Battlefield 1 will be digital-only on PC in North America

The boxed release of the game will have a code inside, rather than a disc.

Direct your attention to Amazon and you will notice that the PC version of Battlefield 1 is tagged with the notation “No Disc.” Go to GameStop and you'll see the same thing: The only purchase option available to PC owners is a download. That's because, as EA confirmed today, the PC release in North America will only be available digitally. 

“Here in North America, there will be a PC box version that you can buy in stores that will have a code in the box and no disc,” a rep said. “If you buy that same PC box version Internationally, some countries will offer a disc inside.” 

That applies to the standard edition of the game; the “Early Enlister” Deluxe Edition will be exclusively online. And if you had hopes of throwing money (a lot of money) at the “Exclusive Collector's Edition,” which comes with a 14-inch statue, a deck of cards, a cloth poster, a patch, and a messenger pigeon tube with DLC crammed inside, you're out of luck too: It's only being released for consoles. 

It's obviously not great for people with slow connections and/or tight data caps, but the reality is that digital exclusivity is only a small step removed from what's already the norm for major releases: Get the disc, pop it in, and then download most of the game from Steam anyway. Pity about the Collector's Edition, though. I bet that pigeon tube is going to be seriously swanky. 

Battlefield 1 is set to come out on October 21.

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