Control publishers 505 Games have released a statement explaining their policy regarding the game’s next-gen upgrades. They’d initially announced that only those who purchase the game’s Ultimate Edition will get the upgraded PS5 and Xbox Series X versions for free.
Control Publishers 505 Games Say “Blockers” Prevented Them From Offering Free Next-Gen Upgrades
“We spent several months exploring all of our launch options for Control Ultimate Edition and no decision was taken lightly. While it is challenging bringing any game to next gen platforms, we quickly realised it was even more difficult to upgrade our current user base to next gen with full parity across platforms with our year-old game,” they wrote.
They mention that the reason behind this decision was due to the presence of some “blockers”. These blockers seemingly prevented them from allowing players who already own Control and all its DLC to upgrade to the game’s next-gen version. 505 Games’ statement doesn’t mention what these blockers are specifically.
Control Ultimate Edition Will Take Advantage Of Next-Gen Consoles
They do mention that they are doing additional development for Control Ultimate Edition, though. That development is what will seemingly let this version of the game take advantage of the power of next-gen consoles.
The rest of their statement then goes on to answer some questions that players may have regarding the Ultimate Edition. They mention that players who already own Control can still play it on next-gen consoles through backward compatibility. This includes players who own just the base game, as well as those who have the added content.
Difference Between Control Ultimate Edition And Backward Compatible Version Is Unclear
However, the statement doesn’t clarify what the difference will be between the next-gen versions of the game and the backward compatible versions. My interpretation of this is that Control Ultimate Edition is essentially a remaster of the original game.
The Xbox One and PS4 weren’t backward compatible with the previous generation. That did change in the Xbox One’s case, but they launched with no backward compatibility. So, we saw a lot of remastered releases of older titles this generation. This includes titles like Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, etc.
The problem with this, though, is that the original Control is barely a year old. On top of that, many other publishers are delivering next-gen versions of their games for free. This includes names like Ubisoft, EA, and CD Projekt Red. So, it’s understandable that those who purchased Control when 505 Games decided to sell it feel cheated.