EA, in partnership with Def Jam Interactive, has announced Def Jam: Icon, the first next-gen entry in the popular fighting series. Set for release in March 2007 for both PS3 and Xbox 360, the game will infuse hip-hop music, culture and lifestyle into the gameplay, delivering the intensity of no-holds-barred street fights.
“Music is the cornerstone of hip-hop culture so we wanted to incorporate music and rhythm into the actual gameplay mechanics,” said Kudo Tsunoda, executive producer and General Manager of EA Chicago. “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.”
EA Chicago is delivering star-stunning action and bone breaking beats as players live out the life of a hip hop mogul, going from rags to riches. Incorporating hip-hop culture into every aspect of the game, DEF JAM: ICON will deliver the intensity of a no-holds-barred street fight but with style and rhythm. Music will effect how players fight in each venue and environmental interactions and hazards will become a key strategy to staying alive.
EA Chicago’s unique fighting gameplay controls introduce a new way for gamers to fight as they assume the role of top celebrity characters such as Ludacris, T.I. and Big Boi. Innovative controls give better feedback to players so they feel like they’re actually throwing the combat moves. Gamers can now fight with the style and flash of the superstar personalities.
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EA has announced its lineup for this years E3, which begins tomorrow. The lineup consists of titles for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP and the PC which will be shown in booth #1000 in the South Hall.
The mega-publisher will be showing off the recently-announced Army of Two, Will Wrights Spore, and Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars behind closed doors at the event. EA will also be showing off Madden NFL 07 for the PS3, X360, Wii, PSP and DS at the show. Other titles include NASCAR 07, Battlefield 2142, Crysis, Battle for Middle-earth II (X360), Superman Returns and Def Jam: Fight for NY: The Takeover.
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