Def Jam Rapstar Developers 4MM Team Up With Konami For Release

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Remember when we came back from E3 last year shouting about Def Jam Rapstar? Well now it’s officially back on the scene, with a planed time of release and a new publisher. 4MM games will be teaming up with Konami to aim for a fall release of Def Jam Rapstar, which drops for the Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. Def Jam Rapstar prides itself on being the only music game to focus entirely on Hip Hop, meaning that it’s right up The Koalition’s alley.

On release the game will feature more than 40 of the greatest Hip Hop videos, which players will be able to rap along to on the mic. Def Jam Rapstar allows you to be the star: by rhyming, using your console camera, and uploading your video to the fully integrated Def Jam Rapstar community at www.defjamrapstar.com. Def Jam Rapstar also offers you the ability to freestyle over tracks by some of the hottest hip hop producers and upload your freestyle performances for the world to decide how good you really are.

The full press release from 4MM and Konami is below for more information. Are you hyped yet? I’ve been hyped since last year, read on to see why.

KONAMI TO DISTRIBUTE DEF JAM RAPSTAR VIDEOGAME THIS FALL

First Music Game All About You, Hip Hop, and Your Social Networks

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. | NEW YORK – April 8, 2010 � Konami Digital Entertainment Inc., is excited to announce that it has entered an exclusive distribution agreement with Autumn Games, 4mm Games and Def Jam Interactive for the upcoming music videogame Def Jam Rapstar. Developed by 4mm Games, Terminal Reality and Def Jam Interactive, Def Jam Rapstar is the first true interactive Hip Hop music game experience for consoles, and will be available for the Xbox 360� video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation�3 computer entertainment system and Nintendo Wii� this Fall.

�Hip Hop music has for 30 years re-defined the sound, boundaries and culture of popular music,� said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. �We look to bring that ambition to fruition by pushing the boundaries of music games with Def Jam Rapstar. The star power development teams of 4mm Games and Def Jam Interactive are going to bring a music game experience that no one has seen to date, which is why we are so excited to be a part of such a unique game.�

�Hip Hop is a global phenomenon that has permeated pop culture to become the most important youth movement of our generation. We are proud to deliver the first authentic Hip Hop music experience to gamers that will undoubtedly change the way music games are played,� stated Kevin Liles, President and CEO of Def Jam Enterprises. �It is an incredible opportunity to work with 4mm Games and Terminal Reality in developing Def Jam Rapstar, and by partnering with Konami we ensure that everyone around the world will have an opportunity to compete with the best of the best. So show us what you got!�

�4mm was founded with the intent of bringing the experience of Constantly Connected Gaming� to the next generation of gamers,� said Nick Perrett, CEO of 4mm Games. �We look forward to providing Hip Hop fans worldwide a powerful example of that vision this fall with Def Jam Rapstar.”

The ultimate emcee experience for video game consoles, Def Jam Rapstar is the only music game that focuses exclusively on Hip Hop. With more than 40 of the greatest Hip Hop songs available at release, including region specific music for the UK and Europe, Def Jam Rapstar allows you to be the star: by rhyming, using your console camera, and uploading your video to the fully integrated Def Jam Rapstar community at www.defjamrapstar.com. Def Jam Rapstar also offers you the ability to freestyle over tracks by some of the hottest hip hop producers and upload your freestyle performances for the world to decide how good you really are.

Initial confirmed Def Jam Rapstar gameplay tracks include:

ARTIST SONG

2 Pac I Get Around
50 Cent I Get Money
Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg Nuthin� But a �G� Thang
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx Gold Digger
Lil� Wayne A Milli
Notorius B.I.G. Juicy
Slick Rick Children�s Story
T.I. featuring Rihanna Live Your Life
Wu Tang Clan C.R.E.A.M.
Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West Put On

Def Jam Rapstar is being co-published by Autumn Games, and represents the publishers’ first major release as part of its ongoing efforts to provide a new way for top-flight developers to independently make and release games that challenge traditional boundaries.

For more information of Def Jam Rapstar, please go to www.defjamrapstar.com.

To follow Def Jam Rapstar on Twitter please visit www.twitter.com/defjamrapstar.

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