Yesterday, the creators of Gitaroo Man and PaRappa the Rapper joined forces to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund a spiritual successor of sorts to their most popular games. The game, currently known as Project Rap Rabbit, earned criticism not only for its hefty $1,100,000 funding goal, but also for its stretch goals, which asked fans to raise a whopping $4,950,000 just to add Nintendo Switch support. Luckily, it seems as though that's being reconsidered.
Project Rap Rabbit's Kickstarter page has since been updated to reflect the nearly $110,000 in funding its secured so far, as well as to remove its stretch goals. The creators have acknowledged that it needs to restructure its stretch goals, and have promised that a Nintendo Switch version of the game will be given priority over other features.
If Project Rap Rabbit is able to meet its initial funding goal, the only platforms it's promised for are PC and PS4. An Xbox One version is possible at $3,100,000 in funding, which is still pretty high, but also significantly less than what the developers were asking for to fund the Nintendo Switch version, $4,950,000.
The development team has not explained why a Nintendo Switch version would require so much more in funding, but one theory is that it simply costs more to develop games for the Switch than other platforms. As some may recall, the Zelda-like game Rime was going to cost $10 more on the Switch than other systems, and while no specific reason for that was given, many have speculated that the price increase was due to the added development costs of working with Nintendo's new platform.
It's unclear if it actually costs that much more to develop specifically for the Switch, or if the simple act of adding yet another supported platform is causing these weird pricing issues. In any case, the Project Rap Rabbit Kickstarter has heard fan complaints, and should be presenting updated stretch goals sooner rather than later.
Project Rap Rabbit is seeking funding for PC and PS4, with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions possible as well.