Yesterday EA announced that, in an effort to become more environmentally friendly, it will no longer include printer manuals in game packages. According to EA, this move will reduce printed materials in its packaged goods by 40%.
Now before the fans of printed manuals start to freak out, EA has stated that all future manuals will be released in a digital format. In fact, you will now be able to access the manual while in game via the main menu and pause screens. If you’re like me and prefer read manuals when you’re not playing a game, EA will also make full digital versions available in multiple languages in the game manuals section on EA’s support site.
While I appreciate the effort EA is making to reduce it’s paper usage, I can’t help but think that the extra space in the game package will now be filled with various fliers trying to get you to register the product, buy the game guide, etc.
What do you guys think about this? Will you miss having a physical manual? Do you think this menu-accessible manual thing will take off? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.