Last year's third-person surreal shooter Control made waves when it announced a next-gen upgrade plan that required purchasing a new version of the game. In a new blog today, publisher 505 Games isn't trying to walk that decision back, but attempting to explain why.
On the Control blog, 505 Games breaks down the decision to limit next-gen upgrades to the new Control Ultimate Edition. The new version of the game collects the base of Remedy's Control as well as its expansions—including its upcoming Alan Wake expansion—into one package, for current and next-gen consoles as well as PC. It's also the only version of the game that will let current-gen players upgrade to next-gen versions.
This runs counter to other publishers' offerings for next-gen upgrades. Games like Madden NFL 21, Cyberpunk 2077, and Assassin's Creed Valhalla have already been confirmed to have next-gen upgrades (called Smart Delivery in Xbox's ecosystem) for free. Control's will require a $40 purchase, even for current owners of the game on current consoles.
In its blog, which turns into a FAQ about the decision, 505 Games says it spent "several months" exploring all of its launch options and "no decision was taken lightly."
"Every avenue we pursued, there was some form of blocker and those blockers meant that at least one group of players ended up being left out of the upgrade for various reasons," the blog states. "As of today, we can’t offer an upgrade to everyone, and leaving any one group out feels unfair. We understand that is not what you want to hear."
505 Games affirms that for current Control owners, the original edition of Control for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be backward compatible when the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X launch. It seems certain though, that if you want to play Remedy's surreal adventure on next-gen consoles in a version made specifically for those consoles, you'll have to buy the Ultimate Edition.