News: Timbaland Competes W/ Jay-Z's DJ Hero, "Beaterator Is Going To Change The Game" [Video]

Friday, Aug 28, 2009 6:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Timbaland recently spoke on the concept behind his forthcoming Beaterator video game which will allow fans to create their owns beats and which will face-off against Jay-Z's upcoming DJ Hero later this year.

Timbo said the project was a long process and took nearly five years to complete.

"I always wanted to be a deejay at first," Tim said in a video. "But people wasn't making beats that I liked -- When Rockstar approached me about creating about a game with me making beats, I thought it was the most brilliant idea, ever. Beaterator, yes, it is a portable beat machine. I'm giving you authentic sounds, authentic drum machine sounds, kicks, snares, bass loops, you can make a beat, you can make an idea. You can sing to it too...It took a long time to make it easy. I've been putting this game together for three, four years. Mostly all the time when I was on tour, me and Justin [Timberlake], I made the kicks...Beaterator is going to change the game the same way I came in and changed the game." (YouTube)

The move to video games will take the popular beat program to fans' mobile devices.

Rockstar Games hopes Timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the video game charts. In a conference call, Rockstar parent Take-Two announced--in association with the proven hip-hop producer--Beaterator for PSP. The original Beaterator is no Ableton. It's more like a stripped down version of Acid or Garage Band. And it's unclear how much of a rhythm game the PSP port will end up being. Still, it's another exclusive making its way to the handheld. (Ars Technica)

Timbaland previously expressed his feelings on working with the company responsible for games including the Grand Theft Auto series.

"I've always been a huge fan of Rockstar and love playing their games," Timbaland said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to be partnering with them and making music for Beaterator. I cannot wait to get this in the hands of our fans!" (Playstation Joystiq)

The game will face-off against Hov later this year when DJ Hero drops in October.

Activision today (July 29) provided details of its controller and bundle for the limited-run version of DJ Hero, now called the Renegade Edition. The special version will have a black turntable with special gold-effect sliders and other trim. A special hard case doubles as a stand for the turntable itself, bringing up the controller to standing height. CDs from Eminem and Jay-Z will also come with the bundle and offer some tracks that haven't been released before. (Electronica)

Beaterator will reportedly land in stores this fall.

Check out Timbaland speaking on Beaterator below:

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