Guitar Hero publisher Activision may be scaling back its plans for the music game in 2010, but it may have at least one more band-centric effort in the works—Guitar Hero: Red Hot Chili Peppers.
According to details from a survey forwarded to Kotaku, Activision appears to be gauging interest in a Guitar Hero: Red Hot Chili Peppers concept. Similar to previous games that highlight rock bands like Metallica, Van Halen and Aerosmith, the Red Hot Chili Peppers branded version is pitched as highlighting the band's greatest hits and songs from guest artists chosen by the headlining band.
"Celebrate the entirety of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' life, starting with their early days in LA, to their famous Hyde Park concert to their highly anticipated new studio album," notes the purported survey. "Discover the story behind their legendary music as you unlock interviews, retrospectives, concert footage and other commentary."
The survey specifically names albums By The Way, Californication, Give It Away and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "upcoming studio album to be released in 2011."
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' music has appeared previously in the series, with individual songs popping up in Guitar Hero III and the Guitar Hero: On Tour games. The band's breakout album Blood Sugar Sex Magik appeared as a full album download for competitor Rock Band.
While Activision has prepped us to expect fewer Guitar Hero games in 2010, another band-based release certainly doesn't sound out of the question. We knew about Guitar Hero: Van Halen well in advance of the game's confirmation and release, so an early leak wouldn't surprise us.
Activision has recently taken the axe to large portions of its Guitar Hero development staff.
We've reached out to Activision reps to get comment on the matter, which we're calling nothing more than rumor for now.