Formerly a buy-to-own music video game from back in 2011 by the name Rocksmith, Ubisoft have released a new, updated, live-subscription service version titled Rocksmith+ which is now available to purchase exclusively via the PC. This is not a game per ce, but rather a training tool designed to assist those keen on learning the guitar, or seeking to improve their abilities – whether with an acoustic, electric or bass guitar – complemented by gamification elements.
Priced at $19.95 AUD, $54.95 AUD and $139.95 AUD for a 1, 3 and 12 month subscription, this isn’t the cheapest service – but for those more casually looking to learn guitar, then it may be worth the money until you decide to seek a professional tutor, or to complement a tutor. Proclaiming to be from “a team of musicians, music educators and video game developers” employed by Ubisoft San Francisco and boasting “a fun and personalized experience for players of all skill levels”, some of the promoted features of Rocksmith+ include:
- An expanding library of more than 5,000 songs from chart-topping, indie and up-and-coming artists, with more added each week. Players will be able to learn how to play guitar through master recordings of their favorite songs, and discover new music. Rocksmith+ features music across a variety of genres from countries all over the world.
- A suite of practice tools with a tailored experience. For example, Rocksmith+ will dynamically adjust to players’ progress as they play, with the Adaptive Difficulty feature, which also introduces new notes and chords based on skill level; and if players want to practice a specific riff, they can select Riff Repeater to do so. These tools are designed to give guitar players control over their musical learning journey.
- Note detection and real-time feedback without the need for any peripherals through the free Rocksmith+ Connect app, a phone-as-a-mic feature on iOS and Android. The app works with acoustic instruments or electric instruments played through an amp – or players can connect their electric instruments with the Rocksmith Real Tone cable, sold separately. Additionally, the Rocksmith+ Connect app also works as an accurate, professional grade guitar tuner.
- Interactive lessons and practice recommendations that Rocksmith+ generates based on players’ goals, skill level and progress. In addition to learning and improving their mechanics, players have video lessons available to them ranging from proper technique, gear, instrument care, music appreciation and more, through Rocksmith Discover.
For returning Rocksmith players, Rocksmith+ has a loyalty discount for Rocksmith 2014 owners and closed beta participants who purchase a Rocksmith+ subscription of 3 or 12 months. Those players will get bonus time in their first billing cycle — one month free for those who purchase a 3-month plan and three months free for those who purchase a 12-month plan.