Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Rock Band Delivering Hendrix and Green Day Experiences

Jimi Hendrix Guitar HeroGuitar Hero definitely set the tone for music-based games when it debuted in 2005 but it seems that Rock Band is taking it to the next level a lot faster than the Guitar Hero franchise, especially with all the single artist exclusive games its pumping out.

Rock Band already has an AC/DC Live exclusive game as well as the hugely successful The Beatles: Rock Band, which was one of the fastest selling music games ever. In light of the success of those games, developer Harmonix along with publisher EA have acquired the exclusive rights to create Green day: Rock Band.

Now this title was revealed back at the Spike TV Video Game Awards not too long ago with the members of the band revealing to the public plans for a Green Day themed Rock Band game set for release in November of 2010. The game will feature songs recounting all the years of the band's history as well as the bands favorite venues and imagery. The game will play just like all of the other Rock Band games allowing gamers to play either the guitar, bass, drums or vocals.

Now what may come as a surprise to many of you is that EA and Harmonix may also be releasing a Jimi Hendrix themed Rock Band game as well. According to the stepsister of Hendrix, a Hendrix: Rock Band could be hitting store shelves by years end. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Janie Hendrix revealed the mystery project set to be released sometime this year.

If there is anybody out there that deserves a standalone music game like Rock Band its Hendrix. However, it seems kind of strange that EA and Harmonix would release two single-artist games in the same year. It seems more likely that the Hendrix game would be a very large track pack DLC or that the actual game, if it exists, would be released in 2011. On the other hand, this is the 40th anniversary of Hendrix's death so, from a promotional standpoint, releasing a Hendrix game now would be a logical move.

But things are never as they seem. Guns-n-Rose's guitarist Slash speculated to Rolling Stones Magazine in 2008 that a Hendrix-themed Guitar Hero game was already in the works following the Guitar Hero exclusives Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Guitar Hero: Van Halen and Guitar Hero: Metallica. Is it possible that Janie Hendrix is confusing Rock Band with Guitar Hero? Yep. Plus, Hendrix's character has already been featured in Guitar Hero: World Tour so the modeling is already there. Until concrete proof arises, however, all we can do is speculate.

Source: G4TV

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