In February, then-independent Activision filed an application to trademark DJ Hero. While significant, the application in and of itself was merely a sign of possibility, not a signal of intent, as has been seen with other unacted-upon trademark filings for rhythm games, such as Guitar Villain and Drum Villain.
Today, that possibility became a near certainty. In an interview with gaming blog Joystiq, Guitar Hero World Tour project director Brian Bright revealed that Activision Blizzard is indeed working on a music rhythm game dedicated to the club scene.
"Activision's doing a DJ Hero game, and I can't comment on what we're doing," he casually revealed in response to a question about what's next for Neversoft after World Tour. "But...we're working on the future and next gen. If I wasn't excited about it, I wouldn't be there."
Bright's statement comes as the first official confirmation for the game, though speculation and leaks have already revealed a number of unverified details. In September, alleged tipsters told Kotaku that the game was expected to arrive next summer and will integrate both a turntable-style controller and Guitar Hero guitars. The controller, which sources claimed was on its sixth iteration, reportedly includes a scratch platter, three buttons for sampling, a cross fader, and a sound-effects dial.
As per Kotaku's sources, the game is in development at