Ubisoft abandons paper manuals

Written by Joe Martin

April 20, 2010 // 11:44 a.m.

Tags: #consoles #green #manuals #ps3 #recycling #ubisoft #ubisoft-abandons-paper-manuals #xbox-360

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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