This is one of those times where everyone knew it was coming; some sources even called it a written-in-stone fact, even though the publisher had never "officially" confirmed its existence.
Well, no more. Activision has confirmed to Joystiq that Guitar Hero: Van Halen is indeed in the works, and it's scheduled to launch some time during the second half of 2009. They wouldn't issue any further information, but we know the game will feature the legendary band's greatest hits and some other guest bands will include The Offspring, Weezer, Queen, and others. Furthermore, Activision's Senior Vice President of Global Brand Management clarified that "this is definitely Van Halen, not Van Hagar," which means that David Lee Roth and not his replacement, Sammy Hagar, will be in the spotlight. The former is back with the band, anyway, and many die-hard fans will say without reservation that Van Halen was at its best when one of rock's most colorful front men was present. We're not taking anything away from Hagar – they had some great songs with him, too – but if you're releasing a game that's a tribute to this band's legacy, you really have to put David Lee Roth in the lead.
So yeah, it appears that both Guitar Hero and Rock Band will continue to pump out the band-focused spin-offs. See what happens when a genre blows up worldwide?
Related Game(s): Guitar Hero: Van Halen