The usual advice involving caution and salt is required here, but taken at face value, this sounds like great news: the quirky, classic rhythm game PaRappa The Rapper might be getting a spiritual sequel.
According to a recent post over at Rice Digital, Japanese developers NanaOn-Sha and iNiS are collaborating on a new rhythm game, currently titled Project Rap Rabbit. NanaOn-Sha are, of course, the developers behind the original PaRappa The Rapper from 1996, as well as its sequels, ports and similar games like the quirky Vib-Ribbon.
iNiS, meanwhile, are best known for another great rhythm action game, 2001’s Gitaroo Man – and it looks as though Project Rap Rabbit will take cues from both PaRappa and Gitaroo; one of the pieces of evidence published in support of the rumour is the image below, which shows two trademark pieces of headgear from those much-loved games.
Take a look:
According to Rice Digital’s translation, the line of text beneath those hats reads, “Make rhythm-action great again!”
If this is all on the level, we could be in for a bit of a treat here. Might the studios be on the cusp of announcing a Kickstarter campaign, since that’s the go-to platform for spiritual sequels these days?
We’ll be sure to keep you posted as we learn more.