Jimi Hendrix in computer game

LONDON: Jimi Hendrix is set to be immortalised in a computer game. The legendary guitar player will be revived in the latest edition of Guitar Hero, which is due to be released in the autumn.

The Foxy Lady singer will feature as a playable character in the game. His song The Wind Cries Mary and a live version of Purple Haze recorded in 1969 at the San Diego Sports Arena will feature on Guitar Hero: World Tour, with more of the rocker’s back catalogue available as downloadable content.

The fourth version of the game will include an eight-player Battle of the Bands feature, which allows two groups — each boasting drums, guitars and microphones — to compete against each other.

Many bands have enjoyed a new lease of life after allowing their songs to be used on the game. Legendary heavy metal group Iron Maiden reported a surge in downloads after several of their tracks, including the classic Run To The Hills, were featured.