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Rocksmith 2014 Edition

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Genre: Rhythm
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: Oct. 22, 2013 (US), Oct. 25, 2013 (EU)

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'Rocksmith 2014' Celebrates 10th Anniversary By Being Pulled From Storefronts

by Rainier on Oct. 23, 2023 @ 1:02 a.m. PDT

With a completely redesigned interface and all-new features, Rocksmith 2014 Edition is tailored to better teach the key elements of guitar playing, and to make learning faster and more fun than any other method.

Players will be able to use integrated streaming and capture features on Xbox One and PS4 to record and share their best performances, as well as show off their favorite custom tones from Tone Designer.

On PS4, Rocksmith 2014 Edition will support Remote Play through PlayStation Vita, where players can view songs at a locked mastery level without any scoring or input required; this is perfect for players looking to review a song in its entirety without feedback, study specific sections of songs or practice in another room when it’s more convenient.

Rocksmith 2014 Edition comes with more than 50 tracks; there are currently more than 800 additional songs available for purchase, with new add-on content added every week. For players making the jump to next-gen consoles, track libraries can be imported across Xbox 360 to Xbox One and PS3 to PS4 without having to repurchase content or pay additional licensing costs.

With the original Rocksmith removed from storefronts in 2021, Ubisoft is now delisting Rocksmith 2014 on its 10th anniversary.

ROCKSMITH 2014 LEAVING STORES

GREETINGS, ROCKSMITH COMMUNITY!

Nearly 10 years ago we launched Rocksmith 2014 and set out on a journey of learning and playing guitar together, practicing old favorites, and discovering new ones along the way. We thank you for an incredible decade and know a big part of that was being able to feature officially licensed music to learn and play in Rocksmith 2014.

Now as we approach that decade mark, we must remove Rocksmith 2014 for purchase from all digital storefronts as of October 23, 2023. DLC packs and Singles for Rocksmith 2014 will be removed from those storefronts over time as well.

If you already own Rocksmith 2014 or any DLC from Rocksmith 2014, you will still be able to install, download, re-download, play, and use those products. You should experience no change or interruption in your access. If you do not own those products, you will not be able to purchase them digitally once they are removed from storefronts.

Many of you have shared your love for Rocksmith 2014 and its role in helping you with learning guitar and we’re thrilled to be part of that journey. If you haven’t already, we’d love for you to continue your guitar learning with us through our current project, Rocksmith+. In the coming months we’re looking to introduce some of the biggest names in metalrockR&B, and more to our song library.

When will the delisting take place?

Rocksmith 2014 will be removed from all digital storefronts on October 23rd, 2023, with DLC packs and singles to follow over time. Keep an eye on the Rocksmith 2014 in-game news for details.

Can I still play or re-download Rocksmith 2014 or its DLC?

Yes. If you have purchased Rocksmith 2014 and the DLC before they have been delisted, you can continue to enjoy this content on Rocksmith 2014.

Will delisted songs be removed everywhere?

Yes. When Rocksmith 2014 and any associated DLC is delisted, it will be removed from all digital storefronts, including Steam, the Xbox Marketplace, and the PlayStation™Store.

DLC Delisting Details by Month

October

The following songs will be delisted from digital storefronts on October 23, 2023. Song packs that include any of the listed song singles will also be unavailable as of that date:

  • The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
  • The Hives – “Hate To Say I Told You So”
  • Chicago – “25 To 6 Or 4”
  • Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”
  • Tame Impala – “Elephant”
  • Them Crooked Vultures – “Mind Eraser No Chaser”
  • Albert King – “The Sky Is Crying”
  • Queens Of The Stone Age – “My God Is The Sun”

The following songs will be delisted from digital storefronts on October 27, 2023. Song packs that include any of the listed song singles will also be unavailable as of that date:

  • Smashing Pumpkins - “1979”
  • Smashing Pumpkins - “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”
  • Smashing Pumpkins - “Disarm”
  • Smashing Pumpkins - “Today”
  • Smashing Pumpkins -“Tonight Tonight”

November

Note: For Playstation 3, all songs for November will be delisted on November 1, 2023

The following songs will be delisted from digital storefronts on November 3, 2023. Song packs that include any of the listed song singles will also be unavailable as of that date:

