Two of the most popular hip hop artists contribute their talents to DJ Hero's track list.
Activision has announced an innovative collaboration with hip hop artists Jay-Z and Eminem that includes tracks from both performers and a special edition of the game.
The collaboration will create a special edition that includes an expanded version of the game's turntable controller, a traveling case that turns into a table, and a special edition CD featuring the best hits from each performer.
DJ Hero will be part of Activision's fall lineup of rhythm games that feature Band Hero and Guitar Hero 5 and will feature tracks from over 40 rock and hip hop artists and a three-button turntable controller that simulates the experience of being a DJ.
JAY-Z, EMINEM and DJ HERO™ JOIN IN GROUNDBREAKING COLLABORATION TO BRING NEW MUSIC AND DJ CULTURE TO GAMING PLATFORM
Innovative Partnership Includes Special Edition Featuring Music CDs from Both Artists
Santa Monica, CA – May 29, 2009 – Jay-Z and Eminem – two of the music industry’s most influential and successful artists – will join DJ Hero™, the highly-anticipated new game that is bringing DJ culture and new music genres including hip-hop, electronic, R&B and soul music to the successful Guitar Hero® platform, [ http://www.activision.com/ Activision Publishing, Inc.] (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today.
Jay-Z and Eminem will contribute some of their popular songs to DJ Hero and will collaborate on a special branded edition of the game that will include an advanced version of the game’s turntable controller, a metal traveling case that transforms into a performance-ready DJ stand and two exclusive music CD compilations featuring greatest hits and new mixes from each artist. Jay-Z and Eminem will both provide downloadable content later this year that will give DJ Hero fans fresh mixes of their material.
“Jay-Z and Eminem are innovators and they share a vision for expanding their genre by letting fans embrace technology and music in new and exciting ways to get the most out of the experience,” said Dan Rosensweig, president and CEO of Guitar Hero. “Jay-Z and Eminem embody an entire generation and will continue to influence popular culture. Now their fans can experience what it’s like to play the music, mix the music and compete with themselves and others in a game that expands with the user.”
“A DJ has the ability to use music to control people's emotions and is
responsible for the entire vibe of a room, a club or a party,” said Jay-Z. “DJ Hero is
the first video game that allows everyone to enjoy the unique experience
of creating that environment.”
“I came up doing freestyle battles on local stages with other MCs and DJs,” said Eminem. “DJ’ing is an essential part of hip-hop and DJ Hero will give people all over the chance to experience the music from the other side of the turntables.”
DJ Hero immerses fans into DJ culture and a sea of music as they take turns with their friends, scratching songs, playing along to the hottest tracks and ruling the party. The game’s innovative turntable controller was created exclusively for the game and features familiar DJ tools including a fully-rotating turntable, sample buttons, effects dial and crossfader. Players master various DJ techniques as they play along to visual cues for scratching, blending, crossfading and sampling, and can also add their own creative spark by choosing to add a variety of effects, samples and scratches. Social expression is heightened with euphoric multiplayer gameplay where two DJs can battle competitively or have a player join in to emcee over any track in the game using any USB compatible microphone. Additionally, gamers can rock together as DJ Hero features DJ-guitar exclusive mixes played with a turntable controller and Guitar Hero® guitar controller.
DJ Hero is part of a highly anticipated fall video game lineup that includes Guitar Hero® 5 andBand Hero™, which will redefine how consumers interact with music. Through unique partnerships with some of the hottest rock, hip-hop and top 40 artists, these games are bringing more fun ways to explore, share and participate in music for millions of people around the world.