How did it slip right through me? Am I a Reaver in disguise? Well, I might as well be, since I’m going to eat this game right up when it finally releases for PC and Tablet/Phones. The date has yet to be determined, but rather later and shiny, than sooner and rusty.
The game might be a few months away, but that hasn’t stopped QMXi and Spark Plug games from giving us something to pass by the time. The Firefly Cortex is a collectible card game, that’s if you decide to drop the $5 on The Big Damn Hero package, which gets you your own Statue in your own crappy town and your name in the credits in Firefly Online.
( A few videos of the cortex, before we get to Firefly online, excuse the awesomeness of a podcast in the background, I was listening to it while navigating through the verse.)
(Podcast will be linked at the end of article)
Otherwise the Firefly Cortex works as an in game name claimer and is a way to stay up to date with news and behind the scenes footage. The Cortex is littered with fun concept art and videos of the original actors portraying there roles, although Gina Torres won’t be reprising her role this time around, at least for the first part of the series.
You’ll be able to unlock special nick knacks in game items, that will transfer into the MMO through and from the Cortex if you decide to buy the Big Damn Hero package. You can obtain rare in game items such as the infamous Jayne hat and Captains chair by collecting all the cards to a series. You can obtain these cards through chests that you earn by ranking aka leveling up through missions. or you can also buy pack of cards through the Trading Post/store.
(Quick tip, don’t sell your dupes for BP, since season 2 implemented stacking. not sure how it works just yet, just got me the Cortex last night.)
Missions are simple navigating, where is waldo type mini games, that you must do throughout the verse and are done so by clicking through a gorgeous map of the Firefly universe. Although all these are great and all, my absolute favorite feature of the Cortex had to be the Ship Viewer, where I could just stare at Serenity and change her color scheme all day long…… uh hmmmmm.
Now lets get to the meat, scrubs! Firefly Online will play as an old school Fallout/XCOM Turn Based RPG and a Freelancer like flight sim. It will have jobs as missions like every other mmo, but you can tell by the way Andy Gore has spoken about the franchise, that it will be far from usual. The Male character you play as will be voice acted by the one and only Will ” WHEATON!!!!!!!” Wheaton(Will Wheaton) and the female verse actress will be no other than Courtenay Taylor (Rubber! and I guess Resident Evil and Mass Effect too, I guess, but come on, seriously now, how can those compete with Rubber.). The price for the game has yet to be determined, but what I know so far is that it will not be Free 2 Play nor will it be subscription based. The price will be a one time transaction, but there’s no indication what the price will be, other than it will be under $50, since Andy Gore felt it would be wrong if they charged a premium price on one platform, when he wanted the fans to also be able to own it on several platforms of their choice, without ending up dropping a hundred or so, especially when it will be pick up and play across all platforms from a single account.
(Gore was also able to get his hands on the original Firefly footage from Fox and watched it all frame by frame, to dissect it and add little whole lot of love into the game.)
The story mode is said to be beatable in the time frame of 20 hours if you decide to rush through it, but why would you want to do such a thing? Especially when you can go to the local bar and start a random gun fight or better yet, ship illegal cargo through out the verse while avoiding the Alliance and defending yourself against space pirates. Then again I can see why you would want to stay grounded, when you obviously want to avoid Reapers at all cost, unless…… reapers don’t only stay in space during the game….. *shivers*.
The trading post will be one of you main spots for jobs as you make your away around the planets and assemble your crew. The bar will be your primary destination for hiring members and actually starting bar fights, which might of sounded like I was joking about, but dead to rights, I was not. You can buy, sell and move cargo around the verse, but make sure it’s all legal contraband aboard or the alliance will stop and pay you a visit. You will be able to decorate the inside and outside of your ships with custom paint jobs and place unique items such as posters all over the interior.
While investigating the verse, make sure to make some BP(currency), since your ship will fall apart on you and you will the need the help of a mechanic, although you can go at it on your own, mechanicless, to get your rig as good as rusty as before, keeping it in running shape. Get a crew, decorate your ship ala Sims galore, wreck on some fools and snatch away their weapon, crush it right in front of your opponent and make a custom gun that is forged out of all the parts of all your previous prey…. I mean.. enemies. (guns not souls…..) If you wish to go the more Shepard route, just spend time in your bunker customizing the walls or room with trophies and collectibles or just chill in your garage pimping out your rides.
You will be able to fast forward to planets, each and every single one found on the Cortex map, but you will still come up on random encounters that you will need to gather up your crew and defend yourself from, although it would help if your crew was properly trained…. Oh look at that! you can do that too! Which is one of the major reasons the game was made turn based, instead of your usual FPS that is centered solely around you and the character you play as instead of revolving around the people fighting aside you. Turn based non FPS was the way to go for the core feature for any Firefly game and that core feature is Family, the crew, the people you must care about and keep alive, even though through thick and thin, you might just want to clock them every once and a while. But make sure you never cross them or else you might lose them to another player in game, who might just get a mission to have your past companion coming right after you.
The release of the first act of Firefly may not be known, but it is near and will have four adventures(DLC) to come out soon after , which also has all the voice acting completed as of now. The current goal for Firefly Online unlike the rest of the MMO’s out there is to start off small and get 100,000 active players, instead of thinking large and only about sales. From what I have seen this project feels more like a love letter to the fans, than anything else and makes me feel nothing more than gitty inside.
This is Cathew Murlock signing out, BrownCoats UNITE!
P.S. Just found out that the ships you buy through the store gets you dibs and registers the name for your vessel, so if you have a couple names in mind, make sure to snatch them up quick. Now, without further ado say hello to the SS Epicpower!
P.S.S. Learned that there was a special ship that you got called the Kepler, that was redeemable in game if you registered before the end of August 2014, so bummed that I missed out, but at least I found this shiny code floating around the interverse, try it, it’ll give you a free ship. Type OVERLAND in the redeem box located in the account section of the Cortex.
The Firefly podcast, with a whole lot more information (Click Me)
Firefly Online’s media sites
Super rad shirt