Stephen Brust (a notable and excellent fantasy author) has written a Firefly novel, titled My Own Kind of Freedom. It’s being distributed under a creative commons license, and you can get it on his site, dreamcafe.com. I’m just about to start reading it; I’ll let you know how it looks.
Of all the people who might publish the Firefly MMO, Google would not have occurred to me. But according to a story on massively.com, they might. Apparently, Multiverse and Google have cut a deal regarding virtual worlds. Even if the big G are not directly involved in the game, some of their infrastructure will probably be used.
There are rumours beginning to circulate about a second Firefly movie. Is there a chance of Serenity 2? On pure numbers, I’d say there’s no chance. But based on the way Firefly keeps on coming back, I’d say it’s definitely possible. We’ll see what happens.
There’s a new book out, called Serenity Found. Among other essays about the Firefly Universe, it contains one by Corey Bridges. I quote:
The Virtual ?Verse. Multiverse co-founder Corey Bridges (no relation) on how the ?Firefly? MMORPG project got started and what would be needed to make it a kick-ass game.
I think that Browncoats will get behind that - after all, who wouldn?t want to assemble their own crew to undertake missions together, to build a life for themselves around their ship? Or what about other scenarios that are only glimpsed in the show?
Tired of waiting for progress on the Firefly MMO, Tim Agne has gone to the trouble of creating Miis for the characters in Firefly. They’re pretty accurate!
The Multiverse Client, on which the Firefly MMO will run, has been released. There’s an article on GigaOM portraying it as a competitor for Second Life (not quite accurate, that), and also the official press release. Games called Dark Horizons and Forgotten Legends have launched with it, and two called Force of Arms and LunarQuest are noted as “coming soon”. There’s no mention of Firefly in the Multiverse release, but it’s mentioned in the GigaOM article.
Matt Mihaly has put up another interview with Corey Bridges. This one deals more with the Multiverse platform than anything else, but Firefly gets a look in at several points. Matt’s is an excellent blog if you’re interested in MMOs, by the way.
There’s a new interview with Corey Bridges up at Gaming Angels. He’s commenting on the strength of the existing fanbase, and the likelihood of encountering characters from the show in the game.
It’s been widely rumoured (but not confirmed) that Raph Koster (or his new company, Areae) is going to be involved in some way with the Firefly MMO. There’s a newly published interview with him at RealMMO. He doesn’t say anything about Firefly, but it makes interesting reading all the same.
A Firefly MMO related strip this week from Home on the Strange.
Gaming site TenTonHammer has put a page on their wiki concerning the Firefly MMO.
The BBC have an article up, saying that Serenity has topped of poll of SFX readers, beating Star Wars to the place as number one scifi film ever. It’s very nice to see that kind of recognition hitting the mainstream media, and I know from a number of conversations I’ve had with non-fans that it’s getting the name of the movie out there in a way that ordinary advertising never could. It was also one of the BBC’s most read articles for April 2nd!
Gaming site Ten Ton Hammer have published an interview with Ron Meiners, director of developer relations at Multiverse. Much of the interview concerns the Multiverse platform and other games being released on it, but there are a few snippets concerning the Firefly MMO:
We asked Meiners whether Multiverse had found a developer yet. ?No, not yet,? he said. ?We?re still talking to people and shopping around.?
Concerning the connections with Fox and getting any of the voice actors for the game, Meiners said that everything was still just being looked at and worked on. He seemed confident that Fox would eventually get back to them, but it would just take time.
… which aren’t the most positive pieces of news we could hear, but at least things are still in progress. Hopefully we’ll hear more soon.
There’s an interview with Multiverse’s Ron Meiners up on Warcry. Unfortunately, all he’s saying about the Firefly MMO is:
We’re really excited by this, but I can’t really say anything about it now. The fan reception has been awesome, but we don’t have anything to announce at this time.
I’m getting a bit impatient for some news at this stage, I have to say…
Accrding to a post on 3pointD.com, Multiverse, who are to produce the Firefly MMO, have recently secured more than $4 million in funding. That should go a long way towards finding a Firefly development team…