It got lost in the hubbub caused by Guitar Hero's demise, but we were equally as sad that Activision's fledgling rhythm franchise, DJ Hero, got caught up in the cancellation flurry last week. While Guitar Hero was arguably ready for the glue factory, DJ Hero was a fresh take that we felt never got a fair shake. Thankfully, Activision are giving it a final encore with a track pack featuring Aussie artists Pendulum.
Budding beat chemists, singing sensations and all their friends can heat up their decks with three exclusive additions to DJ Hero® 2’s award-winning mix list, Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced. While Australian electronic music act Pendulum is on tour with Linkin Park, gamers will be able to experience hits off their newest chart-topping album, Immersion, in an all-new way. Virtual DJs can spin, scratch and sing to the best soundtrack in entertainment with three new tracks:
Pendulum Mix Pack (Available now): • “Watercolour” • “Set Me On Fire” • “Salt In The Wounds”
The Pendulum Mix Pack will be available on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 640 Microsoft Points and on the PlayStation®Store for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. All tracks will be released as downloadable singles for Wii™ for 300 Wii Points™.
We're genuinely sad to see the demise of DJ Hero. We can't help feeling that if it had been released three or four years earlier it may have been every bit as successful as Guitar Hero. Freestyle games did a fantastic job of replicating the DJ experience and making it accessible - and the mixes created for the game have been brilliant, creating a true point of difference in the rhythm genre.
If you happen to spot either of the DJ Hero packs for a reasonable price, post the cancellation announcement, it's well worth picking up.