French videogame titan Ubisoft is intent on being a big player in greening the industry. Ubisoft announced on Monday that it is doing away with paper manuals traditionally included with videogames crafted for play on Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation 3 consoles.
The firm behind the blockbuster “Assassin’s Creed” and “Tom Clancy” franchises expects this fiscal year it will spare more than 2,300 trees by eliminating six million paper manuals in videogame packages. Great move by Ubisoft. If a company can avoid using trees and take advantage of the benefits in going digital, then the better.
In a move made possible with nods from Microsoft and Sony, digitized manuals will be included on disks that hold game software. In March, they switched to in-game manuals for titles crafted for play on personal computers in North America.
Ubisoft is also shifting to using only recycled plastic for cases holding titles made for play on personal computers.