If you thought the long nap of both the Rock Band and Guitar Hero franchises means the music-games-with-extra-guitars genre of video games is dead, think again. Ubisoft has just announced Rocksmith, an upcoming game that requires a real, plug in guitar to play. The hook here: It's not a game as much as a game-with-benefits. See, you'll learn to play guitar as you get better at the game, and you can use your own axe.
Rocksmith debuts this fall, and will come with about 45 songs from bands like The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Nirvana and the Animals. No word yet on the consoles, but that's clearly a PS3 in the promo photo. As for the price: It'll be $200 if you buy the version with the guitar, and regular, video game price if you buy the one without the guitar.
As for the difference between music game lines, Ubisoft senior vp marketing Tony Key told The Hollywood Reporter, "Guitar Hero is a party game. Rocksmith is a music experience."
Rock Band, of course, already offers the (incredibly difficult) challenge of learning guitar with a video game in Rock Band 3's pro mode and the Fender Squier pro guitar, as well as a chance to learn "real" keyboards and drums (not to mention a ton more songs), so it's hard to see what segment of the gaming population is going to flock to Rocksmith. Rocksmith, though, allows you to use most electric guitars, and this fall, it will likely be the only new music game on the market, so it might just do okay as a niche title, particularly if the tutorial section of the game is workable -- I'm not sure Rock Band 3's weird chord diagrams are the best way to learn guitar.
For a more in depth look at Rock Band's pro guitar, check out the video below:
Source: The Hollywood Reporter