Uses - And Teaches - Real Guitar
Activision have culled Guitar Hero. Viacom have dropped Harmonix. But that leaves a major gap in the market... and Ubisoft will be stepping into the breach. They've just announced Rocksmith: a new peripheral-based rhythm game that will reportedly support real guitars rather than plastic peripherals. More after the break.
Rocksmith will feature music from The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, The Animals and others, but its claim to fame won't be the track list. A guitar jack adaptor will allow players to plug in their real, actual, factual guitars and play the songs themselves rather than clacking plastic buttons. Ubisoft believe that this will allow Rocksmith to be an educational tool and music suite rather than a novelty party game, and hope that this will stop it going the way of Guitar Hero.
Guitar Hero is a party game. Rocksmith is a music experience.
The dream of playing guitar compared to how many follow through... there's a big gap. We will create a new generation of guitar players. - Tony Key, Ubisoft Senior Marketing VP
Apparently Ubisoft have also been in talks with Led Zepplin to secure a few songs for the setlist. If this happens, we're going to have a whole lot of love for Rocksmith.
It's set to release in September, featuring both a solus edition and a $200 bundle that includes an actual Gibson electric guitar. The idea of the game actually teaching songs and guitar technique (and sweep picking? Let's hope so) is extremely exciting - and we'll keep you posted. [Hollywood Reporter]
Right, it's time for you to get involved. Could Rocksmith create a "new generation" of guitar players? Or is it just another fad? Have your say in the comments!