Last week the creative minds behind PaRappa the Rapper and Gitaroo Man revealed a mysterious new collaboration — and today they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the game to life. Tentatively titled Project Rap Rabbit, the rhythm game is coming to both PlayStation 4 and PC, and will be a joint effort between Masaya Matsuura’s NanaOn-Sha studio and Keiichi Yano’s iNiS. The creators are looking to raise £855,000 (around $1.1 million) to fund development.
The story-driven music game stars a young rabbit named Toto-Maru, as he travels through a world that combines historical Japan with sci-fi elements, using the power of rap to bring peace. Yano describes it as “a brand-new type of rhythm-action game that fuses elements from our past titles with mechanics fresh to music gaming.”
Based on early screenshots, the game looks similar to PaRappa, with players hitting buttons in time to the music. The big difference is that you’ll have more choice over what lyrics you rap, and this, in turn, will influence how the story plays out. “Different paths through each battle will unlock bespoke bonuses and outcomes,” explains Yano. “It’s a system that draws inspiration from the dialogue wheels of Mass Effect and Fallout 4, as well as the classic call-and-response gameplay established two decades ago in PaRappa The Rapper.”
Project Rap Rabbit looks to be fairly early in development, with a planned release for summer 2018. It’s also potentially the start of something much bigger. “We hope to make it the first installment of our return to story-driven music adventures,” says Yano.