Power Gig signs Eric Clapton, padless drum controller

Boston-based developer also adds the Dave Matthews Band and Kid Rock to exclusive lineup for game with fully functional guitar and innovative drum kit.

With Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and Rock Band 3 shipping to home consoles before 2010 expires, and Green Day: Rock Band shipping this week, the year already has a solid slate of rhythm games. But in Boston, there's a storm brewing. Seven45 Studios, a New England-based developer, revealed today that Eric Clapton, the Dave Matthews Band, and Kid Rock will be exclusive artists for the studio's upcoming Rise of the SixString. When the game ships this fall, it will include a wireless drum controller, alongside its fully functional six-string guitar.

It's like drumming, without the drums.

Each artist will lend "multiple tracks" to Power Gig, though only Eric Clapton's "Layla," the Derek and the Dominos version, has been confirmed as one of the game's 70-plus songs. The Dave Matthews Band is known for its improvisational style, while Kid Rock is an artist known for fusing multiple musical genres from rap to rock to country. Seven45 said the three acts will remain exclusive to the Power Gig franchise.

The second half of Seven45's announcement was the revelation of the game's drum kit. Dubbed the AirStrike, this ultraportable percussive plastic instrument differs from those already on the market, because it rests on the floor and is not propped up by anything. The drum pad has color-coded circles on its face that emit LED lights, which are in turn captured by the game's sticks. The sticks have accelerometers inside them that allow the game to know when the player is actively engaged in keeping the beat of a song. The AirStrike drum peripheral and the game's guitar will be compatible with all music games currently available.

For more on Power Gig, check out GameSpot's Power Gig: Rise of the SixString preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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34 comments
Elvis4576
Elvis4576

I might just buy it for clapton not just a great guitar player but an excellent musician

Jabagg
Jabagg

@Ozzie234 The guitar, from what I have read, is more-or-less a real guitar re-purposed to play this game. That is, after you are done playing the game and want to rock out on your amps you can do that.

Sabrewing
Sabrewing

This uses the same completely-vertical notecharting system that Rock Revolution used; that will NOT be doing the game any favors. Why the hell did they have to buy up "Layla"? I've been waiting for that to hit Rock Band for forever. D:

Ozzie234
Ozzie234

I don't think the drums will be an epic fail. Since they will be completely silent (probably) I think people and families will enjoy them more. You can play at any time of day (with headset) without disturbing the whole neighborhood. Could very well be a MAJOR hit as well :)

Ozzie234
Ozzie234

I will check this game DEEPLY if the git controller is a complete simulation in every aspect of a real guitar. I think this game even might put both Rock Band and Guitar Hero out of business if things are made well. No bull.

missonrs
missonrs

I'll look into it. It sounds like there is too many things they would have to deal with before it can truly be good (things like making guitar not a harsh experience for people with no experience). its just too hard to imagine that this will be good .

Timstuff
Timstuff

The guitar for this game sounds much more interesting than the drums, because this is an actual step towards true Guitar simulation / training in a video game. I can't help but wonder what Harmonix has up their sleeve for Rock Band 3. If they can offer something similar, and if you can use any guitar you want to play it with, then combined with the realistic drum experience it could be the ultimate band game (as if regular Rock Band wasn't already).

Timstuff
Timstuff

So while Rock Band combines almost-real drums with fake guitars, this game combines fake drums with an almost-real guitar. Wait, what?

Franzkill
Franzkill

*Pretends to be an old man Anyone else remember when Eric was with Jiimy Page in the Yardbirds? Those where the days when music was pure and full of effortless soul. :)

TonyMedhurst
TonyMedhurst

@Gelugon_baat: Going by Amazon's Prices; The Guitar Kit is $179.99 ~ (£124) The Band Kit is $229.99 ~ (£158) The Game is $59.99 ~ (£40)

TonyMedhurst
TonyMedhurst

The quote under the drum picture is a stupid advertising slogan...'it's like drumming, without the drums'.... so unrealistic and boring then.... The guitar looks great and I can't wait to get the guitar kit, however, the drums look like they will be an epic fail. :(

Pete5506
Pete5506

Why even try? Rock Band will always be the best

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

Well, this may actually be helpful in learning to play the guitar, depending on how close to an actual guitar it is. (Already closer than the RB/GH guitars... strings > colored buttons.) However, if the strings are nothing more than a gimmick, Rock Band 3 will likely be the music game I'm buying this year. (The drums here may look awesome... but I doubt they'll wind up having that long a life... one badly-timed drum stick, and you're going to Wal-mart to buy a new set.) However, it may have a chance... Clapton is made of awesome, after all ;)

Maxim_Bryant
Maxim_Bryant

My 400+ songs on the Rock Band series beats this any day. Who cares if this game has a stringed instrument or not, it's just a game... and the game with the most songs wins my heart.

