A new online title based on the cult 'Space Western' TV show, Firefly, is being developed by QMXi and Spark Plug Games for iOS and Android.

The announcement was made by Fox Digital Entertainment at this week’s San Diego Comic Convention and was joined a brief teaser video, embedded below.

Much like the series it is based on, Firefly Online will allow players to become a captain of their own crew, maintain their own vessel, and – of course – take on dangerous jobs to make a living. Firefly Online also promises customisable ships and cross-platform functionality, allowing players to trade materials and items with one another.

Some fans have reacted negatively to the news, hoping instead for a fully-fledged PC online experience. However, the MMORPG market is massively-risky, with very few subscription-based titles still surviving without converting to the popular “free-to-play” model. A mobile title also alleviates most of the associated financial risk of initial development.

The much-loved Firefly was infamously cancelled by Fox Television after only one season, which was shown out of order in late 2002. A fan campaign organised by “browncoats” – dedicated fans of the show – along with a heavy push by writer Joss Whedon resulted in Serenity, a movie which continued the story of the rag-tag space crew. Since then, official comics have filled in the back-stories of some characters on the show, such as the shepherd Book.

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