Battlefield 1’s North American boxed release will contain a download code instead of a disc

Battlefield 1

If you live in North America and you were hoping to own Battlefield 1 on disc, you’re out of luck – it won’t be an option.

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Both Amazon US and Gamestop have the game listed with the caveat “no disc”, and PCGamer managed to get confirmation from EA that this would be the case for the entirety of North America.

“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.”

The disc-based versions, along with the Exclusive Collector’s Edition which comes with a 14-inch statue and some other useless tat, are exclusive to console.

I doubt EA would have taken this decision lightly. The sad fact is, it probably doesn’t make much business sense to print discs in that territory when the lion’s share of sales are digital. If you’re stuck in an area with bad internet speeds though, that probably won’t make it any less pants.

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