Activision: DJ Hero Coming in 2009

Confirmed to exist last October, the long-rumored DJ Hero will make it out to stores later this year, according to Activision CEO Bobby Kotick.

"We have this product called DJ Hero coming out later this year, which is a turntable that you actually can play competitively and spin discs and mix songs," said Kotick during a CNBC interview transcribed by Eurogamer.

DJ Hero is rumored to come packed with a turntable controller, featuring three rhythm buttons, a cross-fader and various sound-effects dials.

Of course, just as Konami fired a lawsuit at MTV/Harmonix over Rock Band--Konami established the Guitar Hero format with its Guitar Freaks--so too could it be eying Activision's new property.

Konami's DJ-styled Beatmania games helped establish the rhythm genre in 1997. The company holds a patent covering the genre, and recently sued Pentavision over its DJMAX (PSP, PC) series.

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