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DJ Hero 2 Spinning Into This Fall
by Brad Nicholson on
Full microphone support and more mashups.
Activision dropped the first info on the follow-up this morning, formally confirming the sequel that publisher brass have been mentioning not-so-subtly in interviews and financial conference calls since the release of DJ Hero, the highest-grossing new IP of last year. (Gee, why is that? Maybe because the game was so pricey upon release?)
More than 85 artists, including a veritable odd couple of pioneers including Dr. Dre, Lady Gaga, and Metallica, will headline the once-again peripheral-based game. Deadmau5 will appear in the game as a playable character. If you'd like an sample of the music, jump on PSN or XBLM now. A mix from DJ Hero 2 featuring Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" and Deadmau5's "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" is available as free DLC for the original DJ Hero until June 14.
A collection of new multiplayer features are planned around the unique tracks in DJ Hero 2. This includes DJ battle, a head-to-head competitive scoring mode, and Party Play functionality (made popular in Guitar Hero) that will allow vocalists to spit mad rhymes alongside on-screen lyrics.
If that isn't enough--and I really can't imagine anyone that already owns a plastic turntable isn't down at this point--Activision is promising a "heightened level of creative input" via freestyle scratching and sampling.
Lastly, in a rag-to-riches kind of deal, the new "Empire" campaign mode will have you scratching your way to the top, literally, in an attempt to become the head of an "entertainment empire."
DJ Hero 2 is confirmed for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii. The game will ship by its lonesome and with a microphone plus turntable package. Activision has also confirmed a party bundle, a set with two turntables and a microphone, which will be available with the game this fall.