PM Studios and Pentavision are linking up again to bring DJ Max Technika to North America. The arcade machine has a touch screen and players tap notes as a blue bar passes over them. While your punching notes your progress is shown on a 32 inch LCD monitor above you, lights flash, and the floor vibrates to the music. DJ Max Technika doesn’t sound like its going the licensing route like Konami’s Ubeat the North American version will have popular Korean artists such as: Garion, Sugar Donut, 015B, Yozoh, Humming Urban Stereo, BJJ, and Clazziquai. I’m sure other popular DJ Max songs will carry over since I see Oblivion and a few other songs from DJ Max Portable: Clazziquai Edition in the screenshot gallery below.
I’m surprised by this announcement since arcades… are sparse in the USA. Sure, Dave & Busters exists along, but are there really enough places to carry DJ Max Technika? I asked Michael Yum, Executive Producer at PM Studios, if they plan to release the game in other venues. He told us, “You should be able to see this at bowling alleys and family fun centers. We are even trying to get them at theaters.” Great, but how will this affect the online features like upload scores with a Platinum Club IC card, track statistics, and update the game via network update?
Images courtesy of Pentavision.