In a recent interview with PC Gamer, an EA Rep has confirmed that the PC release of Battlefield 1 will only be available digitally – so basically, without a disc. The rep is quoted as saying:
“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… If you buy that same PC box version Internationally, some countries will offer a disc inside.”
So it sounds like it isn’t just limited to North America, as the comment “some countries will offer a disc” implies that other countries will be going down the digital only route. If you view the game on Amazon (USA) the website clearly states “NO-DISC”, however the Amazon (UK) site shows it as having a DVD.
It’s more and more common now for desktop PC’s to come without a disc-drive, so this could be aimed at this growing audience, as obviously those with a disc-drive can also download it, but this wont be good news for those with data-caps or slow web-connections – however this kinda feels like EA is playing catch up with Valve, as you tend to just download games through Steam whether you have the disc or not.
Regardless, Battlefield 1 is due to be released on October 21st, (October 18th if you pre-order the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition) for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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