Ubisoft Swaps Paper Manuals for Digital Downloads
Ubisoft have announced that they will be transitioning to downloadable digital game manuals instead of physical paper media. This is a shrewd business move since since it improves the publisher's environmental image, public image (which is at an all-time low thanks to the ongoing DRM snafu) and reduces printing costs. After all, most games integrate a full tutorial into the first level...so why bother including a redundant instruction manual?
On the other hand, I've got find memories of buying a game and reading the manual on the bus on the way home- and I miss the beastly tomes that used to be included with PC titles. If other publishers follow suit, an entire generation will be denied this simple joy. Many publishers have been publishing slim manuals with a supplementary downloadable addendum...so is this the beginning of the end for the humble instruction booklet?[1UP]
Is it time to abandon the paper manual and go green? Let us know what you think in the comments!
MvC3 and Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 Confirmed
We recently presented you some choice rumours that managed to slip through Capcom's news embargo: namely, the possibility of a next-gen Marvel vs Capcom and Bionic Commando sequel (courtesy of Planet Xbox360). Both of these rumours have now been confirmed thanks to leaked trailers in the wake of the Captivate closed-doors press event.
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is happening. Check out the leaked trailer here (before it gets yanked later today). Whilst it's just a CG teaser, it does confirm that fan favourites such as Wolverine, Iron Man and the Hulk will be making an appearance... as well as Resident Evil's Chris Redfield. Seriously, watch the teaser while you can!
- Bionic Commando Rearmed, the XBLA and PSN sidescroller, will be getting a sequel. Check out the leaked trailer here (before it gets yanked later today). Whilst this isn't a full sequel to the mediocre 3D offering, this is actually much better. Rearmed is one of the highest-rated downloadable titles and deserves another outing... though we're a little confused by the fact that our titular hero can now jump.
Kojima Starts work on another "Confidential Project"
Hideo Kojima has been making a lot of noise about his current secret "taboo" project that may or may not contain mechs (possibly Zone of the Enders 3?). However, it seems that he's going to shelve this project for the moment in order to focus on another game.
“I’m going to leave my next project to the side while I focus on the “Confidential Project.”
The eccentric dev is working polishing up Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (ahead of its immanent Japanese release) and working on the multiplatform MGS Rising. As I've said before, Kojima is almost impossible to predict... so I'm not even going to try. What do you reckon this latest project might be? [VG247]
FarmVille to Infest Mobile Platforms
FarmVille, the insidious Facebook agriculture simulator and national thief of time, will probably be expanding to several mobile platforms. Superannuation has discovered the registration of several suggestive domains including farmvilleipad.com, farmvilleandroid.com, farmvilleiphone.com and farmvillesms.com; which implies that we'll be seeing Zynga's first foray into the mobile market. Want to waste hours of your life staring at a banal ... even when you're not at your computer? There'll soon be an app for that. [Superannuation via Kotaku]