Hardcore Halo fans get a ton of stuff in the $250 Halo 5: Guardians Collector's Edition. For starters, they receive a massive statue. Then there is the steelbook case. There's also concept art and in-game content. Fans who purchase the collector's edition will even get to play the game a week early.
But despite throwing down some major cash, fans who purchase this collector's edition won't be getting a physical copy of the game. Instead, it will be a download code.
That hardly seems right — and more than a few diehard Halo fans are upset. Thankfully, Microsoft has heard their outrage and is looking to do something about it. Though the details haven't been worked out quite yet, Microsoft says fans will be able to exchange their code for a disc copy of the game.
"We have heard feedback that some fans prefer a physical disc in the LCE, and we will provide an option for fans to exchange their digital copy for a physical disc at no additional cost," Microsoft said (via Game Informer). "We'll have details to share soon."
In the process, the company also explained why the collector's edition comes with a digital copy of the game in the first place.
"The Limited Collector's Edition will be released on October 20th – a week prior to the official launch date of October 27th for Halo 5: Guardians – and therefore we are including a digital copy of the game so fans will have the benefit of pre-downloading to be ready to play on launch day," Microsoft said.
That reasoning makes sense, but it is still hard to believe Microsoft didn't consider that the biggest Halo fans might want an actual disc with their massive collector's edition. Games are inching more toward the realm of digital-only every day — but sold-out collector's editions like the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Juggernog Edition prove gamers still like physical items and games.