Electronic Arts announced today that Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover will be released this spring on the PSP. Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover, is a prequel to Def Jam Vendetta. Playable artists and celebrities include Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil’ Kim, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Snoop Dogg, and Xzibit.

“We are excited to continue our strong relationship with Def Jam and bring this critically acclaimed franchise to the PSP for the first time ever,” said Craig Rechenmacher, Senior Director of Marketing for EA. “The exclusive new fighting moves, new gameplay content and original story mode bring a completely fresh Def Jam experience to the handheld.”

In the game you’ll be able to unravel the events that lead to Def Jam Vendetta and find out how D-Mob got to rule NYC. The game will also feature new fighting moves and new venues, where players can gain respect by winning fights and rising among the ranks of the crew. Players can create their own fighter with gear from Def Jam University, Phat Farm, Brand Jordan, Ecko Unlimited, Enyce, Rocawear, Sean John, State Property, Reebok, and more. You'll also be able to battle in 1-on-1 death matches using PSP’s wireless functionality.

The game is being developed by EA Canada in conjunction with Japan-based AKI Corporation for a scheduled ship in spring 2006

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