What is Hiveswap?
What is Homestuck?
Do I have to read Homestuck to enjoy Hiveswap?
Is Hiveswap multiplayer? Can I create my own character and play with my friends? Is it like SBURB in the comic?
How did Hiveswap come to be?
Who are you people?
Hiveswap is episodic? How does that work?
I backed the Kickstarter! Do I get all of the episodes, just one of them, or what?
I didn't back the Kickstarter! How can I get the game?
What platforms will Hiveswap be on?
When is the first episode coming out?
Will Hiveswap have [insert my favorite Homestuck character here] in it?

  • What is Hiveswap?
Hiveswap is an episodic 3D point-and-click adventure game based on the hit webcomic Homestuck. It stars a young human girl named Joey who gets sucked through a portal to the alien planet of Alternia, joins a band of scrappy troll rebels, and embarks on an epic journey to save the world and find a way home, discovering the true meaning of friendship along the way.

Hiveswap will be released as a multi-episode series, with a final release schedule to be determined.
  • What is Homestuck?
Homestuck is a webcomic created by Andrew Hussie about a group of Internet friends who get sucked into a beta version of a video game and end up saving (or is it destroying?) the universe. It's a wide-ranging multimedia narrative told across multiple universes and timelines, through a blend of static illustrations, conversation logs, animated GIFs, Flash animation, music, dynamic webpages, and embedded interactive elements and minigames. It has been described as the "the Ulysses of the Internet."

You can read it here.  Fair warning, though: it’s currently more than 7,500 pages long, so if this is your first time checking it out, you might want to clear your schedule.
  • Do I have to read Homestuck to enjoy Hiveswap?
Nope, not at all! Hiveswap is a self-contained story, and features its own unique setting and characters. Readers of the comic may spot a few in-jokes and references here and there, of course, but it's designed to be completely accessible and fun for everyone. If you like a good adventure game, we think you'll like this too.
  • Is Hiveswap multiplayer? Can I create my own character and play with my friends? Is it like SBURB in the comic?
As cool as that would be, it would be sort of irresponsible for us to build a game that you could use to trigger the apocalypse... Seriously, though, Hiveswap isn't really like SBURB. It's a single-player, story-driven adventure game, where you play as Joey Claire and her friends.
  • How did Hiveswap come to be?
Homestuck itself has always been written as a kind of mock adventure game, one the reader "plays" by navigating from panel to panel to GIF to Flash animation – but beyond that, it’s always been a comic about games, and about interactivity in general.  It’s the story of a bunch of kids who live inside a video game, after all!  The world lends itself really well to being made into an actual point-and-click adventure, so we started a crowdfunding campaign to do just that.

Hiveswap's development was funded with the proceeds from that campaign: a $2.4M Kickstarter completed in October 2012.
  • Who are you people?
Hiveswap is being developed by What Pumpkin Studios NYC, a division of What Pumpkin founded to make games based on Homestuck. You can learn more about us at http://whatpumpkinstudios.com.
  • Hiveswap is episodic? How does that work?
Hiveswap is one continuous story told across multiple individual episodes, in the vein of recent episodic game series like The Wolf Among Us or Life Is Strange. Think of it as a miniseries: each episode is a chunk of a larger story that unfolds over time.
  • I backed the Kickstarter! Do I get all of the episodes, just one of them, or what?
If you backed the Kickstarter at $15 or above, you'll get all the episodes. We'll send you a backer message with download instructions when each new episode is released.

If you pledged for a physical copy of the game, we'll ship it to you after all of the episodes have been completed and released.
  • I didn't back the Kickstarter! How can I get the game?
You will be able to purchase Hiveswap for download from various online retailers. We'll announce where you can get the game closer to release. If you want to be notified when we have news, sign up for our newsletter!
  • What platforms will Hiveswap be on?
Hiveswap will be available for PC, Mac, and Linux.
  • When is the first episode coming out?
The release date will be announced soon.

In the meantime, here are some fun things you can do to pass the time and get hyped:
• Sign up for our newsletter for release news and announcements
• Follow production updates and studio hijinx on our dev blog
• Follow us on Twitter: @hiveswapgame
• Like us on Facebook
• (Re)read Homestuck
  • Will Hiveswap have [insert my favorite Homestuck character here] in it?
While it does have some links to Homestuck canon, Hiveswap takes place before the events of the comic, in an all-new setting, with a lot of new characters to meet – more than 100 in all!

That's not to say that a few old favorites can't make an appearance...