Today the developers behind Project Rap Rabbit finally showcased a concept gameplay video of the rhythm title.
While the video is designed to showcase how the gameplay will work, it’s a prototype from a very early stage of development, and as such it’s not representative of the final product.
The lyrics and rapping in this prototype aren’t yet done by a professional rapper, but by a game developer. The music is work-in-progress, and the songs will be longer and featuring multiple turns in the final game.
The graphics and animations aren’t final as well, and the game will eventually include full 3D backgrounds and characters with “rich animations.”
Basically, what you see below comes mostly with the purpose of showing you how the gameplay flow will be during a music-based fight.
Project Rap Rabbit comes from the minds of PaRappa the Rapper creator Masaya Matsuura, Gitaroo Man creator Keiichi Yano and more. It has been pitched on Kickstarter a few weeks ago, but its crowdfunding appeal has been a bit thin for the moment with only $174,889 pledged by 2,578 backers, out of a goal of $1,107,706. There are only ten days remaining, so those who want to see this project funded don’t have much time left.
The plan, if the campaign is successful, would be to release the game by August 2018 for PS4 and PC, with a Nintendo Switch release placed at a quite far $1,500,000 stretch goal. Initially, it was set at a seemingly inattainable $4,950,000, before the team decided to change the stretch goals to make them a bit more realistic. You can read more about the initial pitch here.
At the moment, it remains to be seen whether the project will reach its goal for the original platforms.