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Ubisoft abandons paper manuals

Ubisoft abandons paper manuals

Ubisoft has decided to save money and cut waste by abandoning paper manuals for console games.

Ubisoft has announced that it will soon be abandoning paper manuals completely for console games and will move to a new digital manual that will be available through main menus.

Ubisoft's first paperless game will be Shaun White's Skateboarding. Also, the press release announced that Ubisoft is working on Shaun White's Skateboarding for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

PC games meanwhile will be getting a new type of game packaging, called 'EcoTech', which is basically a recycled DVD case. The first game to use these cases will be the PC release of Splinter Cell: Conviction.

The digital manuals should offer all the same content as their paper equivalents, as well as offering scope for extra stuff, like brief example video or audio guides to increase accessibility.

Given that Ubi is rolling the new manuals out with Shaun White's Skateboarding, there's a brief and hilarious quote from the young snowboarder too - he claims to be "pretty stoked" about it. Dude.

"It's pretty cool that Ubisoft is making a conscious effort to go green with its new video game packaging," White said in a canned statement. "I'm excited for my new skateboarding game to come out and stoked that it will be the very first Ubisoft game to be part of their green packaging initiatives."

Although the plan will definitely save Ubisoft some money and cut down on waste the manual announcement only applies to PS3 and Xbox 360 games, apparently. There's no mention of the DS, Wii or PSP games that make up the bulk of Ubi's gaming catalogue at the moment.

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proxess 20th April 2010, 12:55 Quote
Bit: Dude! Ubisoft is actually doing something right!
Me: Duuuuuuuuuude...
steveo_mcg 20th April 2010, 13:15 Quote
I miss flight sim manuals, enough detail fly the actual plane irl. Not that i really read them i generally just trundled off down the tarmac.
nukeman8 20th April 2010, 13:18 Quote
what's the betting they don't lower the cost down however.

Game manuals haven't been any good in years. My favourites were the ones for games like baldurs gate, proper heavy things you could plot a murder with
mi1ez 20th April 2010, 14:18 Quote
^ bludgeoning manuals?
pizan 20th April 2010, 14:18 Quote
I like being able to read the controls while playing, not having to pause to see them.
battles_atlas 20th April 2010, 14:52 Quote
What the hell will I read whilst its installing?
alpaca 20th April 2010, 15:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by battles_atlas
What the hell will I read whilst its installing?
+1
NethLyn 20th April 2010, 15:38 Quote
I suppose when they move this over to their PC games (unless they've done it already) the attitude will be "print it if you want it". For console peeps I suppose it's an unwelcome export from budget PC gaming when the title fell to a fiver - but it's good to move to recycled boxes, can't argue with that since I've got over 150 of the damn things...
V3ctor 20th April 2010, 15:38 Quote
:/ I work on a paper mill, better go on search for another job... I think that there are things that shouldn't change. If I buy a game in Steam, of course I'll have everything in a digital way.
But I have friends that buy games physically just to have the box, the dvd, and the manual with the game art or the controls/ troubleshooting guide...
I understand that we have to save the world and save trees, but to me there are these small things like these manuals that are more of a loss to the product than a win situation.

(I'm not British, please excuse if I didn't explain myself well enough)
NethLyn 20th April 2010, 15:44 Quote
Your English is better than some I've read on BT from natives :)

I was just noting the fact that there were already no manuals for £1-£5 2nd/3rd release budget titles, on the PC (in the UK). If Ubi wants up to 40 quid for a console game and I can't have a manual, do I need to bother with that title? It also sounds like they want to sell more strategy guides if that's the case.

Mind you this is Ubi Soft we're talking about, they will impose any new idea guaranteed to hack off as many people as possible. You only need to start looking for a new job when the RPG and historical strategy makers decide to follow suit, as that's one sector of gaming that I couldn't see settling for less than a printed manual (unless buying from Steam as you say).
PureSilver 20th April 2010, 16:00 Quote
Strategy guides must be printed on paper, so that the defeated user can have it open in front of them as they try the rising-water puzzle in HL2 for the fourteenth time. Game manuals, on the other hand, I find to be a waste of space. Good on Ubi for saving the planet one glossy booklet at a time. Now, if only they could make a start on the rest of their business practice...
Lockon Stratos 20th April 2010, 16:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by battles_atlas
What the hell will I read whilst its installing?

Personally - I usually find a good porno mag will suffice....

in any case not shipping with manuals is not much of a loss - most games already have it in PDF format on the CD/DVD itself anyway.
Fizzban 20th April 2010, 16:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by battles_atlas
What the hell will I read whilst its installing?

The .pdf manual off the install disc lol.
shaffaaf27 20th April 2010, 17:24 Quote
alt tab and read the pdf?
Farting Bob 20th April 2010, 17:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by NethLyn
If Ubi wants up to 40 quid for a console game and I can't have a manual, do I need to bother with that title? It also sounds like they want to sell more strategy guides if that's the case.
They will just include the manual on the disc, most likely in pdf. Like practically every game of the last 10 years. On console games it'll likely just mean adding another button on the main screen. Really i cant imagine not having a physical copy of the manual will be a deal breaker for more than a handful of people.
PingCrosby 20th April 2010, 17:44 Quote
I like manuals..and I like boxes..and I like Games on discs that I can keep...and dig out years later to peruse at my leisure.
Twodijits 20th April 2010, 17:47 Quote
I wonder if they will also remove the multiple pieces of marketing literature packed into every game in their efforts to go green. Somehow I doubt they will.
duc 20th April 2010, 17:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by battles_atlas
What the hell will I read whilst its installing?
Quote:
Ubisoft has announced that it will soon be abandoning paper manuals completely for console games...
l3v1ck 20th April 2010, 18:19 Quote
I've always liked paper manuals. I just find them easier to use. Just as I find paper books easier to read than ebooks.
wuyanxu 20th April 2010, 18:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by battles_atlas
What the hell will I read whilst its installing?
you still install games?

HL2 was the first without manual, and don't see a lot of people have problem with it. Steam lemon-FTW!
mikeuk2004 20th April 2010, 20:06 Quote
Manuals in games have been very poor over the last few years. They dont even explain the full hud these days which can be very confusing. Ive completed games and never knew what a certan energy bar did or was for.
Farfalho 21st April 2010, 11:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by proxess
Bit: Dude! Ubisoft is actually doing something right!
Me: Duuuuuuuuuude...

+1 ROFL
Dedlite 21st April 2010, 17:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lockon Stratos
Quote:
Originally Posted by battles_atlas
What the hell will I read whilst its installing?

Personally - I usually find a good porno mag will suffice....

'Quick! This game's installing - I'll go have a wank then'

Hmmm...
SazBard 21st April 2010, 17:58 Quote
bloody cheapskates.

I miss the good old C64 days, big boxes, big manuals.
Who ever had F19 Stealth Fighter? Massive manual, 2 A3 double sided colour maps, and keyboard overlay.

They don't make 'em like they used to :(

/Me slopes off to listen to my Twisted Sister LPs.
SMIFFYDUDE 21st April 2010, 18:35 Quote
Manuals have been largly usless since games started being packaged in DVD cases.

Screw the environment and give me boxed games with large heavy manuals. :p
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