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Confirmed: DJ Hero dev Freestyle saved

Confirmed: DJ Hero dev Freestyle saved

75 staff working on secret project.

DJ Hero developer Freestyle Games has escaped the Activision chop.

The UK studio is now working on a secret project described to Eurogamer as "very, very exciting".

"Over the past three months we have examined a number of options for our studio's future with Activision," creative director Jamie Jackson said.

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DJ Hero dev's fate still undecided

"We hope to have more news soon."

The fate of DJ Hero developer FreeStyleGames remains undecided as Activision continues to make good on its promise to cull 500 jobs from its business.

Activision closes 7 Studios

DJ Hero support studio canned.

The bodycount from Activision's house-cleaning exercise yesterday continues to mount up, with LA-based 7 Studios the latest confirmed dead.

What next for Guitar Hero DLC?

The day the music died.

Last night Eurogamer broke the news that Activision had closed its Guitar Hero business, effectively killing the music game after five years of groundbreaking success.

Activision kills Guitar Hero

Layoffs at DJ Hero dev, True Crime cancelled.

UPDATE: Reports are coming in that layoffs have also hit the Activision-owned developer Vicarious Visions. Developer Manveer Heir tweeted this evening to say, "Ugh sorry to hear about the Vicarious Visions layoffs today after Guitar Hero canceled. Shitty. Sounds like Freestyle (DJ Hero) got hit too."

Activision confirms new DJ Hero game

Activision confirms new DJ Hero game

Begins campaign for "undiscovered" talent.

Activision's confirmed "a future instalment" in the DJ Hero series, but stopped short of adding a number two to the name.

"Do you want your song mashed up in the next DJ Hero?" Activision asked musicians attending the huge MIDEM music show in Cannes, France later this month.

Those that do will have their submissions judged at a Listening Session at MIDEM on 27th January - "providing one lucky undiscovered musician the priceless opportunity to have their winning song mixed, mastered and featured in a future instalment of DJ Hero".

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DJ Hero DLC pricing explained

Basically, it costs more to make.

DJ Hero downloadable content costs more than Guitar Hero downloadable content because it costs more to produce, according to developer FreeStyleGames.

First DJ Hero DLC revealed

Fiddy! Blige! Peas! Guetta.

Activision has released the first downloadable content for turntablist opus DJ Hero. Extended Mix Pack 01 features two luxury-length mixes for 480 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live, or 4.79 / 5.99 on PlayStation Network.

DJ Hero

DJ Hero

Floor filler?

The turnaround has been astonishing. Guitar Hero launched in 2005, its first set-list composed extensively of cover versions, with the music industry's nostrils too busy sweeping lustily over cisterns to pay it much heed. Developer Harmonix was virtually required to shuffle up to record label doors, cap in hand, begging for whatever scraps of licensed music were lying around.

$2 billion and 25 million sales later, someone else is now wearing the trousers in this increasingly noisy relationship, and so DJ Hero arrives this week with an emperor's fanfare and a marketing budget beyond the wildest fantasies of the original Guitar Hero team. Indeed, as I type this, fizzing flutes are clinking at the DJ Hero London launch bash where, the game's official Twitter feed hics, "DJ Shadow two hour set rocked the house!" Not this one, buddy.

But the point is that DJ Shadow features heavily in the game, both as content and semi-shrouded avatar. And he's hardly alone. Jay-Z, Eminem, Daft Punk, Grandmaster Flash, Scratch Perverts, Z-Trip and DJ Yoda are just some of the Who's Who of stars actively involved in the project, from inception through to release.

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DJ Hero date set for Europe

Loaded for late October.

Activision has told Eurogamer that DJ Hero will be released on 30th October in the UK. That's the PS2, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 versions, a spokesperson explained.

DJ Hero signs Daft Punk

French maestros mix 11, exclusively.

Activision has announced that renowned French duo Daft Punk will make their videogame debut in DJ Hero this November, and bring 11 exclusive mixes to the table.

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Scratch of the day.

The battle of the band games has been going on for a while now. This time last year, you may recall, Guitar Hero World Tour was gearing up to take on Rock Band 2. Eurogamer loved them equally, slapping both games with a big fat 9/10. But it was Activision who won the battle for Christmas cash, in the US at least - Guitar Hero outsold Rock Band by more than 2 to 1 over there.

DJ Hero: DJ AM, Z-Trip, Shadow vids

Five vids embedded beyond the click.

It's a happy day in DJ Hero land, because DJ Heroes enjoy video almost as much as they enjoy DJing, and Activision has released various DJ Hero videos overnight which we've somehow managed to encode into the Eurogamer TV backend despite only getting them after we went home last night. This is how much we love you.

Activision unveils flashy DJ Hero pack

Activision unveils flashy DJ Hero pack

Renegade Edition price TBC.

Activision has whipped the cover off a flashy Renegade Edition of DJ Hero that will have a metal turntable peripheral and hardshell case - one which converts to a "performance ready" stand.

Rappers Eminem and Jay-Z have also provided unreleased tracks to go on two special bonus CDs.

How much the Renegade Edition will cost, however, is a question unanswered. A spokesperson for Activision told us "pricing has yet to be determined", and no retailers yet list the bundle.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff to star in DJ Hero

He is the driver and you're on a rap ride.

In a move that makes a lot more sense than some ageing electric goths turning up in a zombie game, Activision has announced the latest legendary turntablist to grace DJ Hero with his likeness and his mixes: DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Neversoft hints at turntable control for GH

But it won't make this year's version.

With guitar support already confirmed for DJ Hero, the newest addition to Activision's gaming setlist could now return the favour, with Guitar Hero developer Neversoft revealing its desire to build the turntable controller into the GH experience.

E3: DJ Hero

Spinning the light thin plastic.

There's been a sort of inevitability to DJ Hero, an unmistakable sense that once a company realised people would be willing to pay for plastic guitars and drums, it couldn't be long before plastic turntables were on the way too. It's nice to be able to report, then, that the game itself isn't looking as tired and cynical as sceptics' worst fears might have suggested. It isn't even looking competent but boring. Instead, it's looking smart, challenging and extremely enjoyable.

DJ Hero site lists platforms, developer

FreeStyleGames doing it for PS3/360/Wii.

Activision has launched a DJ Hero teaser site with logos for Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation, helpfully identifying platforms for the turntable-based rhythm game due out later this year.

Activision's Kotick confirms DJ Hero

Activision's Kotick confirms DJ Hero

Slip of the tongue in Davos.

Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick has announced - apparently inadvertently - that DJ Hero is in development and due out in 2009.

Speaking to CNBC from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Kotick mentioned the game in answer to a question about innovation.

"We have this product called DJ Hero coming out later this year, which is a turntable that you actually can play competitively and spin discs and mix songs," he said.

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Activision man confirms DJ Hero

Activision man confirms DJ Hero

New series from scratch.

An Activision project director has confirmed that the publisher is working on a "DJ Hero" game.

"Activision's doing a DJ Hero game, and I can't comment on what we're doing," Brian Bright told Joystiq, referring to his Guitar Hero team, presumably.

This isn't the first we've heard of DJ Hero. Trademarked a long way back, the game reportedly uses a custom turntable peripheral for scratching and sampling, according to details dug up by Kotaku.

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Activision coy on DJ Hero

Trademark is only indication so far.

Activision has offered no clarification on whether it is working on a new rhythm-action game called DJ Hero.