Update: Harmonix confirmed they are not developing a standalone Hendrix game. Jimi Hendrix music coming to Rock Band in the near future will be in the form of downloadable content, or part of a greater collection of songs to be released later in this supposed "new edition."
The ultimate guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix, will soon have his own "Rock Band" video game.
Jimi Hendrix's stepsister, Janie Hendrix, who controls the late guitar god's estate, let it slip during an L.A. Times interview that a Hendrix edition of "Rock Band" will be coming before the end of the year.
The statement was made while discussing the impact of Sony Music's licensing deal for the Hendrix master recordings last year. "At the time the deal was completed," read the article. "Sony vowed to make his music 'available through every type of media' - including a new edition of 'Rock Band' that Janie Hendrix says should appear before the end of this year."
Officials at "Rock Band" publisher MTV Games or developer Harmonix did not respond to requests for comment by press time. The company in December announced its next artist-based game would be focused on Green Day, with a treatment similar to that of "The Beatles: Rock Band" in which various elements of the band's career and development are chronicled. It's unclear whether the Harmonix team has the resources to do both a Green Day and Hendrix special edition in the same year.
However coming out with a Hendrix game this year makes the most sense. There's certainly no shortage of Hendrix-related material coming out in the coming months as the 40th anniversary of his death approaches this fall.
Thanks for the report to Billboard.com.