Music is a highly personal and entirely subjective thing. What inspires one person may annoy another. So when you create something like Rocksmith – which has helped more than a million people learn to play guitar, and teaches them faster than they ever thought possible – you wind up with all those people – guitars and basses at the ready – asking the same question: Why isn’t my favorite song in Rocksmith 2014?
One of the main answers to that question is deceptively simple: Did you suggest it? Some fans may not realize that we have an official Request a Song tool for people to suggest their favorite artists and songs for future batches of DLC. Just enter your Uplay ID, type in the artist and song title for what you’d like to see in the game, and click Submit. The results go straight to us here at the studio, and those suggestions help us as we choose and prioritize new DLC for the game.
Some people don’t believe that. They tell me they think the request app is a black hole where player suggestions go to die, but in reality it’s just the opposite. To prove it, we scooped up a year’s worth of request data from the app, added a few more fun facts, and the result is the infographic you see at the bottom of the page. Which artists were the most requested? How long does it take to create this stuff? What is it that you people actually do in that studio? Hopefully this answers those questions with a bit more transparency. (If you want even more detailed answers about how we do what we do, check out the notetracking FAQ and song selection FAQ in the Rocksmith forums. Be warned, it’s a lot of information.)
We know we’re not going to be able to fulfill every request we get. Again, there are millions of you, only some of us, and a few important parts to the process that we can’t fully control. But we’re planning on making new Rocksmith 2014 DLC available on a weekly basis until further notice, so we’d rather hear your ideas than not. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think in the official Rocksmith forums. And, of course, rock on.
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