Update: Ubisoft has reached out to Polygon to clarify that this doesn't apply to North American Collector's Editions - physical discs will be provided for all platforms in that region.
Original story: This is a bit of a strange one! Ubisoft has revealed that anyone who pre-orders the Collector's Editions of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6 and Watch Dogs: Legion will receive digital codes rather than physical discs for those games on Xbox - but the same doesn't apply to PlayStation.
Here's what the official Ubisoft support website says about it:
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.
Collector's Editions for PlayStation will receive physical game discs.
The remaining content of your Collector’s Edition will still arrive through the post as normal.
To be completely clear, the Collector's Editions of these games are only available exclusively from the Ubisoft Store, and come packed with a whole bunch of extra goodies at at a premium price. As far as we know, the physical Standard and Gold editions available at a wide variety of retailers aren't affected by this.
But even so, this one's left us scratching our heads! Why do you think Ubisoft has decided to ditch physical discs for Xbox exclusively? Share your theories with us in the comments!