  • Iron Maiden - “Aces High”
  • Iron Maiden - “Fear of the Dark”
  • Iron Maiden - “Run to the Hills”
  • Iron Maiden - “The Number of the Beast”
  • Iron Maiden - “Two Minutes to Midnight”
  • Iron Maiden Song Pack
  • Hotei – “Battle Without Honor or Humanity”
  • Hotei – “Bambina”
  • Hotei – “Thrill”
  • Hotei Song Pack

The following songs will be delisted from digital storefronts on November 10, 2023. Song packs that include any of the listed song singles will also be unavailable as of that date:

  • Alice In Chains - “Hollow”
  • Alice In Chains - “Would?”
  • Alice In Chains - “Check My Brain”
  • Alice In Chains - “Man In A Box”
  • Alice In Chains - “Them Bones”
  • Alice In Chains Song Pack

The following songs will be delisted from digital storefronts on November 17, 2023. Song packs that include any of the listed song singles will also be unavailable as of that date:

  • Green Day - “American Idiot”
  • Green Day - “Basket Case”
  • Green Day - “Oh Love”
  • Green Day Song Pack
  • B’z – “Easy Come, Easy Go!”
  • B’z – “Giri Giri Chop”
  • B’z – “Juice”
  • B’z Song Pack

The following songs will be delisted from digital storefronts on November 24, 2023. Song packs that include any of the listed song singles will also be unavailable as of that date:

  • Radiohead - “Creep”
  • Radiohead - “Just”
  • Radiohead - “Karma Police”
  • Radiohead - “My Iron Lung”
  • Radiohead - “Optimistic”
  • Radiohead Song Pack

Electric guitar is awesome – but it really only tells half the story. Millions of guitarists choose to play acoustic guitar, whether it be for stylistic reasons, genre reasons, even “that’s the guitar my family already owns” reasons. And hey, there’s also a reason so many bands went “unplugged” in the 90s – there’s no substitute for the unique feeling and sound of an acoustic guitar. It’s an entirely different way to play.

That brings us to Rocksmith. Even though there are plenty of songs in the library that prominently feature acoustic guitars (R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion,” Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” Extreme’s “More Than Words,” Don McLean’s “American Pie,” Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler,” and Eagle Eye Cherry’s “Save Tonight” all come to mind), most players use electric guitars and basses when they play. If you have an acoustic with a pickup in it (sometimes called an “acoustic-electric” or “electroacoustic” guitar, or a guitar fitted with a removable pickup that temporarily slides into the soundhole), the Real Tone Cable works just fine – but anybody with a traditional acoustic guitar hasn’t been able to join in the fun.

Well, that changes today. When you sign in to your platform’s online network, a new free patch will download and add Microphone Mode to your copy of Rocksmith 2014 Edition Remastered. Now, you can plug a dedicated USB microphone into your hardware (console or PC), point it at your acoustic guitar, and play without a Real Tone Cable. The only difference you’ll notice is that the Authentic Tones are disabled – so if you want to play Pantera on your acoustic, you won’t get that great Dimebag Darrell distortion bleeding out of your speakers in Microphone Mode. But Rocksmith will still hear your playing, let you know which notes you got right, and adjust the difficulty to match your skill level, just like when you play with the Real Tone Cable connected.

It’s worth noting that you might want to do some experimentation with this new mode. There are lots of different microphones out there, and lots of different shapes, sizes, and styles of acoustic guitars, too. You’ll want to test microphone distance and positioning for best results, and it helps if you’re in a relatively quiet room when you play. There are a lot more random and variable factors that can affect Microphone Mode instead of playing with the Real Tone Cable, but a few tests and tweaks on your end should get you good results. Feel free to visit our official forums to discuss your tips and tricks with other acoustic players.

That isn’t the only addition to Rocksmith in today’s patch. If you just want the visual cues while you practice but don’t want the game to listen to your playing, fire up Disconnected Mode and run through your favorite songs judgment-free. You’ll also find tweaks and improvements to Guitarcade, Score Attack, Song Lists, and calibration. It’s all good stuff, and a lot of it comes directly from user feedback.

The standard edition includes the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable, a unique 1/4"-to-USB cable developed exclusively for Rocksmith. This revolutionary cable turns the guitar’s signal from analog to digital, allowing it to be recognized and played through video game consoles, as well as PC and Mac.


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