Rocksmith: The Real Guitar Game Coming In October, Despite Trademark Issues
Ubisoft has revealed the launch date for Rocksmith, the guitar game which offers something a little different. Rocksmith, which is currently facing a legal battle, is said to go on sale — regardless of the pending trademark problem — during October.
The Ubisoft guitar game allows players to plug their real electric guitar into their PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Mac. From there, they will be able to play as it were a real show. There’s no plastic rock and roll.
An American release for Rocksmith has already been seen, however the United Kingdom never received a version of the game because the actual band called Rocksmith has laid a trademark violation at the trademark office.
“Rocksmith has already seduced hundreds of thousands in North America and we are very proud to bring this game into our territory”, said Rene’ Fraser, PR & Marketing Manager at Ubisoft South Africa. “The main reason for this success is that Rocksmith offers so much more than previous guitar games: the possibility to actually master a real instrument.”
How It Works
Rocksmith works with a “Real Tone Cable” which has a plug for the electric guitar on one side, and a USB port on the other. Obviously, the USB port is for the gaming device. Following that, the cable and software received with the game will transform the analogue signal from the guitar into a digital one for output through speakers, and so on.
The game will not only help you learn guitar, but also hone your skills if you’re a keen enthusiast.
What It Will Include
Gibson is the official partner of Rocksmith, and with this they will offer cool additions to the game.
“Rocksmith provides a new and exciting opportunity for fans of all musical abilities to pursue their dreams—and actually learn how to play. We look forward to supporting Rocksmith as it is unleashed around the world” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson.
Alongside the Gibson partnership, the following songs will be added to the game:
- Blur – Song 2
- David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
- Eric Clapton – Run Back To Your Side
- Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
- Incubus – I Miss You
- Interpol – Slow Hands
- Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
- Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
- Muse – Unnatural Selection
- Nirvana – In Bloom
- Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
- Queens Of The Stone Age – Go With The Flow
- Radiohead – High And Dry
- The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
- The White Stripes – Icky Thump
- Velvet Revolver – Slither
Outstanding Legal Issues
Although Rocksmith is an exciting concept which offers a real learning ability, Ubisoft seems to have stepped on toes. There’s an outstanding trademark issue with United Kingdom band Rocksmith, and they aren’t at all impressed with how Ubisoft has approached the issue.
According to Kris Roberts, the band’s percussionist, “no agreement/deal has been reached and no meaningful dialogue engaged”.
The reason as to why Rocksmith wasn’t released in the United Kingdom, at the same time it was released in America, is because Roberts has filed for a trademark dispute. He claims to own the trademark for “Rocksmith”.
Roberts noted that he tried to work with Ubisoft, however the publisher wasn’t interested. Ubisoft only noted that they will adhere to the “rules of the trademark office”, after acknowledging that Roberts owns the trademark.
Ubisoft seems to have either ignored the trademark dispute, or they don’t care, as they have set a release date for the game regardless of the outcome. Roberts stated that Ubisoft giving the game a release date was “interesting but no surprise”.
When talking to Eurogamer, Roberts “discovered information indicating a late summer [Spring for South Africa] release”. However, “the OHIM (European) proceedings over the disputed trademark set to last for at least another two to three months (May/June), it’s a bit presumptive to say the least, as to the outcome of that process and decision.”
In spite of the UK trademark dispute, however, the game is currently available in America.
“It is simply and typically indicative of the French behemoth’s attitude,” said Roberts on the American release. “Even if Ubisoft lose with the OHIM process, they could still launch as per the US, which will mean the start of a different kind of legal battle in the UK courts.
“In the absence of honour, ethics and fair play, we have to rely on the legal processes for a fair resolution.”
Ubisoft commented on the situation, although somewhat carelessly.
“We confirm that there is a band based in the United Kingdom that uses the claims trademark rights on the name Rocksmith and that has filed a complaint regarding our request to trademark the name for a video game,”
“The issue is now with the trademark office and we will respect their handling of the issue and have responded, as required, via the trademark office.
“We are looking forward to bringing Rocksmith, which has already seen success in North America, to a European audience.”
There’s no doubt that Ubisoft is working through the trademark office to resolve the dispute, however moving ahead without the result of the dispute is risky. As must as I’d like everyone to come out on top, it’s feels only fair that Ubisoft gets screwed in some way.
Sure, that’s a negative attitude, but what if the Rocksmith band came after the Rocksmith game. Do you think that Ubisoft would take this stance when resolving the issue?
The game is expected to release in October on all major platforms.