Next-gen Def Jam named, dated

Hip-hop fighting game dubbed Icon, will feature highly interactive environments; Xbox 360, PS3 game throws down beats, beatdowns in March 2007.

The new rap battle.

For some hip-hop fans, the East-Coast-West-Coast rivalry just wasn't enough--they wanted to see rappers from all over the country engaging in fisticuffs. For them, Electronic Arts' Def Jam series let them live out the age-old question of "Who would win in a fight, Method Man or DMX?" and the like.

Over a year ago, EA and Def Jam Enterprises unsurprisingly announced that the series was headed to next-gen systems. Today, EA announced the first details of the game, including the official name, platforms, and release window.

Def Jam: Icon is currently in development at EA Chicago, home of the Fight Night series, and will be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in March 2007 (there was no mention of any current-generation versions). Once again, the developers are putting a stress on the game's environments, promising that they will play an integral part in who becomes victorious and who gets clowned.

Kudo Tsunoda, general manager of EA Chicago, said, "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."

While EA is ready to say that environments and music will play a large part in the game, it isn't divulging the game's celebrity cast. The only artists mentioned by the publisher to be featured in the game are Ludacris, T.I., and Big Boi.

Def Jam: Icon has not yet been rated or priced.

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THEJAMES25
THEJAMES25

cant wait to pick dis up. love the series

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

can't wait to get this game, loved the last one

Chitown_lova
Chitown_lova

It's funny...when rock and roll was a predominantly African-American genre white America called it "The Devil's Music" Now we're seeing the same thing with Hip-hop but when White artists bite our style they're praised for their "innovative blends" please you can't have it both ways. Honestly I'm tired of stupid debates like this. It's a shame that the most artificial people in the industry are praised for "keeping it real". Has anyone seen how Dr. Dre looked before NWA? Hell most of you people are probably too young to even know what NWA is, but believe me the originators of gangsta rap, weren't rapping about anything they knew about. Eazy E grew up in a two parent house, went to private school and probably thought crack rock referred to a flawed diamond. Even the Wu-tang clan...hell I love their music til the day I die...but if you listen to some of the stuff the Rza did when he was Prince Rakeem, you'd laugh. I would argue that Def Jam has done a relatively good job at keeping away from the dirtier side of the rap industry. While there have been songs by artist under the label that could be considered "gangsta", for the most part, the music has kept positive with powerful uplifting messages or just get off your ass and dance music. The music talking about thug life (eg from Jay-Z) is usually about finding ways to rise above the streets without forgetting where you came from. Basically it's all about attaining the American dream. Yes you may try to be a snob and say, they have money but no class, but the fact is they're living THEIR American dream not yours. and that's that piece

Capouel123
Capouel123

Dude was that T.I. and Big Boi fighting?

