Battlefield 1 for PC will be a digital-only release in North America0 Comments
In a move that will possibly frustrate more traditionally-minded game consumers, Electronic Arts have announced that the PC version of Battlefield 1 will be available exclusively as a digital download. PC gamers will still be able to pick up a box for the game at their local retailer, but the box will contain a download code in leiu of a disc, which some believe defeats the purpose of a releasing a retail edition to begin with.
"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," an EA representative said to PC Gamer. "If you buy that same PC box version Internationally, some countries will offer a disc inside."
This kind of release is very much in line with a modern way of thinking about software distribution. Many games have substantial Day 1 patches that are essential to the function of the software, after all, and some games even revert to Steam downloads despite the availability of a disc.
While concerns over compatibility, longevity, and the tug-of-war between access to and true ownership of software will likely never cease, perhaps gamers should at least be happy they can still find games on shelves at local retailers. A day may soon come where such an idea seems ludicrous.
Battlefield 1 will be digital-only on PC in North America, PC Gamer