There have been many tabletop games that have tried to mimic the vibe of Cowboy Bebop, but soon the authentic thing will get its chance. Mana Project Studio and Don’t Panic Games are teaming up with anime studio Sunrise to produce an official Bebop RPG.
Don’t Panic should know what they’re doing, as they have worked on anime tabletop games before — they were responsible for RPGs based on Attack On Titan and Naruto, and in fact have done a Cowboy Bebop project already (the card game “Space Serenade”). So what can we expect this time?
Uhh, no one knows just yet. The parties involved plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign October 19. Even though that happens to be less than two weeks away, Mana Project and Don’t Panic are still holding everything close to the chest. The press release they handed us was a sentence in length and amounted to the campaign launch date we just mentioned. They did describe earlier a game where players can “live through their own stories of bounty hunters in space, in a jazzy universe blending Western, Film Noir, and buddy cop movies, accompanied by one of the best anime soundtracks in history.”
Does that mean the game will have an included soundtrack, whether on CD or digital? That would be a cool touch, but nothing’s confirmed. More on the Cowboy Bebop Roleplaying Game later this month.