JimmyChalice
JimmyChalice

This is more likely who would be coming on the next gen DEF JAM, if the're not on the DEF JAM payroll the're not in the game unless you're an actor that had to do something with DEF JAM (The case of Omar Epps on DEF JAM 2), well heres the list of all DEF JAM recording artist, some might make it to the game some might not: 1. Aztek (Roc-La-Familia) 2. Black Buddafly (Russell Simmons Music Group) 3. Citty (Slip-N-Slide) 4. DJ Clue (Roc-A-Fella) 5. DJ Colby 6. DJ Green Lantern (Russell Simmons Music Group) 7. Fabolous 8. Foxy Brown 9. Freeway (Roc-A-Fella) 10. Ft. Meyers (Slip-N-Slide) 11. Ghostface Killah 12. Cory Gunz 13. Hector Bambino "El Father" (Roc-La-Familia) 14. The Isley Brothers (Def Soul) 15. Ron Isley 16. Jay-Z (Roc-A-Fella) 17. Joe Budden 18. Juelz Santana 19. Lady Sovereign 20. Lil Fate (Disturbing Tha Peace) 21. LL Cool J(G-Unit Records) 22. Austin Lollar (Russell Simmons Music Group) 23. Ludacris (Disturbing Tha Peace) 24. Teairra Mari (Roc-A-Fella) 25. Memphis Bleek (Roc-A-Fella) 26. Method Man 27. Chrisette Michele 28. Mic Little 29. Nas (Joint Venture with Columbia/Sony Music) 30. Ne-Yo 31. Nikki D. 32. N.O.R.E (Roc-La-Familia) 33. Karina Pasian 34. Peedi Peedi (Roc-A-Fella) 35. Redman(Bad Boy Records) 36. Rev Run (Russell Simmons Music Group) 37. Rihanna 38. Megan Rochell 39. Roots, The 40. Rick Ross (Slip-N-Slide) 41. Sam Scarfo 42. Shareefa (Disturbing Tha Peace) 43. Shawnna (Disturbing Tha Peace) 44. Short Dawg (Russell Simmons Music Group) 45. 334 Mobb 46. Teriyaki Boyz 47. Troy Ave. 48. Tru Life (Roc-La-Familia) 49. Utada 50. Bobby Valentino (Disturibing Tha Peace) 51. Warren G* 52. WC* 53. Kanye West (Roc-A-Fella) 54. Alyson Williams 55. Nicole Wray* 56. Young S Dub (Russell Simmons Music Group) 57. Young Jeezy 58. Young Gunz (Roc-A-Fella) 59. Young Leek 60. Young Dolla Yes there's some guest also T.I, Big Boi and others, but if the never had recorded or collaborated with DEF JAM they're not in the possibilities of making it to the game.

magusat999
magusat999

I wish I knew who was going to be in it - but judging from the fact that they are still calling it "Def Jam: xxx" I'm sure just like the last title there will be an absence of anyone who isn't "Russel Simmons friendly" - people who should have been in 2 were glaring ommissions, like the biggest faux paux: Snoop Dogg as the villain... instead of SUG KNIGHT??? Even without Sug Knight - there are many more notorious rappers ouot there who should have and could have been the villain. They didn't even bother to buff Snoop Sticky Dogg up in the game. I hope there will be a larger cast, that people like 50 Cent, The Game, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eminem, E-40, B Legit, EASki, Dru Down... you know rappers NOT affiliated / friendly with Def Jam records - but are widely known by the public - are in the game this time around. I also hope that we can have female fighters to choose if we like - not hoes like in v2, but actual fighters. I hope that the reward system includes a whole lifestyle of advancements - not just clothes and jewelry. It would be nice to be able to pimp a ride, plush out your place - even buy some more expensive properties; and walk around in your house - not stuck in one place circling. I'd like to see some free roaming - but that's a pipe dream. I'd at least like to see the character (third person) outside of fighting. I hope that the extra games system will be included as a part of the main game interface - not something you have to drop out of the main game to play. As far as the fighting system, i hope they will make your style and stats more available this time. And balance the game so you can get all of the moves in one game - or let you play extensively, like Tenchu, where you can redo fights very easily (without all that "don't save the fight, drop out, then come back and try again bs - it should be part of the system, where you can just choose to do it at any time). Notwithstanding they flaws and ugly wardrobe (no doubt some creepy clothes that only Russel Simmons can or will rock) the game was one of the best fighting games i ever played. I just hope that they will continue to improve it in the coming versions.

caybeirwouleyfe
caybeirwouleyfe

comthitnuong: "this series is getting kinda old ". So is Zelda Mario and Gta. But no ones complaining. As long as a game is good and gives innovative seqels then teres no probleme

playa42018
playa42018

I can scratch in the middle of a fight!?!? HOW NEAT!! I can't wait to be able to do that......not really.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I'm glad that it will be on the ps3

JimmyChalice
JimmyChalice

Ivory, the fact is thats you and many others personal opinion, the fact is we like it and theres nothing you can do about it, thats just the way it is, all that rap music or hip hop do is relate someones experience or tell a story in their own way, well we decide to do it in a much more explicit and raw form, but rockers and other music genre does this also, but nooo, just because it is rap music it is such a controversy. We can't handle the truth. jajajajajaja right back at 'cha man !!!

