Out of control.
Last week, Control was revealed to be coming to Steam, along with an Ultimate Edition that would also be upgradable to the next generation of consoles. Now publisher 505 Games is doubling down on the fact that those who already own the title will not be able to upgrade to the next-gen.
In their post, 505 Games stated that after "several months" of wondering whether or not they should allow their customers to upgrade to the next-gen, they decided against it, in a decision that wasn't "taken lightly". Apparently, every avenue that they went down there came up with some block where some group or someone ended up as being left out of the upgrade path for various reasons. Since they can't offer the upgrade path to everyone, they think that leaving one group out feels unfair, and that they "understand that this is not what you want to hear."
505 Games included a Q&A in their blog post, a portion of which has been included below:
Will I be able to purchase the Control base game on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, without the additional content?
No. The only version of Control available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will be Control Ultimate Edition.
However, if you have the Control base game, the Expansion Packs or the Season Pass on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One in your collection, you will still be able to play 100% of your game and enjoy an enhanced experience through backwards compatibility.
Does this mean the Season Pass won’t be available to purchase separately on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X?
Correct. All content featured will be available as part of Control Ultimate Edition. The original base game, Expansion Packs and Season Pass will not be sold separately on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X.
The rest of the Q&A essentially has 505 Games stating that owning the Control base game and Season Pass doesn't mean you have the right to be upgraded to Control Ultimate Edition, which definitely sucks for early adapters of Control.
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The only reason that 505 Games isn't offering an upgrade path for PS4 and Xbox One owners because they want them to buy the Ultimate Edition on the PS5 and Xbox Series X. I shouldn't be surprised by this industry, but the amount of hand wringing and about-facing 505 Games is doing to try and justify the fact that they're screwing over their customers is laughable. Just offer the free upgrade, 505 Games. If Ubisoft and other companies can do it, you can do it too.
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