Collector’s Editions of some Ubisoft games will no longer have discs for U.K.-based customers — on Xbox, that is. The PlayStation versions will still include disc copies. Yes, that’s certifiably insane that you also have to deal with downloading the game even though you’re paying a huge premium. At least you still get a copy of the game, because it feels like Ubisoft would love to just sell you a box of branded crap for $200.
“Pre-orders for Collector’s Editions of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6 and Watch Dogs: Legion for Xbox will receive a digital key to redeem, instead of a physical disc,” reads a post on Ubisoft’s U.K. support site. “Collector’s Editions for PlayStation will receive physical game discs,” continued the post. This policy applies to three of the biggest AAA releases Ubisoft has planned for this year and beyond.
Ubisoft clarified to Polygon, who originally broke the story, that this does not apply to those customers in North America. This still puts a huge dent in the prospect of the pricey collector’s editions of Valhalla and Far Cry 6, both of which run around $200.
Watch Dogs: Legion, which is due for release on October 29 is coming in at a relatively cheaper $189.99. Then there’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which is set to cme out on November 17. Far Cry 6 is the furthest away with a release date of February 18, 2021.
As of now, there has been no clarification as to why this change is only being made on Xbox versions of these games and only in certain regions. Ubisoft has not made any announcement about this, and we’re only left with speculation about logistics and politics to tide us over.