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Cowboy Bebop Roleplaying Game Announced

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Everything’s coming up Bebop. A live-action take on the series is set to hit Netflix later this year, a boatload of merch is being released alongside it, and soon you’ll be able to become a space bounty hunter on a junky galactic cruiser yourself…well, sort of.

Don’t Panic Games has announced they’re partnering with Sunrise, producers of the original anime, to create the core rulebook for a Cowboy Bebop tabletop RPG. Don’t Panic specializes in translating popular anime to the tabletop zone; it has previously created Naruto and Attack On Titan RPGs. A lot is unknown at this time including how the game is played, but we do have some pretty great cover art…

A third partner, Mana Project Studio, has been enlisted to design the book. They previously worked on Not The End, an RPG that won the 2020 Italian Game of the Year award. “Cowboy Bebop is part of those anime that made up our cultural background,” says Michele Paroli, founder of the studio. “As fans of the anime, we are thrilled to be able to work on this project, a unique opportunity to design on both the themes of CBB and its strong visual identity. Our goal is to share our passion for Cowboy Bebop with you with this game,”

The most curious portion of Don’t Panic’s press release is the description of their game being “accompanied by one of the best anime soundtracks in history.” We agree, but what does that mean? Will the rulebook have a pocket inside with a CD containing tunes from the show? Will there be a code included to redeem a digital playlist? Or does this just mean nothing? Note that if it doesn’t, there are plenty of existing ways to get it.

It’s not the first time the Bebop license has been used for a tabletop experience; Sunrise and Don’t Panic already partnered to produce a card game using the characters called Space Serenade. A crowdfunding campaign for the Cowboy Bebop Roleplaying Game will launch on Kickstarter sometime in 2022, with a release date likely revealed at that time.