DiabloNeonX
DiabloNeonX

Sounds like an interesting concept, at least from a guitar standpoint. Might be worth looking into. The drums have FAIL written all over them, but using an actual guitar seem interesting. I'll need to see video or something on how exactly it's going to work. Probably still won't buy it though. I've devoted way too much money to Rock Band to make the switch, but I'm still curious nonetheless.

halomonkey1_3_5
halomonkey1_3_5

dammit...being a clapton fan im going to have to buy this game...

mafilms
mafilms

the drums wont work. having no pad underneath the stick will result in zero rebound for the stick.

green_dominator
green_dominator

Eric Clapton is probably the only artist in this announcement that still matters. Clapton is significant in the history of rock not as an innovator but more as an early hero of guitar playing. His early work was much faster and a bit harder than his modern albums. Dave Mathews is one of those bands the suck and never seems to go away, just when you think you have heard the last from them they rear their ugly head again to pollute the air waves with their horrendous brand of rock. Kid Rock shouldn't even be called that name, the guy is annoying, obnoxious and not very talented.

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Ummm...Kid Rock, Dave Matthews Band and Eric Clapton? Why?

iSAIGONi
iSAIGONi

i air drum all the time when im listening to my own music (which is alot better than these artists) so i really wont need this

gunliftor
gunliftor

I'm having a hard time accepting this tbh. As a real drummer, it makes no sense to me to have air drums. Noone will be able to keep time, or do any complicated fills, or use personal drumsticks (I honestly can't play without the sticks I've grown accustomed to). Also... Lack of bass pedal is confusing me. Will the controller also use some horrible air drumming feature like stomping your foot on the ground and the controller will sense the vibrations or some bs like that?

Sword-Hunter277
Sword-Hunter277

Look for it New at Gamestop for $4.99 in about six months or so.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

I would buy this for the Clapton tracks alone. I have waited years to see something more than a few Cream tracks on a game. But Layla is unexpected. Totally awesome and this is now one of my to-get games of the year.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Hmm. A stringed guitar sounds interesting, but I need something better than Dave Matthews Band. :p The drums sound like a bad design. How long will the sticks last if they have sensitive accelerometers in them? I'll wait for some reviews before passing final judgment, but this all sounds kinda iffy for me.

Apocolypse_Cow
Apocolypse_Cow

It's far more exhausting to play an intense rhythm without actually hitting anything than it is to get some feedback from actually connecting with...well, anything. This is a terrible idea! You need some bounce back!

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

Anybody else thinking how impossible it would be to keep rhythm on "air drums?" The whole point of drums is hitting and bouncing off something to keep your beat going. There's no way anybody will ever enjoy swinging into the air, and there's no way the thing will reliably detect the swings every time. Sounds like a half-baked idea.

ele975
ele975

No, those drums will not do! The pads are seperate too far from each! This is a major design flaw, i refuse to buy the drumming product and stick to the Rock Band's

Ice_man_1985
Ice_man_1985

no thank you sir, i don't want another broken hardware, so at least i will wait 6 months after it releases.

punanisher
punanisher

I was just thinking that the gaming world needs more rhythm games. Especially ones with Kid Rock. /sarcasm

ziv_ew
ziv_ew

whats the fun in air drumming i can do it without a game, the hole point is to drum like a drummer, to have rebound, this is completely useless and probably one of the things that will bring this game down. RB3 FTW

The-Techspert
The-Techspert

The market is already too saturated, theyre a few years too late

Ringx55
Ringx55

It won't be able to beat rockband... sry

ZcF495
ZcF495

Awesome! Now this is what I've been waiting for in the rhythm games industry. Not just an advance in gameplay, but a serious change in the peripherals.