Def Jam Rapstar 2 Already in Planning

SPOnG interview reveals plans to turn karaoke game into fully-fledged series.

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Def Jam Rapstar 2 Already in Planning
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!


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SOMK 25 Jul 2011 22:23
Need some NWA, Eminem, Mr. X to the Z X-Zibit, Shook Ones Part II as one already said, Eazy-E, Naughty By Nature, more Nas, Chamillionaire, Nate dogg and of course some Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All!!!

I am being realistic so just the half of them.
gangsta4malife 3 Aug 2011 06:02
yo through some fukin eazy-e kris kross tech n9ne snoop dogg dr.dre ice cube twista wiz khalifa
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Ramon 16 Aug 2011 23:33
Need some Guru and Gangstarr!!! WOOO!!!!!
DG 26 Sep 2011 10:40
i agree :D
dyaz 27 Sep 2011 20:39
i think it was still to much 2000 we need more fusion genres like a tribe called quest & cypress hill, and some legendary songs should be in there like "big l - put it on" "coolio - gangsta's paradise" and not that much of one artist like kanye had 4 songs or some like that, make it a bit different like putting a song from tha dogg pound & NWA in it, would be much more fun
and one important thing: if people on forums say a song doesn't work properly PUSH IT then fix the song
t 30 Sep 2011 03:56
They need some more kanye west,notorious BIG,T.I, diddy, 50 cent some snoop dogg and some runDMC.
jack 313 20 Oct 2011 15:14
put some eminem !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bbkid 6 Dec 2011 01:04
@Parhy i agree that would be nice how about another def jam vandetta part 3 with killer fatalities and new moves with more styles and to learn more styles that would make my day cant get enough oy ff ny
bbkid 6 Dec 2011 01:06
bbkid 6 Dec 2011 01:20
@gangsta4malife tell someone to create another def jam fight for maybee la or atlanta even dc keep it movin put on some hot tracks even undergrount artists and more unlockables would be very cool gotta make this happen the game was totally awsome more from def jam yes good and some freakin easy e and bone thugs and little easy easy e,son what about the wu cant, forget them and onx they should even put iron mike in it and ufc fighters witha twiststuff i like
bbkid 6 Dec 2011 01:33
@biggie put biggie and pac in it too big pun big l jay z more rap groups and more fighters in the ring like up to ten and group batttles and make your own group the lox some radio djs top of the line ones better promotion especially on rap stations and on bet you gotta keep this thing moving forward and make it succesful for me and all the gamers and fans out there and hopefully profitable for the company but why not try to make
jeezy 19 Dec 2011 20:15
They need to put out way more downloadable content especially some young jeezy, T.I., eminem, 50 cent and yo gotti
carmal160 9 Jan 2012 11:34
when will they release def jam rapstars 2??????
mimi 14 Jan 2012 00:48
i would like to see more of mary j
kylej_mn 17 Jan 2012 06:05
Definitly gotta put eminem. Should make it so freestyle can be saved for playback later. Tech n9ne, Three Six Mafia, definitly put pimp c nate dogg heavy d, bun b, some scarface would be nice, bone thugs n harmony, cypress hill, too short. Also another thing I noticed the server for Def Jam Rapstar 1 was not available. If that could get back up and running as there is a wait for the sequel that would be good.
ricky joi 12 Feb 2012 21:13
There will NOT be any more game development. The product was a failure and no more money is being invested in Def Jam Rapstar 2.
Ahmad moore 23 Mar 2012 05:21
ricky joi wrote:
There will NOT be any more game development. The product was a failure and no more money is being invested in Def Jam Rapstar 2.

Where is ur sources on this because I hadn't seen that there wasn't going to be a a second def jam
Jaystin003 26 Mar 2012 02:06
Definitely need Eminem and more popular songs than the last Rapstar, Put alot more songs that everyone would know and up to date. Cant wait for rapstar 2!
Enrique54760 1 Apr 2012 03:52
Needs Music from the South
Lil Boosie ,Webbie Foxx Lil Trill Ti Lil Wayne
all from the south
APerson9478 28 Jul 2012 17:37
and 2 yearsd later nothing -.-
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