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New guitar game features actual guitar

March 9, 2010

Though Guitar Hero and Rock Band seem to have a lock on the peripheral-based music video game battlefield, as evidenced by the “success” of Konami’s Rock Revolution, a new music video game is still on the way. Seven45 Studios, a triple-threat developer, publisher, and hardware manufacturer announced today that Power Gig: Rise of the Sixstring, their own music game, is set to release this fall on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, according to a press release from the company.

But here’s the kicker: Power Gig uses an actual six-string guitar.

Hit the jump for more info and character art.

According to the press release the six-string guitar will contain Seven45’s proprietary technology that can distinguish and recognize gamers’ input all along the guitar, making the guitars as easy to pick up and play as any other band game’s button controllers. And because its an actual electric guitar and contains all the guts of one, gamers can plug their guitars into any standard amp and “jam with their friends.”

Power Gig: Rise of the SixString is meant to be the answer for all of those gamers who have wanted to take their band game experience to the next level; we’re confident that players will agree that the transition from the existing games is both seamless and exhilarating,” said Seven45 Studios Chairman and CEO, Bernard Chiu. “We believe that there is something unmatchable about the feeling of an authentic guitar in your hands, and Power Gig brings that excitement to all gamers with an instrument that absolutely anyone can pick up and play.”

In the press release it states that Power Gig uses new technology that represents the “next evolution of music performance games” that will provide all casual players, hardcore, those who’ve never picked up a guitar and those who play regularly with a “more authentic and fun experience.” There are two modes of play including the traditional beat-matching, Power Gig also introduces the option to switch on chording, or chord play (I assume that makes sense to guitar players). Chording presents the added challenge of playing the game using chords that require specific finger placement on the strings. As players progress through the game, becoming more comfortable with a genuine guitar and potentially choosing to play real power chords, the press release states, they will find that the byproduct of playing the game is coming away from it with an understanding of some real-life guitar fundamentals.

The six-string guitar will make its public debut at this year’s Game Developers Conference, which starts today.

Now the question that remains to be answered, and most likely won’t be until closer to the game’s release, is: How much? The guitar bundle for Guitar Hero 5 on the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 is listed as $90 on Amazon. And that uses “toy” guitars. So how much could real guitars cost to make and sell? The game alone will be $60, and searching “electric guitar” on Amazon shows the cheapest one at $90. How low are you willing to go Seven45?

[Images courtesy of Games Press]

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