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