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Ubisoft Announce Rocksmith: Music Games Aren't Dead Yet

Jonathan Lester
Games news, Guitars, Music games, Rocksmith, Ubisoft

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Ubisoft Announce Rocksmith: Music Games Aren't Dead Yet

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!

Add a comment3 comments
ODB  Mar. 15, 2011 at 11:02

Great! something I would definitely buy as I'd love to learn Guitar

However its not a new idea


cmortine22  Mar. 15, 2011 at 22:24

I can not wait as a guitarist I am really looking forward to a new way of learning more advanced songs.

Jonathan Lester  Mar. 16, 2011 at 10:09

I don't think there's going to be any middle ground for this one. Either it's going to be immense or abjectly terrible.

I'm fervently hoping for the former. Rocksmith has the potential to be absolutely incredible if Ubisoft pull it off.


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