Update (5/14/21, 06:00 AM) – Further developments in this story have arrived and it's not the best of news — it looks like DJ Hero: Remixed is a fan-made game and not an official release.
@CoolestCoder reached out to us via DM and pointed out that it's actually a fan-made game that's still very early in progress. Unfortunately, this was information I didn't have at the time I was writing the story. The game's Steam DB page has also been updated to note that it's a fan-made game.
On the upside, I've learend that there's also a community for the game that's still quite active; as @dannyrom288 points out, the DJ Hero Fan Server on Discord has a bunch of cool stuff like custom tracklists available for people who are comfortable with modding. Another recent development of this communtiy is bringing DJ Hero 2's online mode back online through the use of an emulator.
Our original story continues below.
DJ Hero was a pretty cool game in the heydey of plastic instrument games, but we only got a single sequel. Now, it looks like that might change: DJ Hero: Remixed has appeared in Steam's database.
If you've never played DJ Hero, you missed out on a neat game that was akin to stuff like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. As the name implies, you won't be strumming along on a plastic guitar or singing into a microphone; rather, you'd use a physical turntable peripheral to play the songs in the game.
Now, a thread on ResetEra spotted that what looks like a remastered version of DJ Hero has popped up on SteamDB, a website that tracks behind-the-scenes changes to Steam. Notably, this also would mark the debut of the game on PC. Unfortunately, attempting to go to the actual Steam Store page doesn't yield anything just yet; it looks like we might have to wait a while before we get a look at this revival.
How Will DJ Hero: Remixed Work on PC?
As one of many games featuring plastic instrument peripherals, a DJ Hero: Remixed PC release raises an interesting question — how exactly are you going to control the game? After all, it's not like any new turntables for the game have been made for a very long time.
Well, the obvious answer to that is simple — you'd use a controller or your mouse and keyboard. Although the plastic instrument controllers looked kind of strange, they all ultimately used controller inputs mapped to keys on the instrument controllers.
That said, it just wouldn't be the same without the correct equipment. If a remastered version of DJ Hero is indeed on the way, we may very well see a new version of the turntable peripheral launch at some point in the future.
In the meantime, those of you feeling a bit of nostalgia can buy DJ Hero and the turntable controller on Amazon for the Wii, PS2, PS3, and Xbox 360 starting at $119.99 or your regional equivalent; at those prices, it's probably best to wait for seeing how this new version turns out.
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Would you be content playing DJ Hero: Remixed without the turntable peripheral? What was your favorite song from the original game? Let us know in the comments below!