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Rocksmith 2014 has been delisted, but can you still play the game?

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Rocksmith 2014 has been removed and delisted from all storefronts, publisher Ubisoft has confirmed. The move has left music-loving gamers wondering what happened and why.

After almost a decade, Rocksmith 2014 is discontinued. The latest edition of Rocksmith was the follow-up to the 2011 version. This game allowed players to connect their own electric guitar to a PC or gaming console to learn how to play some of the most popular rock songs around. 

Unfortunately, Ubisoft confirmed that starting on October 23, the game and all DLC packs would be removed from the different digital storefronts. These storefronts include Steam, Xbox Marketplace, and the PlayStation Store.

What happened to Rocksmith 2014?

Rocksmith 2014 is now delisted in favor of Rocksmith+, a newer subscription service offered by Ubisoft.

Rocksmith received weekly updates until March 2020. In September 2022, Ubisoft released Rocksmith+, a subscription-based service that acts as a follow-up to the original games. Using their own instruments, users can learn how to play a broad variety of songs in different genres including pop, country, and rock. The service is currently available for PC, Android, and iOS.

Rocksmith+ offers real-time feedback, practice tools, and a free guitar tuning app for Android and iOS. On October 24, Rocksmtih+ announced the open beta for piano playing. Users can access the piano beta for free through Rocksmith+’s website. The beta version is only available for PC users with the full version scheduled for release in winter 2023. It follows the same principle; users connect their own instruments and learn how to play popular songs.

While Rocksmith+ does deliver on much of the same promise as did the original Rocksmith game, it has still frustrated users that they’ll no longer be able to purchase the original Rocksmith game.

Can I still play Rocksmith after it was delisted?

Yes, if you purchased Rocksmith 2014 before October 23 you can still play Rocksmith even after it was delisted on all storefronts.

Users who purchased Rocksmith 2014 and any of its DLC will continue to have access to the content. They can re-download, install, and play the game without any issues. It is important to note that no further updates will be released and the current version of the game should be considered the final version.

While the base version of the game is currently delisted on digital storefronts, some song packs and DLC can still be found, but not all are available to be purchased. These song packs will progressively be removed from all storefronts beginning on October 23 and concluding on November 24. At this point, all Rocksmith 2014 content will be delisted from digital stores across all platforms. 

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Written by Jared Wynne

Jared Wynne has been covering gaming and esports for the past two decades. He's a former competitor in Counter-Strike, and still counts it among his favorite games along with RPGs like Baldur's Gate and Mass Effect. He studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

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