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Developer

What Pumpkin Games

Series

Homestuck/Hiveswap

Platforms

Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux

Released

Volume 1: April 13, 2018
Volume 2: April 27, 2018
Volume 3: May 11, 2018
Volume 4: May 25, 2018
Volume 5: June 8, 2018
Volume 6: June 22, 2018

Genre

Visual novel, (platonic) Dating sim

Designer

David Turnbull

Programmer

David Turnbull

Writer

Andrew Hussie
Aysha U. Farah
Anonymous


Hiveswap Friendship Simulator, or Hiveswap Friendsim, is a Hiveswap spinoff anthology of visual novels, written by Andrew Hussie and primarily developed by David Turnbull in Ren'Py. The games are modelled on the style of the dating sim genre, styled as "friendship simulators" as the interactions had with the characters are platonic; this format follows in the footsteps of Andrew's previous dating simulator project featuring Homestuck characters, Namco High. The game features Hiveswap trolls first introduced by the Troll Call event, with whom the player interacts with in the persona of an unknown title character (potentially the MSPA Reader, acting as a nameless player substitute) who has crash-landed on Alternia. The Steam store page for the game describes the Hiveswap Friendsim as "loosely-canonical" with respect to the wider Hiveswap canon.

The series is an anthology to be released in several volumes; its first installment is entitled "Hiveswap Friendship Simulator: Volume One". Each volume will cost $0.99, with volumes beyond Volume 1 released individually as DLC. The first installment was introduced on April 3rd, 2018 in a surprise announcement on the What Pumpkin tumblr, in the immediate aftermath of a major company shakeup coinciding with the transfer of Homestuck and some related MSPA properties over to the Homestuck.com domain under the stewardship of Viz Media (although the project was reportedly in development long before this and the announcement was not directly linked). This post explained that the Friendship Simulator series was part of an immediate strategy to produce "smaller, fun, lightweight games that can be produced more quickly" between main acts of Hiveswap, as the company went through a period of transition.

Volume 1 of Friendsim features Troll Call trolls Ardata Carmia and Diemen Xicali, while Volume 2  featured Cirava Hermod and Amisia Erdehn, Volume 3 featured Skylla Koriga and Bronya Ursama, Volume 4 featured Tagora Gorjek and Vikare Ratite, Volume 5 featured Polypa Goezee and Zebruh Codakk and Volume 6 Featured Elwurd, Kuprum Maxlol, and Folykl Darane. According to What Pumpkin, the format is a riff on the traditional dating sim; "The idea is, instead of trying to date a character, you just try to befriend them, and in the process, you get to know them better, and ridiculous things happen along the way."

Volume 1 was released on Steam on April 13, 2018. The game possesses an ESRB rating of Mature 17+, suitable for ages 17 and up, for containing "violence, blood and gore, and strong language."

On April 20th, 2018, Volume 2 was announced in a festively dank post for a release one week later on April 27th. Volume 3 followed in a surprise announcement and release on May 11th. Volume 4 released on May 25th, followed by Volume 5 on June 8th and Volume 6 on June 22nd, continuing the fortnightly release schedule.

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