Source: See below.
What we heard: While often backed by highly organized media corporations, many musical acts like to cultivate the image of a gleeful scofflaw that doesn't play by the rules. That's certainly been the case when it comes to keeping new game projects secret, with Aerosmith and Green Day preemptively revealing the existence of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and the Green Day Rock Band Track Pack. That's also been true for non-music games, with 50 Cent confirming the existence of 50 Cent: Bulletproof on San Francisco radio and a symphony musician revealing Diablo III nearly three years before Blizzard officially unveiled it.
Now, it looks like Opeth may be joining the ranks of hard-rockers-turned-game-spoilers. In a blog post last week, the Stockholm-based death metal group announced that, despite their distaste for games in general, they would be featured in a high-profile upcoming title:
We may not like playing video games all that much but we do like it when our music is featured on them! Makes us a bit proud even when it's a game as big as Saints Row for the PSP and even prouder when the nice developer people show excellent taste by picking "The Lotus Eater" for it. So if you love playing video games: the game is expected to hit the streets around March 2010. (Emphasis added--video for song viewable below.)
The official story: Inquiries sent to THQ had not been returned as of press time.
Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. Why would a Swedish group which, by its own admission, doesn't even follow gaming name such a specific franchise out of thin air? Plus, a PSP Saints Row makes sense. One of the most popular PSP games of all time is Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, which features the same sort of M-rated, open-world crime action that the Saints Row series appropriated from console GTAs. Such a release would also help sustain interest in the series until the release of the already confirmed Saints Row 3.