While games such a "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" have found tremendous success in recent years, Seven45 hopes "Power Gig" will lure gamers with real instruments and lessons, as opposed to the genre's replica guitars. Seven45 will be working with instrument creators First Act to create Power Gig. Creators of the game, Seven45 Studios have stated that players will be able to plug the guitar into a standard amp and play real music.
"The leap to (playing) guitar will be seamless," said Jeff Walker, vice president of marketing at Seven45.
The game includes a "beat-matching" mode similar to the gameplay of "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band". In this mode, players must follow on-screen beat sequences with their instruments. This gameplay will incorporate the breadth of the six-string guitar, teaching players to utilize chords.
Boston-based Seven45, which is introducing "Power Gig" at this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, hasn't announced a price, but said it will be comparable with existing music games, which now cost as little as $70 and as much as $200 for a limited edition "The Beatles: Rock Band" bundle.