Back in June 2011, games publisher Ubisoft unveiled a new game called Rocksmith. It was an attempt to take a step forward in music games, eschewing Guitar Hero-style controllers in favour of plugging in a real guitar, with the ambition of teaching people to play rather than just hit rhythm combos.

10 years later, the brand is being revived as Rocksmith+, a full-blown subscription-based music education service, initially focusing on guitar and bass. It will launch this summer for PC, before being ported to consoles in the autumn and smartphones at a later date.

The service will cost $14.99 a month, with a catalogue of songs to learn, and a closed beta for PC kicking off this month to make sure it’s all working properly.

It will have strong competition though, from the likes of Yousician, Fender Play and Gibson: Learn to Play Guitar.

In separate news, Ubisoft’s Just Dance franchise will return with its 2022 edition in November, including its built-in subscription service for new tracks.

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