With Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour heading gamers’ way, you may think the home-brew music scene was just for rockers. Not so fast, says Genius Products, which today unveiled Scratch: The Ultimate DJ, a new hip-hop game that will appear next spring on “multiple next generation game systems.”
Although a Wii version may not be ruled out, the game is currently in development for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
7 Studios is developing Scratch: The Ultimate DJ with input from none other than music legend Quincy Jones III. Quincy Jones, for those who don’t know, has been the producer for Tupac Shakur, LL Cool J and Ice Cube, among others.
Scratch: The Ultimate DJ will combine free-form DJ tricks with the rhythm-based gameplay to which we’re all now accustomed. And yes, the game will include a turn-table controller called the Scratch Deck, which players will use to manipulate music tracks in real-time. The turntable is being created by Numark, the world’s largest manufacturer of DJ equipment.
The game will be set in urban environments and feature songs from the biggest names in hip hop. A full list of artists and songs will be released in the months ahead. In the meantime, check out the first three Scratch the DJ screenshots: