With DJ Hero, Activision hopes to turn clubbers into gamers

Extending the Guitar Hero franchise.

Newly acquired Activision studio FreeStyleGames is allegedly working on a DJ Hero, a clubber's version of the mega publisher's "Hero" rhythm game brand that includes the Guitar Hero franchise.

According to a source over at Kotaku, DJ Hero is a music rhythm game that will let players "scratch to the beat of popular mash-ups with a laptop turntable peripheral."

The key to any rhythm game, the controller, is completely unique. After almost 12 different prototypes, it apparently resembles a simplified DJ Deck.

"There is a platter for scratching which will act like the strum toggle on a Guitar Hero guitar. Above the platter are three buttons for sampling. The controller also includes a cross fader and a sound effects dial which will act like the whammy bar in Guitar Hero," Kotaku reports.

And instead of the colourful, cascading musical notes found in Guitar Hero, DJ Hero music will revolve around a virtual record.

"To play you will have to either hold a sample button and scratch, just hold a button or just scratch as the neon icons flow around the virtual vinyl," the source said.

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