Homestuck game now in development following $2.4M Kickstarter

The popular MS Paint Adventure known as Homestuck is a step closer to becoming a reality. After raising $2.4 million on Kickstarter, the game now has a developer, with The Odd Gentlemen opting to head the project.

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Andrew Hussie's Homestuck web comic has been among the most recognized strips from MS Paint Adventures, first making its debut in 2009. After recently celebrating its 5th anniversary, Homestuck is now about to become a full-fledged video game, following a highly-successful Kickstarter campaign, with developer The Odd Gentlemen (The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom) taking the reigns.

"We've been keeping a lot of cards close to our chest, but one we can now finally reveal is that we are making the Homestuck game with Andrew Hussie!" reads the announcement on the Odd Gentlemen Tumblr. "We are having an incredible time working on this title with Hussie and his team. We’re not ready to talk about the details but we can say this game is going to encompass everything we all love about the Homestuck universe with everything we all love about adventure games, and we couldn't be more excited to make that combination a reality."

The Homestuck Kickstarter raised over $2.4 million, easily eclipsing its targeted $700,000 goal. The comic strip revolves around 13-year-old John Egbert grabbing a beta copy of a game called "Sburb," before an apocalypse is suddenly triggered. With John now on the Sburb planet, he travels with his friends to complete the game and see it through to the end, contending with the villainous Jack Noir along the way. Originally illustrated with MS Paint, the comic has since transitioned to Flash animation. The full site can be found here.

Homestuck represents the latest quirky project from The Odd Gentlemen, with the studio also currently working on Neil Gaiman's debut game, Wayward Manor.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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    June 21, 2014 8:15 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Homestuck game now in development following $2.4M Kickstarter.

    The popular MS Paint Adventure known as Homestuck is a step closer to becoming a reality. After raising $2.4 million on Kickstarter, the game now has a developer, with The Odd Gentlemen opting to head the project.

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      June 21, 2014 9:18 PM

      Homestuck was never drawn with MS Paint actually. Hussie only used MS Paint for a one or 2 of the earlier "adventures" on the site, Jailbreak and/or Bard's Quest. But he eventually abandoned that and just went with emulating the "style" of shitty MS Paint-esque drawings until the end of Problem Sleuth.

      Also he mainly uses Flash only for the animated sequences. At first he was going to do EVERYTHING in Flash, but that only lasted for like 5 updates where his inexperience with it was making it too much of a hassle. He then redrew and "rebooted" the comic starting it all over again 3 days after it intially started. I forget the name of the program he usually uses. But I know it is mentioned in the books collecting the series.