PaRappa the Rapper, Gitaroo Man Creators Launch Kickstarter for Project Rap Rabbit
posted on by Karen Ressler
Game developers NanaOn-Sha and iNiS launched a Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming rhythm game tentatively titled Project Rap Rabbit on Monday. The campaign is seeking to raise £855,000 (US$1,102,921) by June 19 to fund the game for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam.
The story-based rhythm game takes place in an alternate 16th century Japan, where a "toxic atmosphere of protectionism" has taken hold as citizens grow fearful of the "growing diversification" of their homelands. When a major calamity strikes, a rabbit named Toto-Maru sets out on a quest to battle overlords and restore peace with the power of rap. The game features "humorous battle rap face-offs inspired by the Epic Rap Battles Of History YouTube series."
Rap battles will have three stages of gameplay that allow the player to choose the words of their rap. The player will first listen to an opponent's attack and pick which words to respond to. Then the player will use an emotion wheel to pick the nature of their response: coerce, boast, joke, or laugh. Finally, the player must play the rap by pressing buttons in time.
Creative director Masaya Matsuura (Parappa the Rapper, Um Jammer Lammy, Vib-Ribbon) and Producer Keiichi Yano (Gitaroo Man, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan) are collaborating on the game. UK-based game distribution company PQube is publishing and distributing the game.