505 Games and Remedy Entertainment have revealed Control Ultimate Edition, a bundle that will include Control and its two expansions, The Foundation and AWE. The Ultimate Edition will also give purchasers free upgrades for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X within their console families, an offer that is not being extended to those who have bought the game since its original release.
The Ultimate Edition release is being staggered across various mediums and platforms, with 505 citing the pandemic for distribution difficulties. However, it will be priced at a rather reasonable £29.99 for newcomers.
The release dates are as follows:
- August 27th Steam
- September 10th Epic Game Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (digital)
- End of 2020 PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (physical edition)
- End of 2020 PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (digital)
- Early 2021 PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (physical)
In an associated FAQ, they outline that the Ultimate Edition does offer free upgrades, but other versions of the game do not.
Will Control Ultimate Edition give me access to Control on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5?
We will offer a free next-gen digital upgrade for those who buy Control Ultimate Edition on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For more information on eligibility, stay tuned to our website and community channels.
What if I purchased the original version of Control previously?
The free upgrade path to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 version of Control is only available for Control Ultimate Edition.
Control is currently available for at an RRP of £49.99 (though it has been sold as low as £15.99 on the PS Store just last week), and the Season Pass for £19.99. A Deluxe Edition, which bundles the game together with the Season Pass and Urban Response Gear DLC, is currently on sale for £32.49 with an RRP of £64.99. Despite having ever-so-slightly more content than the Ultimate Edition, it does not offer a next-gen upgrade.
We’ve asked 505 Games if there will be another option for existing owners to get a next-gen upgrade, but given Microsoft’s assertion to developers that upgrades should be free and not paid DLC, we won’t be holding our breath.
Expect a fair few people to be a bit miffed about this on the internet.
Either way, the game is fantastic. In our Control review, Aran wrote:
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.