UPDATE: Remedy say Phil has misspoken and Control is not coming to Game Pass. Original story below this Tweet.
The information about Control coming to Xbox Game Pass as reported on a recent Mixer stream is incorrect. We have no news or announcements regarding Xbox Game Pass at this time.
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Did… did Phil Spencer just say that Control is coming to Xbox Game Pass? I think he did, you know.
As picked up by Nibel on Twitter, the Head of Xbox Phil Spencer – and proud owner of a Project Scarlett console at home – was chatting through an Extra Life stream on Mixer and let slip that Remedy Entertainment’s latest is coming to Microsoft’s gaming subscription service.
— Nibel (@Nibellion) December 5, 2019
“I thought Control was really good,” Phil said. “I think it did… it didn’t reach enough people, so I’m glad to see it’s coming in to Game Pass. So hopefully more people will play it, because it’s a game that should be played from our friends at Remedy.”
Nothing has been officially confirmed, but Microsoft recently revealed the line up of games being added in December, which went quite a bit beyond the 35 games that were announced at XO19. That list already included some huge games like The Witcher 3 and Final Fantasy XV, so they’ve obviously been keeping some deals secret, or signing up even more stuff to put on the service.
While we don’t know the kinds of terms and agreements that Microsoft have with their partners, Game Pass has become an increasingly popular subscription platform for third parties, even for relatively recent games. Control was not a chart topping smash, as alluded to by Phil, and so Remedy and publisher 505 Games will be keen to bring it to more people to turn a larger profit.
That said, Remedy’s CEO has spoken up about the game’s budget. Coming in at just under €30 million, it’s far from the most expensive development cycle. Not only that, but the budget will have been heavily offset by the Epic Games Store exclusivity deal, which saw Epic pay €9.49 million for timed exclusive rights on the platform.
CEO Tero Virtala said to Games Industry, “We don’t quite require the same huge lifetime numbers as many other games with bigger development budgets.”
Furthermore, with digital sales, a long tail of profits is eminently possible. “Control continues to sell,” he said, “which is good. It has the proven high-quality and uniqueness, and the word-of-mouth that keeps growing. There is still a big audience out there that hasn’t yet heard of Control. These are all factors that support the longer-term sales.”
Speaking of which, our own word on the game is that it’s ruddy fantastic. Catch our Control review here, in which Aran said, “Control is one of the best story-focused single player games in years. Its unique mix of surrealism, sci-fi and mystery draws you in, but doesn’t give everything away, and the combat is fantastically varied and provides just enough challenge. A culmination of everything that went before, Control is Remedy’s magnum opus.”
It’s definitely a game worth checking out, though you might like to wait for it to drop in Xbox Game Pass if you have the console.
Source: Nibel (Twitter)