As the release of the game comes closer, details and rumors are beginning to dribble out about what we can expect from Activision's music game DJ Hero. Here's some unofficial rumors for you:
- Reportedly, famous DJs Z-Trip and DJ Shadow will appear as avatars in the game.
- Supposedly, both Z-Trip and Shadow took part in developing and testing the game’s controller, as well as programming and licensing the music.
- Some evidence: DJ Shadow recently played a show at the South By Southwest festival behind a DJ Hero banner. He told fans in an email: "There are some things brewing that I'm not at liberty to reveal yet, but that are exciting and very different for me."
- DJ AM is supposedly interested in appearing in the game.
- Tiesto was originally leaked as part of DJ Hero several months ago, but is reportedly not involved now.
- Daft Punk is rumored to have some part in the game.
- Mixmaster Mike will apparently not be part of the game, as his loyalties are to competing DJ game, Scratch. Here's what Mike had to say about the difference between the two games: "What I’ve heard is that it’s not going to be as authentic as Scratch...I know it’s more based on just mixing; it’s going to be two completely different things. This is more based on scratching and beat-making, and the other one is just like beat-matching. But don’t hold me to that, I just heard from the grapevine.”
There are a couple things that we can tell you for sure about the game: One, the website is live (although devoid of content), and the Twitter stream is up (although devoid of tweets.) According to the game's website, DJ Hero is coming to the Wii, Xbox 360 and "PlayStation."
I'm looking forward to this title -- expanding the music game genre outside of guitar-rock is a great thing -- but I wonder if there are enough fans of "DJ Music" and enough interest in DJing to support a full music game? What artists, types of music would you like to see represented here? Personally, I think the full album of Paul's Boutique would be plenty of fun in a DJ game!
And if you have a sec, check out our early impressions of competing DJ game, Scratch.