Multiverse has announced plans to release an MMO based on tip-top TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The announcement was made by movie producer Jon Landau at the VirtualWorlds conference. "The resources are in place to develop a great MMOG," he said.
Apparently the game will launch from 'Multiverse Places', a new social networking environment. In a statement, Multiverse said the Buffy MMO will be playable "either as a fully immersive 3D environment or as a Flash-based 2D game, where both types of players can interact". Which isn't confusing at all.
"As a brilliant storyteller and world-maker, Joss Whedon crafts stories that expand perfectly into the new medium of virtual worlds," said Multiverse's Corey Bridges.
"Not to give away too much, but when the Buffy team finished the television series, they created the perfect launching point for an MMOG where everyone will feel like they're an important character in the ongoing story."
A paragraph slipped in towards the end of the statement quietly reveals that another MMO based on a Joss Whedon creation might not be happening after all. "Fox's plans for the development of the previously announced Firefly MMOG have been delayed," apparently.
At least there's the Buffy MMO to look forward to. There's no word on a release date yet, but Multiverse did say the game will go into beta testing "later this year".