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'Firefly' Goes Online

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The Whedonverse is about to meet the Multiverse.

Multiverse Network Inc. has pacted with 20th Century Fox to develop a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) based on "Firefly," Joss Whedon's short-lived, but beloved sci-fi western series.

Loyal Browncoats will need to be patient, though, because the "Firefly" MMOG (some folks prefer MMORPG, or Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) may not be available until 2008.

"FOX's 'Firefly' series is set in an incredibly rich and exciting universe. It's going to make a very compelling and unique online experience filled with adventure, humor, and mystery," swears Corey Bridges, Multiverse co-founder and executive producer. "It's our hope that 'Firefly's' passionate and dedicated community of fans will enjoy the chance to become part of the story as they develop and explore the worlds of 'Firefly.'"

"Firefly," which starred Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Adam Baldwin and a others, premiered on FOX in 2002. The network had difficulties airing the show in sequence or attracting a wide audience. The show was cancelled by December, but its fanbase -- though limited -- remained dedicated. The series sold well on DVD and Whedon was able to bring the characters to the big screen in "Serenity," though the feature also struggled to find a mainstream audience and made less than $40 million worldwide.

"One of the first meetings I had when I joined Fox was with Multiverse," says Adam Kline, vice president of new media enterprises at 20th Century Fox licensing & merchandising division. "We see virtual worlds as an extraordinarily promising new entertainment medium. This is a great opportunity for 20th Century Fox and for the fans of Firefly because Multiverse will deliver an experience that will remain true to the original series, while enabling a whole new level of personal involvement for fans."

Thus, in a little over a year, gamers and Browncoats will be able to visit other planets, make deliveries on time and pick up space whores, just like the characters on "Firefly."

The press release regarding the "Firefly" game makes no mention of any involvement on Whedon's part.

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