The following is a press release by PQube.
PaRappa The Rapper and Gitaroo Man creators reveal new rhythm-action collaboration
PQube (London, UK) May 15, 2017 – NanaOn-Sha and iNiS J are pleased to reveal a brand-new rhythm-action Kickstarter Project from the creators of the legendary music games PaRappa The Rapper and Gitaroo Man.
Masaya Matsuura of Nana-On Sha and Keiichi Yano of iNiS J are widely regarded as the founding fathers of the genre, and two of the finest rhythm-action developers working today. Responsible for creating some of the most influential, best-loved music games, they have delighted gamers worldwide, not just with their best-known iconic titles, but also critically acclaimed masterpieces such as Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, UmJammer Lammy and Vib-Ribbon.
Now, both Matsuura-san and Yano-san have teamed up to create a new generation of rhythm-action.
Project Rap Rabbit will see the rebirth of narrative-driven rhythm-action. Set in an alternative version of 16th Century Japan, the world is growing more hostile as the populace becomes increasingly concerned by the growing diversification of their lands.
It is amongst this backdrop of growing isolationism and protectionism that a young rabbit farmer, Toto-Maru, steps up to unify his home. Using the power of Rap to draw strength from music, he finds he’s able to influence the world’s ruling powers through rhythm and rhyme.
Only by facing off against the world’s rulers in epic rap battles is he able to counter corruption and bring peace to this divided land.
Combining their vast experience in the genre, Matsuura-san and Yano-san are looking to push the boundaries of the genre in a new direction. While modern rhythm-action frequently asks players to strive for linear perfection, Project Rap Rabbit will allow gamers to alter the flow of their rap battle in real time, changing the lyrics and emotional direction on the fly, as they look to best their opponents in dynamic one-on-one encounters.
Crucially, Matsuura-san and Yano-san will continue to embrace the elements that have made their games so beloved by fans: narrative, freedom of expression and soul. They hope that gamers across the world can help make their latest vision a reality, and thank them for their continued support.
Find out more as Yano-san speaks more in-depth about the project on the PlayStation Blog.
Founded by Matsuura-san in Tokyo in 1993, NanaOn-Sha is an expert in music-centric titles such as PaRappa The Rapper, UmJammer Lammy and Vib-Ribbon. The famed Japanese developer has also explored other genres, including horror-adventure gaming courtesy of Xbox 360’s Kinect-exclusive Haunt.
About iNiS J
Co-founded by Keiichi Yano in 1997, the Tokyo-based iNiS J (iNiS stands for infinite Noise of the inner Soul) has developed multiple music-based titles across all major gaming platforms. Just a few of the highlights include Gitaroo Man, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, Elite Beat Agents, Lips and The Black Eyed Peas Experience. http://www.inisj.co.jp
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