Like many other recent and upcoming titles, Remedy Entertainment's Control will have a free upgrade option for next-gen consoles. There's a catch, though; players who've already purchased Control for PS4 or Xbox One won't be eligible, as the upgrade is only being introduced for folks who purchase Control Ultimate Edition next month.
Announced today, Control Ultimate Edition will first be released for PC via Steam on August 27 (Control was originally an Epic PC exclusive) and then as a digital purchase on Epic, PS4, and Xbox One on September 10. The Steam release will coincide with the launch of AWE, the second and final expansion for Control.
For $39.99, the Ultimate Edition will include the base game, both expansions, and the Expeditions mode plus all other post-launch content for Control. It's a good value for those who haven't played it yet, but for folks who've already bought Control on current-gen consoles, that's a high asking price for the upgrade to PS5 or Series X.
At least we've got a better idea of when to expect those upgraded next-gen versions of Control-the digital and physical versions won't ship simultaneously "due to various production reasons related to the global pandemic," but publisher 505 Games expects to launch PS5 and Xbox Series X versions digitally at the end of 2020. Physical versions for current-gen will also ship in late 2020, followed by next-gen physical copies in early 2021.
There's also no mention made of Microsoft's Smart Delivery system for next-gen upgrades, which also syncs up the achievements and progress across Xbox consoles for players. It's possible that Control will use similar workarounds for both its PS5 and Series X upgrades.
If you haven't purchased Control yet and were thinking of picking it up for consoles, then you should probably wait until September then. That will mean skipping the launch of the AWE expansion, which we're about to get a gameplay preview of tomorrow. It'll serve as the first major piece of connective tissue for Remedy's new "Connected Universe," which will also continue in a new title being made for next-gen consoles and PC.