Q:is it possible for us to see some of the animations or arts in the works? maybe some notes about it's design that you have yet to reveal? or is that all top secret just in case the project is picked up again?
No, it’s not a secret. Unfortunately we don’t have anything but an idea yet. We think it’s a solid, fun idea, but we haven’t put anything to paper yet.
Now that work on Homestrife is wrapping up, we’ll be putting our effort into the new project. We should hopefully have something to show soon. Likely before the end of the year.
Q:I think you guys made the right decision, tbh. You're very talented and can definitely make a good game without being shackled to the Homestuck brand. I look forward to seeing your own concepts come to light.
Thank you very much. It’s nice to hear we have support, even without Homestuck.
But yea, as much as we’d like to continue, sadly it’s just not viable to sustain long term.
We’ve already got a solid idea for our next project, so hopefully we’ll be able to show it off soon.
pixelbeatsfunnyplace said: So, does indefinite mean that there’s a chance that the project isn’t dead?
It doesn’t mean we’re scrapping the project, just that we’re putting it on the shelf until we feel it’s viable to continue work on it again. In our case that means until we can work on it full time, rather than just a part time hobby.
We do really hope to get back to it someday.
Greetings everyone. I’ll get right to the point here: we have decided to put the Homestrife project on indefinite hold.
When we started this project, we were aware it would largely be a hobby with no material gain. At least, at first. We always had the dream that, once we had a really solid prototype, we might be able to approach What Pumpkin and strike up some kind of deal, such as approval to begin our own crowd funding campaign. This might seem rather pie-in-the-sky, but there it is.
Well, we recently did approach WP. As you might imagine, they kindly declined the arrangement. So, we had to move on as normal. At first, we figured we’d just keep working on the project, since it had basically been a hobby up to that point anyway. However, it gradually became apparent that continued development would be considerably unviable for our current team and time restraints. Without the money required to at LEAST be able to work on the game full time with our current team, finishing Homestrife would simply take an unacceptably long time.
After realizing this, we had to ask ourselves a serious question: what is more worth our time? Continuing slow work on Homestrife with no immediate chance of going full-time on it? Or moving on to a new game with a new IP of our own that we would have full control over? Certainly the latter would be a tougher sell since we wouldn’t be working with an established popular IP, but we’d at least have the option to move to crowd funding whenever we wished. Furthermore, while working on Homestrife we have gained a lot of confidence in our own abilities, and as such we feel like we stand at least a decent chance of making a new game with a new IP that people would find fun and interesting on its own merits.
So, we’re moving on to a new game development project. What this means for Homestrife is that we will essentially be sitting on it indefinitely. Should some kind of funding for it become available in the future, we would consider getting back to work on it. For now though, we are going to release one last update with all of our applicable current work included. However, we’d also like to throw in the added bonus of releasing our in-house editing tools. This would allow others to create characters and stages, if they so desire. However, they are as limited as the engine itself, and won’t allow anyone to make new features. Finally, we’d also like to release a Linux build, if possible.
This might seem like a big final message, but we’re not dropping off the face of the Earth or anything. We’ll still watch the dev threads and respond, and our social media sites aren’t going anywhere. So feel free to ask any questions.
A couple last-second thoughts: first, do not ask if you can pick up the development of this project. If you’re passionate about making a game, I suggest you start your own project from scratch. We’re willing to give advice though. Such as “just use an already complete game engine.” There’s a freebie. Second, this might be a bit presumptuous of us to say, but please do not harass What Pumpkin about this. That would likely generate ill will and actually decrease the chance of a future arrangement.
Thanks should go out to everyone. Thanks to those in the development threads who gave their input. Thanks to those of you who followed this project and hoped for the best of it. Thanks to What Pumpkin for being so supportive of fan works. (your decision was understandable and there are no hard feelings) Thanks to the voice actors who still stuck with us after we blunderingly had auditions so early in development, and thanks even to those who didn’t. And, of course, thanks to the team. It’s been a fun and educational ride.
Some fun while I’m still in an arting mood; a couple of my OC’s, Guy and Emmy.
Can see them in action right here in my 2011 graduate piece. My art and animation has grown since then, but since I’m a notoriously lazy bastard, not as much as it could have.
Q:If someone was to send you an actual picture of someone (like not a selfie or anything but a full frontal) would you be able to make a watercolor from that? If so I would die of happiness.
Yea, that would be fine. Though it’s not something I’ve ever really done before, it is in the list of stuff I will do.
Also, by “full frontal” I really hope you mean a clothed “full body” photo; ‘cause the former, to me at least, kinda implies nudity.
What would you be expecting in the character design/style, by the way? To be drawn “Hero Mode/Homestuck” style like the “watercolors” I’ve done, or something else?
is homestrife still a thing or
Yes. Homestrife is most definitely still a thing. I can assure you of that.
And finally, Dirk.
This is the final Homestuck “watercolor” for now, since I only said I was doing ~one a day in August.
Thinking about another series of these next month, but not as strict. Maybe all the characters from SSB4? I dunno.
If you want one of these for yourself, Homestuck or otherwise, check out my commission details here. First 5 water colors are half off.