Many gamers were taken aback when 343 Industries revealed that Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition comes with a download code instead of a physical disc. There is apparently a good reason why the developer chose this path...
With a hefty price of $250, you’d think Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition
would come with a physical copy of the game, but a set timeline prevented 343 from giving people what they wanted.
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Studio Head Josh Holmes stated on twitter
that the situation was “driven by packaging & production timelines.” That is, including a physical copy would have delayed the release of Halo 5: Guardians Collector’s Limited Edition.
There is hope -- for fans that want a physical copy of the game, 343 Industries is working on the situation, with Holme’s adding:
"We know that some fans prefer physical disc and we’re working to provide an option to trade the digital code for a disc."
Microsoft generally prefers download codes for its games, with numerous other Xbox One console bundles omitting a physical copy for a download code, so the situation with Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition
was expected. Are you disappointed?