Just when you thought the music/rhythm genre was dead and buried, Ubisoft come along with a shovel. Today, the company has confirmed the development of Rocksmith - the first, and only, game where you can plug in a real guitar and rock out on your Xbox 360, PS3 or PC.
With just a standard quarter-inch input jack, you'll be able to play along with a pretty comprehensive music library, featuring recent hits and all the classics. Nirvana rubs shoulders with The Rolling Stones, The Black Keys are there alongside David Bowie, and Interpol would be pretty pleased to be included with The Animals.
Not the greatest rockstar? Its okay. Rocksmith gameplay will automatically adjust to your skill level, and it promises to make reading music "fun and intuitive". If it delivers, this could be an interesting learning tool...
In addition to the debut trailer we've included above, there are three more videos for you to check out - targeted at the beginner, the gamer, and the musician. Early days yet, but I'm intrigued. Is there a version for bass?
Geoffroy Sardin, HQ Chief Marketing & Sales Officer at Ubisoft EMEA explains:
"Rocksmith is the most authentic and addictive 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. Rocksmith is the only video game that gets players stage ready."
While this is the first that we've heard of Rocksmith with that name, the game itself has been floating around for some time - so it's no surprise that the game will be released pretty soon. Look out for it in the second half of 2011, just in time for the Christmas rush.
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Jimmy the Geek