Joss Whedon fans, you might want to go grab some duct tape. Got it? Now roll about eight feet of it around your head, just in case it explodes with shiny rainbows at this next bit of news: there's an official Firefly game coming to Android. Not a fan project. Not some promotional minigame. A real title based on the cult classic sci-fi TV show and movie. That sound you're hearing now is a million Browncoats shouting with unrestrained glee.

Firefly Online was announced at Comic-Con San Diego, with a vague "2014" release date. It will be a joint venture from QMx (the guys that make all those cool spaceship toys and Star Trek combadges) and developer Spark Plug Games. The trailer above isn't much to go on - it's basically some extremely simple 3D models and a bit of soundtrack from the Serenity movie. But the About section of the Keep Flying website (currently hammered by excited traffic) describes the game as a social RPG, currently in development for Android and iOS. You'll play as a captain whose pants may or may not be tight, recruit a crew, create and maintain a ship, and go on (ahem) "jobs." The gameplay itself may or may not be in a consistent MMO-style world - there's too little information at this point to decide - but your character and account will sync across devices.

Dedicated gamers may remember a push for a Serenity MMO way back in 2006. That kind of fizzled into nonexistence, and nothing substantial ever became of it. While we haven't seen anything so solid as gameplay or even unique elements for Firefly Online, an 18-month maximum timeframe is encouraging. We'll see if the game is worth playing when it comes out. Until then, you can ask Buddha for a pony, a plastic rocket, and a Firefly game that doesn't suck, and keep an eye on the official website.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • jmgnole

    I'll be in my bunk.

  • PamelaLibrarian

    WOW!!! I really, really, really hope this doesn't suck! This would be the one RPG game that would get me to play. But Firefly isn't really Firefly without the characters, so I hope they are integrated in some way.

    • Steve Freeman

      I agree...the Firefly universe was vaguely interesting, but it was the characters that really made it a hit.

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      So long as I can blow away Reavers and make fun of idiot Alliance patrols I'm good. And maybe pick on Patience some. :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    I'm just confused by this one.

  • Cory_S

    Why don't they just renew the series instead of a mobile game that might be fun for a week or two.

    • PamelaLibrarian

      Yeah, I think we would all love this one, but Nathan Fillion is doing so well with Castle and Zoe is on Suits, so you know...(And I LOVE both of those shows). And poor Wash. :(

      • Cory_S

        Suits is interesting, but it is kind of a show you watch while thumbing through your phone. Castle is yet another cop show. I'm so sick of cop shows. Why can't we have just ONE space SciFi show?

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      i would love that too but he has aged a ton....i would love to see enterprise finish the last season but it is a few years too late to hit that 10 year gap window :/

  • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

    I used the duct tape, but it didn't help.

  • Funem

    Love Firefly, its in my top 5 all time TV shows, I don't really want to get my hopes up for this, I can see there may be some disappointment on the horizon. Hope I'm wrong and its "shiny"

  • A

    "Social" online role playing game. Gah. :-(

  • Heon Jun Park

    I still haven't watched all the episode..... the 1st ep. bored me to tears...

    • Dan Lupescu

      I did not like the first episode either, but all of my nerd friends told me I was wrong. I gave it another shot. Figured i'd give it 5 episodes tops.

      I am now a fan, own the dvd and the movie...

  • Xpgamer7

    Mmm...Their history of development is spotty, the idea of a watered down MMO is dissapointing at best. I'm all for a firefly game, but I want to make sure there's love and quality packed into it.

  • Slighter

    Will this come with the Morena Baccarin sits in my lap while I play attachment? If so sign me up.

  • firethorn

    A Firefly game without the Serenity and its crew. I could hardly be any less excited about this. This is definitely not the Firefly game I wanted.