Yuskue76
Yuskue76

50 cent, 50 cent, 50 cent, 50 cent, c0 cent, and more 50 cent L()/7/4睅吀域/DefJam: Icon.

Antim0n
Antim0n

Looks sweet indeed. Good graphix and interesting gameplay, as I've understood it anyways. Just hoping it will come for the Wii :)

ivory_soul
ivory_soul

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cfamgcn
cfamgcn

I hope the future Wii owners will also get this game...

oscarivansalaza
oscarivansalaza

This is the best¡¡¡ el mejor¡¡¡ everything¡¡¡ fighting game of all

G_W_X
G_W_X

Wii me some love? Wii?

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

I'm definitely interested. Just hope it won't be as much hand-through-stomach as in the previous versions.

gohantech00
gohantech00

Sweet. Not planning on getting a 360 or a PS3 soon, but I'll definately keep this im my tracked games. The last Def Jam was fantastic, and the character roster sounds like it could be a promising one IMO.

orionthescorpio
orionthescorpio

I think this is great news. I love the way NY played and was hoping to see a cross over to the next-gen! Anytime you can beat up Flava Flav is alright with me! I think this should be the last of the series though or maybe use the same engine but with Marvel/DC characters that would be better than Nemesis!

GTCzeero
GTCzeero

I had heard in earlier reports and interviews that DJ3 was going to have an amazing new and original name. Def Jam: Icon? Way to innovate EA, let's just hope these new features mentioned are actual innovations.

JimmyChalice
JimmyChalice

Sasuke i never said Nas and ice cube suck, read again man im just making myself clear with the postings made by Ivory, dont get me wrong i love rap music im an Ice Cube fan since NWA and i also dig the Nas i got all of his albums, read before you diss man, come on my mom got nothing to do in this she's doing ok in Panama right now, thanks for asking for her.

sasuke55
sasuke55

Ivory you wrong son. Nas won the Battle but Jay still sold mad records after that he was only reitred two years and he has a new album coming in NOV called Kingdom come. Jimmy if Nas and Ice cube suck So does your mother. Sorry 50 fans he won't be in the game because its DEF JAM ICON and 50 is on Interscope/Aftermath/Shady.

JimmyChalice
JimmyChalice

ivory_soul wrote: ---ivory_soul jay z not been a rapper for years since before nas ended his carrea and dre was never a rapper since ice cube wrote his rymes and he makes beats and eminem how can i put this hes doent ryme he complains my moms this my wife this my life this theres people in my own hood that got more problems then him stop crying cry baby he only started rymeing about the streets and beef ather he signed 50. cent no wonder you think 95 % is crap--- Man who cares! Nas, and Ice Cube suck too! They are the ones I'm talking about. I never even like any of the people I said THAT much I just listen to them casually, and people in the hood have problems because they are too dumb and stupid to have a real life...that's their problem. Eminem doesn't just complain about his mom. I have problems with my mom to and so what if I sing about it. He's really funny and down to earth and real he's not trying to be all wanna-be sophisticated and trying to touch your soul crap like these other morons. ___________________________________________________________ Because of people like this we cannot live in peace, why if a black rapper talks about his problems in the hood he is considered to stupid to have a life, but if a white rapper starts talking about his hooker mom, and is alcoholic, drug addict, psycho wife he is down to earth, i dont understand young man you're being very disrespectful to us and i know im not the only one on this forum that is an afro-american, that lives in the hoods, grew up in the hood, and listen to rap music, young man if you paid more attention to the lyrics and stop being racist and such an @#$hole, you should listen carefully to the lyrics in these songs: NAS - I KNOW I CAN TUPAC - THUG MANSION TUPAC - CHANGES B.I.G - SKY IS THE LIMIT And this is only a short list i can comeback at you with a larger list of songs. now if your thinking about coming back at me with lame excuses such as the G-UNIT and other gansta rappers, many of those guys only have the looks so they can sell more records and check the facts 65% of their fans are white. Jejejeje amazing isn't it, i dont here about anybody on this forum that may have dissed you and be racist about you and the type of music you like to listen to, if you like Punk Rock or DJ fine with me, I listen to some of those sometimes they have nice lyrics sometimes they are funny too, by the way love the FOO FIGHTERS, but i got strong feelings for REGGAE music you know. so with all this said i think you owe all the persons on this forum an apologie for dissing us this way

