While it was a critical darling, loved by seemingly everyone that picked it up, DJ Hero didn’t sell as many copies as Activision hoped. That doesn’t mean that they’re abandoning their new IP though- they’re still supporting it with DLC and have big plans for the inevitable sequel that’s coming out this year.

Perhaps to steal a little thunder from Rapstar, DJ Hero 2 will allow you to use a microphone (two turntables and a mic, in fact) in order to rap or sing along with the songs. One new DJ that’s been confirmed for the game is deadmau5, whose song Ghosts N’ Stuff will be remixed with Lady Gaga’s Just Dance. (That particular mix is actually available as free DLC for DJ Hero owners right now through the 14th, so get on that!)

Other confirmed artists include Dr. Dre, The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Metallica, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna. 85 other artists will be included.

The game will feature a new jump-in jump-out party mode similar to Guitar Hero 5, which is good for anyone wishing to simply listen to some of these remixes. (Some are really incredible- wish they’d release a damn soundtrack already.) There will be new multiplayer modes as well like new specific battle tracks that pit DJ vs DJ, and the typical career mode found in all the other Guitar Hero games.

DJ Hero 2 hits Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii this fall, and will come in a variety of packs- standalone game, with one turntable, or a “Party Bundle” with two turntables and a microphone. Let’s hope that Activision doesn’t drive this IP into the ground as well, because there’s clearly more material to mine here.