My wife and I have been playing Rocksmith since the game debuted in 2012 — me on my Schechter Damien and Laura slapping a 1970 Ampeg Big Stud bass. While I can’t say I’m shredding at the guitar, I can’t begin to estimate the amount of hours I’ve enjoyed playing guitar with the missus. Today, the Ubisoft team takes that experience to the next level as they launch Rocksmith+, the next iteration for the series. Offering over 5000 songs at launch, this looks like a massive improvement to the overall song catalog for the series.
Rocksmith+ is a subscription-based service with a monthly cost of $14.99 for 1 month, $39.99 for 3 months, and $99 for a full year subscription, with returning players getting a break on their sub at least for the first few months. Let’s hear from the team what’s new:
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. To see the song library, please visit: https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/rocksmith/plus/song-library.
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. For more information on the Rocksmith Connect app, please visit: rocksmith.com/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.
“Whether you’ve never played guitar, played your whole life, or want to learn how to play your favorite song, Rocksmith+ is the perfect companion for your musical journey,” said Jay Cohen, vice president, executive publisher, Ubisoft. “We are curating the most extensive song library with major artists and rising stars from genres all over the world. Rocksmith+ is a proven revolutionary learning tool that’s fun and easy to use at an incredible value at $100 a year where you can spend as many hours as you’d like to play your favorite songs as often as you want, wherever and whenever you want. This is just the beginning, and we can’t wait to see our community perform.”
Rocksmith+ is also collaborating with major music instrument partners Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer, Ibanez, Ernie Ball, Ernie Ball Music Man, Marshall, Orange, Mesa/Boogie, Roland, Boss and Electro-Harmonix.
This is a no-brainer in my household. Look for our review when Laura and I tackle it very soon.
Rocksmith+ is available on PC today, with a mobile version coming in the near future.
Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming.
Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter.
Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 27 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).