Ubisoft has announced plans to no longer include instruction manuals in their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games, CNET reports. Shaun White Skateboarding will be the first title to lack a physical manual; instead, a digital manual will be provided in-game. Additionally, Ubisoft will be going to 100% recycled cases for games, starting with Splinter Cell: Conviction on the PC. CNET points out that Ubisoft makes no mention of Wii or DS titles, nor the PSP.
This isn’t the first time that game companies have tried to go green with packaging; Sega dropped plastic cases for cardboard cases in the Sega Genesis days, but since then, companies have gone to the Amaray-style case, most likely out of convenience. Nintendo even made their portable cartridges ship in plastic containers for the first time since the original Gameboy with their Nintendo DS.