Firefly MMO Studio Push Back At Suspicions That Its Game Is A Hoax

The studio claiming to have the blessings of Fox Entertainment to proceed with a Firefly themed MMO have disputed our reporting over the weekend which suggested the project was a hoax.

The suspicion was drawn from the logo and the presence of an endorsement purportedly from The Yes Men, an activist group that has impersonated government and corporate spokesmen in their protest campaigns.

DarkCryo claims to have received "a myriad of endorsement proposals" for this game, including from the musical performers Circa Paleo, and the Yes Men. The Yes Men, say DarkCryo, are appearing in the game.

"The Yes Men elite NPCs will be sabotaging Megacorp faction PCs whom are guilty of monopolising in-game commerce," the studio said in a message posted to their Facebook page.

"In a user-generated environment, balance is everything. Every faction requires a creative boss to which we can relate, and the Yes Men were gracious enough to allow us the integration of their identities into gameplay."

Kotaku has sent email to both The Yes Men and to Circa Paleo asking to confirm their endorsements and appearances in the game.

In direct criticism of Kotaku, DarkCryo said "We prefer to let the article stand for two reasons. Firstly endorsement is a two way street, and we are more than happy to return the favour of publicity back to the Yes Men who have taken the leap of faith to endorse DarkCryo. Secondly, and more importantly, such articles redirect the undesirable demographic away from FUO to titles more befitting their personalities, and whose colourful tact is more appreciated by a like-minded gaming audience."

Kotaku has requested a comment from DarkCryo and further clarification of its arrangement with Fox Entertainment. Last last year, Fox Entertainment evidently noticed this project and put a stop to its use of the Firefly trademark. On Jan. 1, DarkCryo claimed to have resolved the matter and been clear to proceed with "the well wishes" of Fox.


    I heard too many mentions of the word "faction" and had to come here.

    Okay, to me the original description of a "Firefly-inspired" MMO might just mean cowboys in space. Which isn't a bad thing, but its vague connection to Firefly might be the reason FOX decided to back down.

    Don't expect this game to be called Firefly, or to be set in the Firefly 'verse. Rather, expect something with similar genre-mashing... at best. The game developers said Megacorp, with no mention of Blue Sun.

    FUO have now delayed their kickstarter, time to get some more facts.

    Of tall the places to base that picture on - why Violet Hold?

    Seriously confusing. It has nothing to do with space or spaceships.

      I thought it was meant to be humorous based on the claim it was a hoax.

        I guess. Still Violet Hold? Why not put them in the middle of Orgrimmar or something?

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