d429
d429

Its about time to hear some news about this. i have been waitng for a while. Im glad T.I. is in it.

Nintendus
Nintendus

--"Man you are trippin'..>!!! Nas and Cube are ithe *ish fool...! Man, I listening to Nas right now as Im typing oddly, on the new Diddy album, lol... ---" "People like you are why crappy music is made. Just because they cuss alot and have cool beats doesn't mean they're good. Rap and Hip-Hop are nothing it's overrated and overblown and needs to die. Just ask any decent human being with an IQ above 10 and they'll tell you. Everyone I know hates it and I know A LOT of poeple But DJ should stay... " This is what you call stereotyping, i happen to like the genre, it's not a fad, it's one of the most popular kinds of music right now. It's people like you who think because someone spells something in slang, wears boxers, etc. they are like so and so. go spread your crap elsewhere.. Yes and i am black, i not only like Hip-Hop, i like every genre except for EMO and Country.

ivory_soul
ivory_soul

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CidStormwind
CidStormwind

Let's hope this is released for the Wii too.

Tw0_Fac3_226
Tw0_Fac3_226

i wonder if theyre gunna put Lil John it? he seems to be poppin up in everything nowadays

gagan21
gagan21

next gen def jam would be awesome

LuminosityBlaze
LuminosityBlaze

Man you are trippin'..>!!! Nas and Cube are ithe *ish fool...! Man, I listening to Nas right now as Im typing oddly, on the new Diddy album, lol...

ivory_soul
ivory_soul

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wwonka666
wwonka666

EA is the devil, but I cant wait for Burnout 5, when is that coming out? This game will be a WWE game soon and then maybe I will think about buying it.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

I'd like to know from EA Chicago which console is the lesser of the two from their perspective. If its the Xbox360 then the game will be made for that system and then ported to the PS3. Or vice versa. It would fuel a lively and orderly debate, thats for sure. I'd also like to see Ike Turner as an unlockable character. He is in the music industry and we all know that he has a history of thumping on other musicians. I wouldn't mind putting his virtual counterpart six feet under.

gorilla_killa
gorilla_killa

Can wait all I need to get is a 360 and im set yes it commin out on the PS3 and im also a G.A.P member ( Gamer Advisory Panle Check it out at Playstation.com),but im going foe both Sony and MicroSoft,but still this game is going to be tha bomb it going to be such the bomb they won't even let it get on a plane Def Jam Icon is going tha BOMB.COM

Pablo620
Pablo620

Last month's PSM had a great article on this game. I've never even considered buying any game in this series until now. Its totally different from the old games and quite awesome

donscrillinger
donscrillinger

i hope this doent have dancing stop sings or something gay like that

cesar_l2
cesar_l2

omg, Hell yeah!!! Finally a notice from this game., i can't wait for it.

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

Heheh, I gotta remember i'm getting old and hip hop and rap are all the rage now, hehehe, and besides, who would want to have a game where ted nugent and gene simmons beat each other up..... ehehehh

TryMe01
TryMe01

wow, not long to go before this game comes out. hopefully there will not be any delays to satisfy it's audience

wooooode
wooooode

The first 2 were better than expected and now the Fight Night team is working on this one, I expect great things now and i hope they deliver.

grfld
grfld

YES! finally there is word on the next DJ. I loved FFNY cant wait til we here more on this one.