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Ubisoft's New  Rocksmith  Game To Let Players Use Any Real Electric Guitar
Ubisoft's New Rocksmith Game To Let Players Use Any Real Electric Guitar
March 15, 2011 | By Mike Rose

March 15, 2011 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC

A month after Activision dissolved its Guitar Hero franchise, Ubisoft is looking to fill the music game gap with newly announced Rocksmith.

Due for release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Fall 2011, Rocksmith will allow gamers to plug any standard guitar into their games console, and learn to play a variety of rock and pop songs.

Ubisoft promises that the game will be suitable for both beginners and more experienced guitar players alike, adapting to your personal skill level. Both rhythm and lead guitar parts will be available where appropriate.

Apart from the selection of songs available to play along with, Rocksmith will also feature a bundle of mini-games that will "hone in on specific skills."

In terms of song lists and multiplayer options, Ubisoft says that it "can't reveal everything just yet."

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Ubisoft SVP of sales and marketing Tony Key revealed that the game will release with around 45 songs, including tracks from the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Nirvana and the Animals.

Key said of the obvious Guitar Hero comparisons, "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," he continued. "We will create a new generation of guitar players."

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R. Hunter Gough
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Great! My wife and other guitar-players I know are always complaining about how GH and RB are even harder for them since the guitar controller is so different from playing an actual guitar. I've heard that the next version of RB will have a "play with a real guitar" feature, too.

John smith
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The version of Rock Band that uses a real 6-string guitar came out last october. It's got a real keyboard too.

Arnaud Clermonté
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... except that it only works with 1 model of "real" guitar, which was released less than a month ago.

Roger Hanna
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That one model was designed to minimize latency via an active neck. To support all guitars would require pitch-detecting methods that introduce latency.

Scott Southurst
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This could be great for my Sons/Daughter who all have an interest in guitar/keyboard etc. but all have more of an interest in the PS3/Wii, and have other commitments (Ballet etc.) that make it difficult to find the time to practise as required.

I'm think that this will be a "must buy" for my household - though I'm not sure if it'll be able to overtake LBP2. I've put off buying Rock band etc. because (a) I've heard the controllers can be a bit fragile and (b) apart from the Drum set (and even not really then) the controllers aren't anything like the instruments they are supposed to imitate.