“The streets saying we need a new Def Jam game.”
It’s been 13 years since the last true Def Jam game. 13 years too long. It seems like Def Jam Recordings — or at least the person behind their Twitter account — agrees. Monday night, the official Def Jam Records Twitter account posted a screenshot of the Def Jam: Fight For NY character select screen with the caption, “The streets saying we need a new Def Jam game.”
The next day, they followed up on their Tweet, saying, “Once our twitter hits 1M, we have a special announcement for y’all!” with a game controller at the end, implying that they had an announcement related to their fan-favorite franchise. Considering they were sitting at around 980,000 followers when they posted it, and then a few hours later they were only six thousand followers away, we’re sure to see a big announcement from them soon.
Once our twitter hits 1M, we have a special announcement for y’all ! ?
— Def Jam Recordings (@defjam) August 10, 2020
EA has made it abundantly clear that they’re interested in and working on a number of remasters of their legacy content, as well as bringing a lot of it to platforms they’ve previously left bare, like Steam and Nintendo Switch. While the likelihood of a remaster or re-release is pretty high, it’s also entirely possible that Def Jam will partner up with EA or another publisher to bring forth a wholly new game with a new — or at least updated — roster.
Considering rap, along with the music scene, in general, has changed quite a bit in the last 13 years, they’re certain to add in a few new faces if the game is a remaster or remake. A sequel or entirely new game in the franchise would also make sense since the prolific recording label teased a new game back in 2018 by asking fans who they’d like to see on the cover of a new Def Jam game.
HYPOTHETICALLY, who’d you like to see on the cover if this game made a comeback? pic.twitter.com/8c8bJR9RNA
— Def Jam Recordings (@defjam) June 29, 2018