Back in my day we had plastic guitar controllers and we were glad to have them. That’s not good enough for Ubisoft and Rocksmith, however. During the Ubisoft Forward 2021 conference, Ubisoft announced Rocksmith+, a subscription game that will actually teach you to play a real guitar. It’s coming later this year on PC and consoles.

Rocksmith+ builds upon the rhythm gameplay of 2014’s Rocksmith, which required the use of a real guitar, and utilized the familiar flying rhythm tracks of Guitar Hero. Rocksmith+ supports guitar or bass, as well as acoustic guitar using the new Rocksmith+ Connect mobile app, which can pick up the sounds without the need of the cable using the phone’s microphone.

New features include the Rocksmith Tablature for veterans, along with multiple playlists and how-to videos. Rocksmith Discover is a free online library that will continue to add videos and articles about guitar techniques, care, and music theory.

Rocksmith+ is a subscription-based interactive service. It costs $14.99/month, or $39.99 for 3-months, or $99.99 for one year. Subscription includes regularly added updates, songs, modes, and tools. PC users can test the experience out for free by registering for the closed beta.

Rocksmith+ will launch later this summer on PC, and in the fall for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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