Will move to in-game instructions
In a move that the company claims is an effort to be greener, Ubisoft will ditch the typical user’s manual included with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 titles for in-game instructions. The company claims that the in-game instructions will be more extensive than we have seen in the past.
While the company is claiming that the effort will save trees, we are not so convinced that this is the only thing that it will save. Sources claim that companies spend a lot of money to print the four-color, bound manuals that are included with titles and the elimination of these manuals will actually save the company a great deal of money, as well.
In addition to the manuals, Ubisoft is also moving to an eco-friendly case, as well. The first game to use the new case will be the PC release of Splinter Cell: Conviction. The upcoming release of Shaun White Skateboarding will be the first title for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that will ship with the manual in the digital format within the game. Our sources tell us that publishers will be watching this very closely to see if consumers are willing to buy games without the printed manual. From our perspective, while it may be old school, we prefer the printed manual as it is easier to study the manual and refer to it while pausing the game.
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