was a bit of a surprising success last year. What originally seemed to be just a cash-in on the music game boom turned out to be a sleeper hit, garnering a lot of critical praise and becoming the highest-grossing IP of the year. So I guess it's not surprising to hear that Activision have just announced a sequel for the game, set to ship this October.
A handful of the artists whose music is featured in DJ Hero 2
have already been confirmed, and the varied selection is as follows: Dr. Dre, The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and over 85 others. Again, the game will featured "over 70 speaker-blowing mashups from the hottest DJ's and Producers around the world," one of whom is Deadmau5, who will also be a playable character in the game.
"DJ Hero was the best music game of 2009 and with DJ Hero 2 we're delivering a new easy to pick-up, challenging-to-master experience that all players can enjoy together," said David Haddad, Chief Operating Office, Guitar Hero. "With new social game modes, the inclusion of full microphone support, all-new levels of creative freedom and an amazing soundtrack, DJ Hero 2 is the ultimate mixer of music and friends."
"We're improving upon all the gameplay elements from DJ Hero that gamers loved with the all-new freestyle gameplay and a host of new multiplayer game modes," said Jamie Jackson, Creative Director, FreeStyleGames. "But we're not stopping there either as the award-winning soundtrack is getting bigger songs from hotter artists that our talented crew of DJ's is spinning into hits that fit the gameplay flawlessly."
DJ Hero 2 will deliver the ultimate way for players to come together and party with a host of new multiplayer modes - including DJ Battles that pit DJ against DJ in mixes produced specifically for battle gameplay - and invite vocalists into the spotlight with integrated on-screen singing and rapping of lyrics and rhymes while bringing the party to life with jump-in/jump-out Party Play gameplay.Further immersing players into the music, the game offers a heightened level of creative input and allows everyone to add their own touch, directly impacting the beats they're spinning with freestyle scratching, crossfading and sampling. The game will also feature an all-new career-based Empire Mode where players start out as an up-and-coming DJ on the road to becoming the head of a major entertainment empire, all of which is founded solely on their success as a DJ.
The game will be available in three bundles: the Party Bundle, which will include the game and a Beck-approved two turntables and a microphone; the Turntable Bundle, featuring the game and one turntable; and as just a standalone copy of the game. Those of you who bought DJ Hero
will be happy to know that your turntables will work with the sequel absolutely fine, and in fact there is no word yet if DJ Hero 2
will be new at all or just the same as the previous game's.
On top of all that though, Activision have announced that one of the mixes in DJ Hero 2
will be released as free
DLC for DJ Hero
players today to celebrate this announcement. The mix features the sultry sounds of Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" mixed with the blistering beats of Deadmau5's "Ghosts 'n' Stuff." Act now though, as the DLC will only be available until June 14th. Check the external link below to download the track for yourself while you can!