Ubisoft announces Rocksmith

Hey, did you hear that the plastic guitar game is dead? Well then I guess it’s a good thing that Ubisoft’s Rocksmith uses a real guitar.

Announced earlier today in The Hollywood Reporter, Rocksmith will be coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 later this year and can be played with any electric guitar you may have gathering dust in your closet thanks to an adapter that’ll come packaged with the game. A $200 guitar and game bundle is also being considered.

Ubisoft is hoping that this feature will differentiate Rocksmith from Guitar Hero and Rock Band, which will not receive new entries in 2011. Ubisoft is hoping Rocksmith will also stand out due to its 45-song track listing, which the publisher promises will include tunes never before seen in any Hero or Rock Band game.

While the track listing might be new, the bands represented look to be old hat as songs from The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Nirvana and The Animals will be included in Rocksmith.

Believe it or not, the trash talking has actually already begun: “Guitar Hero is a party game. Rocksmith is a music experience,” Ubisoft Senior Vice President of Marketing Tony Key said.

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John Scalzo is Warp Zoned's Editor-In-Chief and resident retro gaming expert. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at john AT warpzoned DOT com.

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