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From Kojima's Confidentiality to the Manual's Demise - News Roundup 20th April 2010

Jonathan Lester
Bionic Commando, FarmVille, Games news, Kojima, Marvel Vs Capcom, Ubisoft

Ubisoft Swaps Paper Manuals for Digital Downloads

From Kojima's Confidentiality to the Manual's Demise - News Roundup 20th April 2010

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

From Kojima's Confidentiality to the Manual's Demise - News Roundup 20th April 2010

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"

From Kojima's Confidentiality to the Manual's Demise - News Roundup 20th April 2010

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

From Kojima's Confidentiality to the Manual's Demise - News Roundup 20th April 2010

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]

Add a comment7 comments
Gunn  Apr. 20, 2010 at 16:35

I too have fond memories of instruction manuals, but being sensible including the manual in the game makes plenty sense, for handiness and cost savings.
So here is the first step, remove the manual, next step remove the disc!

Matt Gardner  Apr. 20, 2010 at 18:46

There was a time when I used to methodically always go through the instruction manual before playing, both to read up on everything and also as a form of deferred gratification I suppose. But nowadays if a development team has put in a half decent tutorial, or integrated such elements into initial gameplay then you're more or less sorted.

Robert Turner  Apr. 21, 2010 at 09:25

The vestigial manuals we have nowadays aren't up to much anyway, can't say I'd miss them much. Now as for real manuals that had actual details beyond the controls, yes, I miss them as much as the other posters. But those manuals went away for the most part with the old big boxes. Now manuals have to fit into a DVD case. I don't think the Civ2 manual would be very compatible with that now.

ODB  Apr. 21, 2010 at 09:39

agreed...manuals nowadays arent much anyway, 9/10 times nowadays they are completely pointless and serve no use. The only manuals I ever read now are the GTA ones which are always good for a laugh

Brendan Griffiths  Apr. 21, 2010 at 09:50

I miss manuals. You never get them with review code. Eventually all games will look like that. No cover and a small CD case. I think Ubisoft should get chopping at those trees.

Anyways pausing a game and finding the control map takes longer than having a manual open next to you, so it won't be easier. Tight bastards

parpparp  Apr. 22, 2010 at 13:09

At least a "supplementary downloadable addendum" better than a suppository uploadable duodenum.

Jonathan Lester  Apr. 22, 2010 at 16:54



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