Ubisoft has announced the production of Rocksmith, a new guitar-based game, even as other companies are pulling out of the genre. Does this mean that Guitar Hero fanatics will be able to dust off their plastic axes? Well, not quite.
According to Ubisoft, Rocksmith will allow players to plug any actual, functioning guitar with a 1/4 inch jack in to their PC, 360, or PS3 and jam away. According to Ubisoft's press release:
"Rocksmith is the most authentic and addicting music game ever created," said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft U.S. "Whether a beginner or a seasoned guitar vet, players progress at their own speed and walk away from the game with the ability to play songs by memory. Rocksmith is the only video game that gets players stage ready."
According to the game's website, Rocksmith will assess players' individual skill levels, will let you choose rhythm or lead guitar, will feature multiplayer, and will be available in "Fall 2011." No track list has been released, but Ubisoft's press release lists artists such as the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and the Black Keys.
Not much more is known about Rocksmith at this point, so stay tuned for more. It will certainly be interesting to see if this game's design allays the long-standing criticism of other instrument-based games that the player is not "actually" playing an instrument, how much room for "personal style" the game allows, and how capable it is as a teaching tool.
Image Credit: RCA/David Bowie