Firefly to be reborn as MMORPG
In a nutshell, Multiverse is a company founded by a team of Netscape veterans. Their aim is to create a universal platform that independent developers can create games on. The advantage being that it will be easier for smaller teams to develop games, and consumers will have the advantage of using one client that is able to play the various Multiverse products. Reportedly, there are already 7000 development teams working with the platform. The Firefly game is the big feather in the Multiverse cap that will get them some much needed mainstream press. Like this.
Now that all of that is out of the way... what do you think about the prospects of the Firefly MMORPG? I think a lot of it depends on just what their expectations are. There is a line in the Wired article that I find just a little disturbing. "Firefly has become the Star Trek of 21st-century sci-fi fandom" Now, I love Firefly as much as anyone, and more than most actually, but come on now. Firefly is about 700 million dollars in box office, three successful spin-offs, and one alien language away from being Star Trek. There is a nice little fandom there, and it is a fandom that has proven they are willing to spend cash, but realistically, this isn't Star Trek or Star Wars we are talking about.
The other problem I see is who is going to write this? Not the code, but the overall story. So much of what made Firefly great was the writing of Joss Whedon. It was the stories he told that hooked all of these fans. And right now he seems a little preoccupied with Goners, Wonderwoman, and the X-Men and Buffy comics. As cool as it will be to go to the moon where people juggle geese for recreation, is that going to be enough to keep people playing the game?
I'll still be interested to see what comes of it. But rather than whooping and hollering about this news, I'm more cautiously optimistic. The folks at Multiverse think there could be something for fans to play with by 2008. I guess we'll wait and see.