The Kickstarter campaign for Project Rap Rabbit ended last night, and it missed its goal by more than $873,000 USD. As a result, development on the project has halted.
From the creators of PaRappa The Rapper and Gitaroo Man, Project Rap Rabbit was a story-led, rhythm-action adventure for PlayStation 4 and PC. It was supposed to release next year, but in a new Kickstarter update from the developers, they announced that work can no longer continue at this time:
Your excitement for Project Rap Rabbit has been wonderful to behold, but today we must sadly accept that our crowd-funding journey must end here. We knew that sourcing funds for a high-quality rhythm-action game would be tough, and though we knew that Project Rap Rabbit would be an incredible game, unfortunately we weren’t able to do enough to prove that to the wider world.
We sadly are not in the position to be able to fund further production for a future crowd-funding relaunch involving a title deeper in development, and wouldn’t want to scale back our vision. As a result, work on Project Rap Rabbit cannot continue at this time.
This doesn’t mean the project is dead though, as the team revealed that they had a “very, very busy E3 filled with meetings about our vision for the future of rhythm-action.” They added that it’s “far too early to say” what happens next, “but thanks in part to your overwhelming support we know that our vision for Project Rap Rabbit hasn’t gone unnoticed.”
Do you think a publisher should step in and fund the development of Project Rap Rabbit?