Def Jam: Icon Announced for 360

EA have today announced what many hip-hop fans have been expecting for months, Def Jam for Xbox 360. Titled Def Jam: Icon, the game is said to infuse “hip-hop music, culture and lifestyle into the gameplay”.

Kudo Tsunoda, General Manager of EA Chicago, had this to say:
“Music is the cornerstone of hip-hop culture so we wanted to incorporate music and rhythm into the actual gameplay mechanics. In Def Jam: Icon, we are changing the way fighting games are played! We are completely innovating the role of the environments in the games, moving from the typical lifeless arenas the hip-hop celebrities are fighting in to environments that play an instrumental part in the fight where they will react to the music and interact with both characters like a third fighter.”

Playing a “hip-hop mogul” from rags to riches, you get to fight “no-holds-barred street fights but with style and rhythm”. How this will work is unknown, but EA Chicago says that music will effect how the player fights and will be key to winning each bout. A full list of the celebrity’s in the game is not yet available, though Ludacris, T.I. and Big Boi are said to be included.

Def Jam: Icon is expected to ship for Xbox 360 in March 2007.

Originally Written By: Scott Webber

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