Prince might want to second-guess his decision to reject big Guitar Hero bucks after he hears about their latest round of featured players. Even though it isn’t due out until after the summer, Guitar Hero 5 buzz has already begun and it’s only going to get louder once word gets out that the White Stripes, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash’s estate, Vampire Weekend, and Kings of Leon have signed along the dotted line.
USA Today Game Hunters’ Mike Snider reports that the new Guitar Hero features the bands listed above and more. “We have a lot of new indie artists as well and Iron Maiden as more classic rock or heavy metal,” Guitar Hero project director Brian Bright said. “We’ve been trying to get the White Stripes and they have finally come around.”
I think Jack White signing over “Blue Orchid” to Guitar Hero is a kind of tipping point for bands wanting to cash in, but keep their indie cred. It’s only a matter of time until we get Guitar Hero: Bon Iver Acoustic Edition.