The game, which infuses Hip-Hop music, culture, and lifestyle into gameplay, is due for release in North America and Europe.
Using music to effect how players fight in each venue, staying alive will depend on how well one utilizes various environmental interactions and hazards.
"Music is the cornerstone of Hip-Hop culture so we wanted to incorporate music and rhythm into the actual gameplay mechanics," stated Kudo Tsunoda, executive producer and General Manager of EA Chicago.
Celebrity rappers such as Ludacris, T.I. and Big Boi, are featured in Def Jam: Icon, which representatives dubbed a "no-holds-barred street fight with the style and flash of the superstar personalities."
Def Jam Interactive was founded by Russell Simmons to take advantage of emerging digital mediums.