Act 1 - September 14th 2017
Hiveswap is a video game set in the Homestuck universe. The story involves a human girl, Joey Claire, switching places with a troll on Alternia after she finds and accidentally activates a mysterious device in her attic. To return home, she must work with a group of troll rebels to prevent the activation of a doomsday weapon that threatens both of their worlds.
Hiveswap was released for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux as a four-part episodic game. The game is the first project from What Pumpkin Studios' game development division in New York, which took over development following the departure of original developer The Odd Gentlemen. The first act of the game was released on September 14, 2017.
As mentioned in an interview with the head writer, Cohen Edenfield, then in the official Hiveswap Act 1 highlights, the game is to be followed by a sequel titled Hauntswitch, featuring Dammek, the troll who switched planets with Joey. The games are announced to be "playable in either order", with saves continuing "from chapter to chapter, then from game to game".
The project was announced by Andrew Hussie on September 4, 2012, and a Kickstarter campaign was launched to raise $700,000 to fund its production. The funding goal was met after just 32 hours; when the Kickstarter concluded on October 4th at 2:26pm EDT (18:26 UTC), the final total was $2,485,506 from 24,346 backers. Hours later, What Pumpkin launched a PayPal option for pledging that ran for two weeks and closed on October 18th. With the additional funds from the Paypal campaign, the total funds raised surpassed $2,500,000, however an exact figure was not given. However, it likely isn't that much higher, seeing as Hussie still used the value "2.5 million bucks" to refer to the entire funds.
Game development was initially scheduled to begin following the conclusion of Homestuck, then projected to end sometime in 2013. However, as the initial pre-development work began, Hussie learned that the game's release would have to be delayed significantly unless he began to write and plan it as soon as possible. As a result, Hussie put Homestuck on hiatus after finishing Act 6 Intermission 5 so he could devote his full attention to working on the game. The hiatus lasted about two months, beginning on April 14, 2013, and ending on June 12.
Andrew Hussie has mentioned that the adventure game was one of the projects he would be working on during the gigapause which started following the October 16th, 2013 update, and in the January 24th, 2014 news post, he mentioned that, during the first 3 months of the gigapause, he had been focused on writing for the comic and adventure game.
The Odd Gentlemen issued a press release on their Tumblr on June 21st, 2014, revealing two pieces of concept art and one character model.
However on the 30th of October the same year, Hussie released What Pumpkin Studios, with the aforementioned Odd Gentlemen press release having since been removed. 14 pieces of concept art were revealed as well as three gifs of a new character in the game. In this update Hussie also revealed the plans for another game and to release the games episodically.stating that the game would 'continue production in-house' under
On December 25, 2015, Hussie posted an update on Kickstarter, showing lots of new art and explaining that the art style had changed from 3D to 2D, to make the production faster and less expensive.
On October 6, 2016, a new trailer was released, confirming a January 2017 release date for Act 1.
Although it was planned for release in January, it was delayed. On April 13, 2017, another trailer was released along with a statement claiming that the next release date announcement for Hiveswap: Act 1 will be final.
On August 29, 2017, a launch trailer was released, announcing the final release date: September 14, 2017.
On September 14, 2017, Act 1 of Hiveswap was released.
Hiveswap will be released as four distinct episodes, or acts. At present, only the first act has been released.
Act 1: Kansas City Shuffle
- Main article: Hiveswap: Act 1
Act 1 introduces Joey Claire and Jude Harley, the children of Jake Harley and A. Claire, in 1994. When their home, Half-Harley Manor, is assailed by mysterious monsters, Joey is driven into the attic, where she accidentally activates a portal and is transported to Alternia, switching places with an alien troll, Dammek. While there she meets Xefros Tritoh, and the pair find themselves in a dangerous situation.
- The game exists for the sole purpose of keeping wiki editors busy.
- The concept art for the circus area resembles the art style of some of Andrew Hussie's earlier work, such as And It Don't Stop and Whistles.
- From the samples provided in promotional materials such as The Grubbles music video almost a full new Alternian alphabet has been revealed. This change was probably made to avoid copyright claims from Bethesda, as the one shown in the comic is just a flipped version of the Daedric Alphabet.
- Other real-life references were changed in the final product as well.
- Hiveswap website
- Hiveswap Kickstarter project updates
|Hiveswap and Hauntswitchv · d · e|
|Playable Kids||Joey Claire · Jude Harley|
|Playable Trolls||Xefros Tritoh · Dammek|
|Other Humans||Joey and Jude's Babysitter · Pa Harley · A. Claire · Mysterious Cult|
|Other Trolls||Troll with ticket-end shaped horns · Xultan Matzos · Rustblood with a shovel · Fiamet · Gatherer · Beekeeper · Rebel Marshall · Pirate Thief · Mierfa Durgas · Nektan Whelan · Cridea Jeevik · Trizza Tethis|
|Other||Tesseract · The Lone Gunbirds · Green shadow monsters · Imperial Drone · Zoosmell · Cornibuster · Doc Scratch|
|Concepts||Troll · Cherub Portal · Prongle · Scythian · Achievements|
|Locations (Earth)||Hauntswitch · Half-Harley Manor|
|Locations (Alternia)||Outglut · Dammek's hive · Xefros' hive|
|Acts||Hiveswap: Act 1|