The creative minds of Parappa the Rapper and Gitaroo Man are joining forces to create a brand new videogame that aspires to be a worthy successor to those classics. Presented as Project Rap Rabbit, the game really grabs your attention with a gorgeous art design and a stunning soundtrack that mixes classic Japanese intruments with modern sound traits.
The game is a personal collaborative effort between PaRappa the Rapper creator Masaya Matsuura and Gitaroo Man creator Keiichi Yano, through their respective companies NanaOn-Sha and iNiS. The project has open its own teaser website and its official Twitter and Facebook accounts, but it has not revealed details about the platforms that will receive it or any information about the gameplay, aside from the fact that it is a rhythm action game.
And considering the brilliant background of both head developers, it couldn’t be another way. PaRappa the Rapper is a classic title from the original PlayStation recently remastered for PS4, and it is considered one of the first and most influential modern rhythmic games. Gitaroo Man on its behalf, is a classic PS2 title that has earned a cult following with time.
With those precedents, it was almost guaranteed that Project Rap Rabbit would also present a very unique art direction, which has been confirmed by the teaser video. The visuals showcase a very interesting merge of Feudal Japan and modern elements, and the art style portrays the animal protagonists in classic handrawn designs, making them look benevolent yet feel charismatic. The soundtrack also presents the same dissonance of styles, merging traditional Japanese instruments with modern R&B beats, resulting in a shocking and unique composition.
It’s hard to tell when we will Project Rap Rabbit be available to purchase, since neither studio has given much more information, but we certainly can’t wait to get more information. Rest assured that we’ll share any new information that we get. For now, get a sneak peak of the soundtrack and art style on the game’s official website.