Rocksmith‘s ho-hum reception from the media has been met with its own criticisms from Ubisoft itself. North American executive director Laurent Detoc recently called out sites that had rated the game down.
“As much as they claim they want innovation, they don’t,” Detoc told Gamasutra. “What I see when I read the reviews is a lack of enthusiasm for something that is new. … We, as human beings, tend to like what we know. But more importantly, we call ourselves gamers. Are we gamers – or players?”
He continued: “[Review sites] are a part of this industry. We need to judge the products for what they are. You can’t compare, say, a Just Dance to an Assassin’s Creed. We can’t expect critics to be experts at everything.”
Ultimately Detoc looked at perceptions of casual games as where the real blame fell. “Casual has been falling in and out of fashion for a while,” he said. “But [casual and core] are businesses that can exist side-by-side. We’re going to continue to make games that appeal to a lot of people who don’t need to be experts with a gamepad. Time will enable us [as an industry] to stop bashing casual games.”
Rocksmith is out now in the US though Europe is still waiting on a 2012 release.