4mm Games founder Jamie King and Def Jam's James Waller has revealed to SPOnG that a "true sequel" to Def Jam Rapstar is already in the planning stages.
Def Jam Rapstar, the karaoke rap game, distributed by Konami, isn't due for release until November but King explained that the two companies have such a great relationship that "we're already talking about Def Jam Rapstar 2."
Waller told us that it will be "a totally improved game, not simply us putting more songs on a disc with the same features." A list of gameplay mechanics that had been left out of the original due to time constraints will be realised in Def Jam Rapstar 2.
"One thing I learned working with 4mm - and even our own company on reflection - was that nothing goes out the door until it's perfect," Waller explained in an interview to be fully published tomorrow.
"There are a lot of things we had in this first game that would have been amazing to have, but we couldn't perfect it in time. So we held it back. For Def Jam Rapstar 2 we will definitely have those in."
Speaking of the game about to hit the shelves, King said that "from a design point of view - and this may be dangerous - but we don't play a lot of SingStar or Lips. There's a purity in not knowing what's happened in the past, although Market awareness is obviously important. We just don't want to cloud our thinking with what's been done. Once you go down that road, you realise just how easy it is to fuck this up and fall short."
Def Jam Rapstar is released in the UK on 5th November. Check back tomorrow for the full interview on SPOnG - including what exactly made James Waller walk out of a meeting mid-dev cycle in disgust. Oh, the intrigue!