While other publishers leave the music games business, Ubisoft has decided to jump in headfirst. The company today announced Rocksmith, a music rhythm game that will work with real guitars.
Rocksmith is designed from the ground up to teach players how to actually play guitar — apparently any model with a standard quarter-inch input jack will work with the game. It won't feature standard difficulty settings; instead, it will automatically adjust to the player's skill level.
"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," said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft U.S. "Rocksmith is the only video game that gets players stage ready."
Rocksmith will feature tracks from The Animals, The Black Keys, David Bowie, Interpol, Nirvana, and The Rolling Stones. Ubisoft has approached guitar makers like Gibson about $200 dollar game bundles that will include the game and an electric guitar, but nothing has been finalized on that front.
Rocksmith will launch in the second half of 2011 on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. We'll have more for you on Rocksmith as we get it.