Parappa, Gitaroo Man Creators Kickstart Project Rap Rabbit

Monday, May 15th, 2017

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Music game legends Masaya Matsuura and Keiichi Yano, have launched a KickStarter campaign for a new rhythm action epic entitled Project Rap Rabbit. Described as a symphony of “Japanese and Western styles”, Rap Rabbit draws from traditional Japanese folklore and modern hip-hop and rap music, more specifically the Epic Rap Battles Of History YouTube series.

To ensure that all gamers with all kinds of setups can enjoy Project Rap Rabbit to its fullest, there will be a calibration mode

Both leading developers on Project Rap Rabbit come from rhythm-laden backgrounds. Mr. Matsuura is the creator of Parappa the Rapper and Vib-Ribbon, while Mr. Yano is the lead behind Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan (aka Elite Beat Agents) and Gitaroo Man. Other talents on the project include Atsushi Saito (lead artist) and Yuji Technouchi (sound designer). Development duties will be shared by the lead’s respective studios NanaOn-Sha and iNiS J.

As of this writing, the stretch goal to bring Project Rap Rabbit to PlayStation 4 and PC has been reached, with the KickStarter sitting at over $92,000. Other platforms, like the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, have a long ways to go toward their stretch goals. The Switch port in particular will require nearly $5,000,000 to craft into reality.

The backing process began on May 15th and has 34 days to go. All the particulars of Project Rap Rabbit, including its design and all the backer rewards, can be found on the game’s KickStarter listing.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise has to be Pokemon, full-stop. But his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4, He's been an attendee to the first-ever IGN House Party and a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.




  • Mr0303

    Ugh, Kickstarter… They already have a publisher and the game is promoted on PlayStation’s official channel. At this point devs are taking major advantage of crowdfunding.

    That being said the game looks interesting and I may get it whenever it releases.