Control Isn't Coming to Xbox Game Pass After All [Update]

Control Isn't Coming to Xbox Game Pass After All [Update]

Xbox Head Phil Spencer indicated that it was, but Remedy says otherwise.

Update: Remedy Entertainment has released a statement via Twitter saying that "the information about Control coming to Xbox Game Pass as reported on a recent Mixer stream is incorrect."

Update 2: A spokesperson for Microsoft has also provided a statement:

We're aware that "Control" was mentioned as coming to the Xbox Game Pass library and can confirm this was in error. While we are always updating the library and looking for new ways to provide our members with value and choice in their games, we do not have plans to bring "Control" to the library at this time.

The original article continues below.


If you've heard good things about Remedy Entertainment's latest game but haven't taken your first steps into the Federal Bureau of Control just yet, you may want to wait. Xbox head Phil Spencer says that "hopefully more people will play" Control when it comes to the Xbox Game Pass subscription service.

On a preview stream for Xbox's 2019 Extra Life charity event, Spencer—who just yesterday also dropped a hint about Project Scarlett's backwards compatibility—mentioned Control as one of his favorites of the year and let slip that it's slated for a Game Pass release:

Spencer doesn't specify whether Control is just slated to join Game Pass on the Xbox One, or if it could also make the list of Game Pass titles for PC. We have reached out to Remedy and Microsoft for additional details but have not heard back prior to publication.

Mike, in USG's review of Control, says that the game "continues the basic formula that Remedy Entertainment has been playing with for all these years—third-person action with a hint of unreality—but it feels like the studio has reached its final form." Upon release, Control's performance on base consoles and even the PS4 Pro left a lot to be desired; it's been somewhat improved since, and Remedy has also added a free photo mode on all platforms. Another free update adding a new challenge mode is scheduled for release this month, and two pieces of premium single player content (including what looks to be an Alan Wake crossover) are coming in 2020.

In a recent interview with our sister site GamesIndustry.biz, Remedy CEO Tero Virtala revealed that Control's budget was less than €30 million. "Therefore, even though Control didn't have chart-topping sales right from the get go, we are in a good position with steady sales," says Virtala. Perhaps getting Control on Game Pass and picking up nominations at the Game Awards will help it do a bit better than "steady."

For more on Control, check out our guides section and (once you've completed the story) read our postmortem with Remedy narrative designer Brooke Maggs.

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