March 16, 2011

Ubisoft Planning To Release Game That Utilizes Real Guitar

On Tuesday, French videogame titan Ubisoft announced plans to release a videogame that uses real electric guitars as controllers.

The "Rocksmith" game will use guitars plugged into gaming consoles, and Ubisoft said that the gameplay will make reading music intuitive and fun.

Tony Key, Ubisoft's U.S. senior vice president of sales and marketing, described Rocksmith as "the most authentic and addicting music game ever created."

"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," he said in a statement.

According to The Hollywood Reporter and Rolling Stone magazine, the game will include songs from popular artists like The Animals, The Black Keys, David Bowie, Interpol, Nirvana and The Rolling Stones.

"Rocksmith" will be released in the second half of this year.

The announcement comes after videogame publisher Activision Blizzard announced it was bringing its popular "Guitar Hero" music videogame franchise to an end.

Activision Blizzard announced in February that it will not make any new versions of "Guitar Hero" because of "declines in the music genre."


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