When we set out to name our little game company, we could have easily leaned into the science fiction angle – after all, Spaceships & Starwyrms is our flagship product. But we knew that we would be working on more than just S&S, and we wanted a name to encapsulate our company values and the products we intend to publish.
After a lot of duds and googling to make sure our web domain wasn’t taken, we settled on HopePunk Press.
Hopepunk is a genre that focuses on optimism and perseverance in the face of a bleak outlook. At its inception, it was touted as ‘the opposite of grimdark’.
In difficult times, when the world crumbles around, you still fight for the chance at a better world. We fully embrace that philosophy in our lives and our works.
The stories we enjoy, and those we enjoy telling, are not free of darkness, struggle, and tragedy, but they promise the possibility of a happy ending. They reward radical kindness, they weaponize optimism, they create a chance for you to make a difference, even in the smallest of ways. It is this sense of positive, sometimes painful, often seemingly impossible, perseverance that we hope to bring to our products and writing.
We have a lot of stories to share. We know you do, too. Let’s find the light in the darkness together.