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Update (22:30 GMT): Bethesda has made an update to its Redfall FAQ page to clarify the situation, confirming that the Xbox physical release will ship with a Blu-ray disc. Phew!

Here's the team's updated FAQ answer, which is a little clearer this time around:

"The physical retail version of the Redfall Xbox standard edition does come with a Blu-Ray disc.

The Bite Back Upgrade can be purchased separately. Within the Bite Back Upgrade, you will find a code that grants you the Bite Back Upgrade in-game items. Owners of the Xbox physical version of Redfall who wish to buy the Bite Back Upgrade can do so either digitally or at participating retailers.

The physical retail version of the PC version does not come with a disc of the game. The Xbox standard edition is the only SKU that provides players with a physical disc of the game."

Original Story (18:30 GMT): The days of physical video games feel like they're drawing ever closer to their untimely demise, and this news certainly won't help. Bethesda's upcoming Xbox exclusive Redfall, one of the company's first big releases under Xbox ownership, won't even include a disc at retail according to the game's FAQ page.

Under a 'frequently asked question' titled "What codes do the physical versions of Redfall come with?", Bethesda has revealed that the Xbox version of the game will be a download code, even at retail. Here's the company's answer in full:

"The code contained in the physical PC copies of Redfall are Steam codes.

The physical Xbox copies of Redfall are Xbox Play Anywhere codes which can played on both the Xbox Series X|S and the Microsoft Xbox App on PC."

Unless we're misjudging this response in any way, it seems Xbox and Bethesda are completely forgoing any sort of disc in retail versions of Redfall. We remember Halo Infinite shipping with barely any data on the disc, requiring a huge download to play, but this is the first time we've heard of a major Xbox first party title shipping to retail as a digital code.

While the delivery method for games doesn't matter as much anymore due the frequency of huge post-launch patches, this move highlights one major sticking point: resell value. Xbox is moving to a $70 price point for its AAA games in 2023, starting with Redfall, and it looks like you won't be able to sell the game on after purchase.

If we spot any more clarification on this FAQ update we'll certainly bring you the news, but as things stand, it's looking like Redfall will essentially be a 'code in a box' release at retail.

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