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Scratch Producers Discuss DJ Hero, The New Developer And Michael Jackson

For a while, there was doubt Scratch: The Ultimate DJ would be released. Activision purchased the original developer, 7 Studios, in a calculated move to remove competition for DJ Hero, an event that's forced Numark, one of the companies producing the game, to find a new company to finish the game and face a big issue: delaying Scratch past the release of DJ Hero. I recently chatted over e-mail with Numark gaming product manager Fred Galpern about what this means for the game's future.

Scratch is not about to undergo a complete makeover. The game and peripheral will remain the same in the hands of its new developer, Commotion Interactive. Galpern told me the game's fundamentals are not in flux, everyone's focused on finishing the game.

"Commotion will be using the existing game as a foundation and building upon it to make Scratch a truly compelling game," said Galpern. "As with any creative team taking on a project, the Commotion guys are excited to share their vision of Scratch with the world."

"We carefully researched our development team choice," he continued. "What stood out with Commotion is that they are all creative in ways that go beyond your typical game development team. The team includes programmers who are awesome DJs, artists who have mad freestyle rap skills and concept artists that are also well known graffiti artists. The studio is made up of a perfect blend of young and experienced game development talent, including guys who have worked at Rockstar, EA and Ubisoft."

Galpern is blunt about why Scratch won't be released in 2009. That was the plan all along. In the original timetable, Scratch could have been released ahead of DJ Hero.

"Activision bought our developer and did not return our assets," he said. It really is that simple. [...] Our launch date was much earlier, but because of moves by Activision we have been delayed. Scratch will have its own set of fans."

I did have to ask one question out of principle, though. Left and right, music games are looking for ways to incorporate Michael Jackson following his untimely passing. Scratch is no different, though Scratch might have a leg up on the competition.

"In the coming months we will be releasing information on our music choices Working closely with Quincy Jones III (son of MJ’s chart topping producer Quincy Jones, and a respected producer of his own) MJ’s music is certainly a consideration."

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