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HMV and Ubisoft to Donate £5 to Charity For Every Rocksmith Copy Sold

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Finally launching in the UK, for each copy of Rocksmith sold retailer HMV and publisher Ubisoft will donate £5 towards the charity, Teenage Cancer Trust.

This collaboration between retailer and publisher will continue until Christmas. The Teenage Cancer Trust dedicates its time towards making the lives of young cancer patients, from teenagers to young adults, a lot better. The Charity has been long established for twenty years, in which time it have created twenty-two units in NHS hospitals.

Rocksmith itself is a guitar-based game. It’s the first title to allow users to plug in any real electric or bass guitar. The title generates gameplay based upon the user’s level, allowing players to get better at guitar whilst they enjoy the game.

Rob Cooper, Managing Director for Ubisoft UK, said, “We are exceedingly excited to be launching Rocksmith in the UK this week.” Rocksmith was previously released in both North America and Japan last year in October. Cooper continued, “The game literally provides real-life benefits by teaching people how to play an actual guitar, and we hope to inspire the next generation of rock stars in the UK and beyond. Moreover, I couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with HMV to raise much-needed funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.”

Meanwhile, Product Manager for Games and Technology at HMV, Vicky White, also said, “We’re delighted to be partnering in this special promotion that enables us to support the launch of Ubisoft’s fantastic Rocksmith, while also raising funds for our wonderful nominated charity, Teenage Cancer Trust.  All three parties have a natural connection through music and gaming, so this feels like a great fit.”

The title looks to be a fantastic way to pick up guitar and learn, whilst adding a new way for experienced guitarists to enjoy a new way to play. Rocksmith also appears to breathe new life into the now-stale genre where it shares the same ground as Guitar Hero and Rockband. It will be released on 28th September 2012 for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Europe.

Windows PC users can also look forward to the title, launching on October 16th, 2012 in North America and October 19th, 2012 in Europe.

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