Ubisoft Entering The Music Genre With RockSmith


As the popularity of playing with plastic instruments (sadly) fades Ubisoft hopes to breathe new life into the music genre with a new game called Rocksmith. Unlike Guitar Hero and Rock Band, Rocksmith will have your fingers moving to the beat of a real electric guitar.

“Pushing buttons on a toy is nothing like playing a real guitar.Guitar Hero is a party game.Rocksmith is a music experience,” Ubisoft senior vp marketing Tony Key stated.

Rocksmith is scheduled to launch sometime this September for the PS3, 360 and PC with about 45 songs from artist like the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Nirvana and the Animals.

According to early reports Ubisoft is hoping to sell the game bundled with an electric guitar for $200. Negotiations with legendary guitar maker Gibson and several others in the business is also underway. As unique as it sounds, Ubisoft isn’t the first to offer gamers a chance to play with an actual instrument.

In 2010 Harmonix introduce a fully functional, full-sized, electric guitar that could be used to play Rock Band 3 at around $279. Unfortunately the Fender Squier Stratocaster wasn’t bundled with the game and went on sale over four months later. Could Rocksmith be the shot in the arm the music genre desperately needs or will it end up being just another forgotten title like Seven45 Studios’ Power Gig: Rise of the SixString?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Written by: Sakinah - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Tosh on March 21st, 2011 [ 1102 Points ]

    Sounds like the next logical step really.

  2. #2 by pedro on March 21st, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    I agree that music games are Party Games and that’s exactly why I don’t think this will be that much fun. Not to the big audience at least.

    People like Rock Band because it’s easy and you can play it even if you don’t know s***t about guitar, bass or (not as much) drums.

    I don’t know about this… It’s a bold move for sure.

  3. #3 by premiersoupir on March 21st, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    seems like the genre has passed its moment, but maybe that’s just me. rb:beatles felt like the last hurrah of the music party game.

  4. #4 by Markus on March 21st, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    Wouldn’t this help folks learn how to play the guitar? Sounds more like educational software to me. Sounds interesting though

  5. #5 by Beastxjason on March 21st, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    ouchy $200 I would never buy. You can get lessons and a cheapy for that…….


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