Rocksmith crosses the Pacific – in September

A year ago, to the day, Ubisoft unveiled plans for an innovative new music game called Rocksmith. Today, Ubisoft has unveiled plans to bring the game to Europe, the Middle East and Asia – but you’ll still have to wait another six months to play it.

Rocksmith – described as an “innovative, efficient and fun way” of learning guitar – allows gamers to plug their real guitar into the console, to play along with the on-screen guides.

While Rocksmith was released in North America last October, to much fanfare, the game’s European release was postponed due to a number of factors (not least of which was this British band who just happened to share a name with the upcoming release). Other parts of the world were also caught up in the drama, which it seems has taken Ubisoft a while to sort out.

The new release date – for the game’s console versions – is September 13th, with a PC/Mac version coming “later”.

To compensate gamers for the lengthy delay, the European/Australian version of Rocksmith will feature exclusive additional content, plus the entire game as released in North America.

Geoffroy Sardin, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Ubisoft EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia) skirts around the issue of the delay:

Rocksmith has already seduced hundreds of thousands in North America and we are very proud to bring this game into our territories. The main reason for this success is that Rocksmith offers so much more than previous guitar games: the possibility to actually master a real instrument.

It all works thanks to the handy Real Tone Cable that’s included with the game. Plug the quarter-inch jack into your guitar and the USB plug into your Xbox 360, PS3 or PC/Mac (later).

As a selling point, the game advertises “no more need” for budding guitarists to trudge through music theory and learning to read tabs in order to rock out with their favourite tunes. Instead, there’s a collection of “Guitarcade” mini-games, designed to teach useful techniques such as learning chords and harmonics, and – importantly – how to shift between frets.

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Here’s a sample of the set list for you, so you know just what you’ll be rockin’ out to (in six months’ time):
Blur – Song 2
David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
Eric Clapton – Run Back To Your Side
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Incubus – I Miss You
Interpol – Slow Hands
Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Muse – Unnatural Selection
Nirvana – In Bloom
Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
Queens Of The Stone Age – Go With The Flow
Radiohead – High And Dry
The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
The White Stripes – Icky Thump
Velvet Revolver – Slither

But what if you don’t have a guitar? Never fear, Ubisoft has you covered: An Epiphone Les Paul Junior guitar is featured in an exclusive Rocksmith bundle at launch. The Les Paul Junior has been used by music legends like John Lennon, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mick Jones and the New York Dolls, among many others over the decades.

Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson explains:

Gibson is proud to have the Epiphone brand as the guitar of choice for the revolutionary Rocksmith game. Rocksmith provides a new and exciting opportunity for fans of all musical abilities to pursue their dreams—and actually learn how to play. We look forward to supporting Rocksmith as it is unleashed around the world.

So, to recap: Rocksmith is coming to Europe, the Middle East and Asia (including Australia and New Zealand) on September 13th. You’ve got six months, start saving your pennies!

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