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After yesterday's news of the Firefly MMO receiving "well wishes" from Fox Entertainment, accusations of fraud began to appear online. DarkCryo, the developer behind the game, had received endorsements from the Yes Men, a group well known for creating fake media in the interest of raising social and political awareness. Because of that relationship, a few blogs began to call out the project to be fake.
On the Facebook page for the game, DarkCryo offered this statement:
Firefly had its Blue Hands, FUO has its Yes Men.DarkCryo has received a myriad of endorsement proposals with the idea of featuring such celebrities with ingame cameos. Much as Circa Paleo will be performing throughout the fringes of the FUO Universe, the Yes Men elite NPCs will be sabotaging Megacorp faction PCs whom are guilty of monopolizing ingame commerce.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.What you are reading on a 3rd party forum is a single over-zealous Reporter that writes impulsively, unfortunately such activity inevitably places the reputation of the reporting site in grave jeopardy.That being 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.
To further clarify what exactly is happening with this project, DarkCryo also posted this statement:
After numerous telephone conversations, both the Executive and Legal Staff of 20th Century Fox have given DarkCryo Entertainment their well wishes for an inspired - not endorsed - title at this juncture.There is a huge distinction between the two regarding derivative works, and we are continuously working with the senior counsel of 20th to ensure their property remain protected.
DarkCryo also posted a screenshot from the game, which you can see above. You can head to the DarkCryo website for more information.
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Good to no its not faked, even though I didn't have doubts.
Well now that that's all cleared up, I have just one last question: What?
I really hope it's not fake.
I'm confused now...
I'm kinda...confused. oh wells,
This just makes me look forward to this more and save up some money for a kickstarter
After reading that, EULAs make a lot more sense to me.
Eh? Also, of you can't fly a firefly class ship then I don't care.
So, Firefly right. talk about a good show. Shame about that ending to Serenity. What was this article about?
Mmmmm. Well I'm sure Fox would be speaking out if they never gave them their 'well wishes'.
So convoluted that it doesn't sound like it'll actually make it to alpha testing. Plus it doesn't really sound like Fox has signed off on this, and so unless they're planning on just giving this game away chances are this means trouble. If they do indeed make it to the point where they're going to sell the game Fox will probably crush them with weight of thousands of corporate lawyers.