When it emerged the Halo 5: Guardians Collector’s Edition wouldn’t include a disc version of the game, instead opting for a digital download code (ideal for us since we hate swapping discs) some players were not happy they wouldn’t get a disc in the $249.99/£199.99 bundle.
At San Diego Comic-Con, franchise development director Frank O’Conner addressed the question when asked about the decision.
The honest answer is that we did a lot of research and we didn’t make that decision lightly. We have a significant number of people who want the game early. And with the digital version, we had to balance that against the production dates for the statue and all that.
And we get it. Nobody thought this announcement was going to happen and would be easy and everyone would be happy. But the reality is humans feel loss more than they feel gain. So some things don’t make up for things you lose.
However, it seems that decision may not be the end of it as O’Conner added
The good news is that we are working on trying to come up with a solution that can make the people who did want a physical disc happy, and we’ll hopefully have more to announce about that at a later time.
O’Conner confirmed that Microsoft and 343 Industries were listening to the feedback of the players
These logistical decisions are super hard. The statues have to ship before the other versions. Some people wanted the digital version. And as we go into this digital and physical transition, while hopefully we’ll have a way to solve that for Halo 5, the industry’s going to change. And the way that people play console games in particular is continuing to evolve more and more towards digital.
But we have this oddity of a big, physical object. So we’re trying to solve that, and we hope that we’ll be able to make everyone who wants what they want as happy as they possibly can. And, again, we’ll have more to announce about that at a later date.
The Halo 5: Guardians Collector’s Edition will be available one week before the game officially releases giving players a week to download the game, players won’t be able to play until release day (27th October) though.
Halo 5: Guardians Collector’s Edition is available for pre-orders and is available on the 20th October for Xbox One. Both the Standard and Limited Editions include a disc version of the game and will be available on the 27th October.