Exclusive: Rocksmith @ Ubisoft San Francisco

Recently I had the opportunity to go to Ubisoft San Francisco to not only check out Rocksmith but also to be in an upcoming promotional video.

For the video I played Radiohead’s “High and Dry” (terribly) and shared some of my thoughts as a fan of plastic instrument games and guitar in general. I look forward to being called all sorts of things on YouTube when it launches.

Now I know everyone is probably expecting a ton of info from my visit but honestly with these type of events the PR red tape is everywhere and I was lucky to come away with two gameplay videos and an interview with Creative Director, Paul Cross.

I can however provide the following information:

  • Songs will not be score tracked online, only mini-games will. This may change at a later date but if not, perhaps a 3rd party can step in to determine who is number one at “Higher Ground”
  • Two player mode exists! It will be a horizontal split-screen setup which removes all background graphics (think Focus Mode in Guitar Hero) and allows to choose either Single Notes (lead), Chords, Combo, or Combo 2. Obviously this won’t be available online, local only.
  • Singing exists as well. Mainly to help you become familiar with the mysterious art of singing and playing guitar at the same time, but also to give the 3rd person something to do while you and a friend rock out. The game doesn’t tell you when you are doing bad but it does have a slightly encouraging “Nice Singing!” for when you are on pitch. Vocals are not scored.
  • Bass is coming! Maybe not this year though.
  • The PC Version of the game has been delayed.
  • The bonus tracks are definitely the toughest stuff you’ll play in the game. I didn’t get to try it but @KyleGaddo told me about one song that was very Petrucci influenced.

Did I see songs that haven’t been announced yet? Yeah a few, but hopefully we’ll find out about them later this week given that today is the Rocksmith Press Event.

Anyway enough of me talking about stuff you already know about, check out these exclusive videos!

Oh and here are some CDs I saw kicking around the Rocksmith Dev Area…