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WHAT? There was a kickstarter??
Yes. Go ahead and read it, there's a lot of info there!
Whoa! Can I pledge to it?
But... I want the game!
Good news! You will be able to buy it after it is released.
Will I be able to get a physical copy (CD or USB)?
We don't know yet. It seems likely that a limited number of physical copies will be made available, but that is not guaranteed.
Can I get the rest of the Kickstarter reward items?
Some of them are for sale from Topatoco or What Pumpkin. The others may be available for sale in the future, but we do not know yet and it is extremely likely that they will remain Kickstarter exclusive. (there were also a small number of scalemates, etc made available at conventions in the 2012/2013 season, but it was very limited.)
What kind of game will it be?
An adventure game.
What's an adventure game?
Here is the wikipedia page for "adventure game".
Adventure games are story-based games driven by exploration and puzzle-solving. Some common examples are "point and click" adventures, "text adventures", and "visual novels".
But "adventure game" doesn't necessarily mean it will be a point and click!!!
Okay, so it's an adventure game. Can you give me some examples?
Pick Up The Phone Booth And Die (text adventure)
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Text Adventure
Hamlet: The Text Adventure
Mystery of Time and Space
Some others you may have heard of or even played:
Sam & Max
The Walking Dead
The Secret of Monkey Island
Pajama Sam / Putt-Putt / Freddie the Fish
So.... like Zelda?
No. Not like Zelda. The Zelda games are considered action-adventure, which sounds similar on the surface but is a very different kind of game. An adventure game is NOT simply a game where you go on an adventure.
Will it be more like (...)
It will not be an RPG, an RTS, a first-person shooter, a fighting game, a Tetris or Pong clone, a dating sim, a racing game, a flight simulator, or a board game. It will be an adventure game. Andrew Hussie, being the kind of creator he is, will probably push the limits of the genre and may include aspects of other game styles, but it will primarily be an adventure game.
Will it be SBURB?
Almost certainly not.
Will it be multiplayer?
It's unlikely, but we don't know yet. Most adventure games are designed to be exclusively singleplayer.
Who's making it?
That information hasn't been released yet. There will be a blog (exclusive to Kickstarter backers) that will post information about the development process of the game once it gets more underway.
Where's the backer blog?
It doesn't exist yet.
When is it coming out?
A release date has not been announced yet.
But how far are they in the development process? Have they done ANYTHING with our money??
From Andrew's recent newspost (on the main MSPA site):
Who's making the music?It's coming along. I'll probably have a more substantive update on that before the end of the year. There hasn't been much to report yet since it's mostly been in a high level planning and writing phase. And firming up tons of legal minutiae. Stuff like that.
That information has not been released yet. It is unknown if the current MSPA music team will be involved or if the game studio will have their own musicians involved. The music will probably only happen in the very late stages of development.
Wait, what kind of legal things?
From reddit contributor mhink:
Why is Andrew making Namco High and not the Homestuck game???The basic idea is that every detail of what both parties (meaning Hussie and the studio working on the game) can expect from each other is being hashed out.
This means things like how the Homestuck game will be fit into the studio's pipeline. This means financial agreements between Hussie, the studio, and whoever is helping fund the game- while the Kickstarter raised hella cash, I'm willing to bet that What Pumpkin is investing a comparable amount of money and that Hussie himself is also paying a considerable amount, either out of pocket or as a loan. It's also possible that they've obtained venture capital of some kind. All parties involved need to arrive at a legal agreement of how they'll be remunerated for their contribution to the game. (Part of this agreement is already in place! Fans who backed the Kickstarter agreed that they are straight-up giving money to fund the game, and do not expect any sort of compensation except a promise that they'll get swag and a copy of the game.)
This doesn't even scratch the surface of what the studio needs to do. This is roughly what I'm thinking:
Reach an agreement on the business details (in which the studio commits to a budget, schedule, and price).
Determine management details (create a rough schedule for development, decide on teams, decide how the overall effort will be organized).
Begin design of the game (draft a story structure, create concept art, come up with gameplay mechanics, worldbuilding )
Begin initial development (set up the engine, get software management structure in place, administrative software tasks, get the actual code off the ground)
Iterative development between design and development teams- teams bounce ideas and prototypes back and forth, shaping the game like clay on a potter's wheel.
That's really as far as I can speculate, but it might shed a little light.
Namco High is a side project of his. It won't interfere with the development of the game or the end of Homestuck in any way. It is unrelated to Homestuck and the kickstarter.
My question isn't answered here!
Please read all the questions again, keeping in mind that we know very little at this point about the game or what it will be like, so there may not be an answer yet.
No, seriously, I have a question.
Send a private message to one of the moderators or admins. (I, Blueberry, made this FAQ and am therefore volunteering to field such questions. Soft owl has more information about the game than most people due to being an employee of What Pumpkin, but she is not allowed to share it so bugging her about what she knows will just make her angry and then she will peck out your eyes with her mighty owl beak.)
edit: thank you to soft owl, SkaianRedeemer, PetPeeve, tastySalamanders, Blaperile, InnerRayg, and the other contributors to the discussion in the previous threads!