Even a few years ago, the idea of a games publisher abandoning bricks and mortar stores for a triple-A release would be considered madness. Yet, Warner Bros. Interactive has no plans to distribute the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight via physical channels and will be available online only in the UK.
In a statement to MCV UK, the company confirmed that while everyone else will get boxed copies of the game for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, users on the latter platform in the UK will have to go digital for their copies.
Perhaps WB looked at the numbers and decided it was worth testing the waters with Arkham Knight. Given the massive success of the franchise, it can probably afford to see if pure digital sales make up for — and even exceed — the costs of putting out a boxed copy.
If it goes well, we might see other big publishers move their PC business to the realms of the internet, though I think we all know this is going to happen eventually.