Ubisoft released Rocksmith 2014 Edition back in 2013 to a positive reception, and has continued to release downloadable songs for the real guitar-based rhythm game on a consistent basis since. Now, almost three years after the game’s original release, the publisher has announced plans to add some welcome new features to it, and best of all, it won’t cost existing players a cent.
Rocksmith 2014 Edition – Remastered will launch at retail on October 4, and for those who already own the original version of the game, it will be incorporated for free as part of a software update. While it doesn’t sound like the core gameplay will receive notable changes, what Ubisoft has already announced for the update sounds like a wealth of subtle but welcome additions that will improve the overall experience.
The aim of Remastered seems to be in improving and expanding the capabilities of the core game’s menus and tools. Players will now be able to create custom setlists based on various criteria, adjust the speed that the game’s dynamic difficulty shifts and access more in-depth statistics on how they play each song, mode, and guitar technique. The song selection menu will also add a search function that makes it easier to find your favorite tracks and artists, and the in-game Riff Repeater will allow for more freeform and efficient navigation.
Newcomers who purchase Remastered at launch will also get access to the following downloadable songs for free, though Ubisoft will offer them as standard paid DLC to existing owners as well:
- Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
- fun. – Some Nights
- The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
- Bob Marley & The Wailers – Three Little Birds
- Outkast – Hey Ya!
- Train – Drops of Jupiter