Control won’t allow save transfers to PS5 or Xbox Series X|S versions

One of our favourite games of 2019, Control continues to wrap itself in beguiling confusion many months after its celebrated launch.

However, this latest bout of head-scratching has been brought on by the game’s transition to new consoles as opposed to Control’s mind-bending story.


With the suped up Control: Ultimate Edition finally touching down on new consoles in February, developer Remedy Entertainment have been detailing what new features to expect. It’s not all good news though…

The studio’s Communications Director, Thomas Puha, has confirmed that save transfers from last-gen consoles to their newer counterparts won’t be an option when Control: Ultimate Edition launches. So, if you’ve been looking forward to finishing that PS4 playthrough on PS5 – benefitting from the beefed up visuals and performance – you’ll have to start from scratch. Here’s why, according to Puha in a recent tweet:

Save games unfortunately do not transfer over from previous gen to next-gen. The version of our engine in the next-gen Control is way different to the version used in the previous gen Control. Long story short, lot of changes in things like how we handle data etc.

This isn’t something Remedy plan on addressing. When asked if they potentially patch in the option for cross-gen save transfers, Puha answered: “No. Have to move onto future projects.”.

Control: Ultimate Edition will launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S next week on Tuesday, February 2nd 2021. The key upgrades worth mentioning are a 60fps performance mode as well as 30fps mode with ray-tracing enabled. Note that the Xbox Series S is 60fps only with no option for ray-tracing.

Those who have a PlayStation Plus subscription will get Control: Ultimate Edition for free on launch day along with Concrete Genie and Destruction AllStars.

Control was one of our highest scoring games of 2019. Although we’ve known about the new-gen version for some time now, it drew controversy when first announced, 505 Games confirming that it wouldn’t be a free upgrade, Ultimate Edition requiring a separate purchase.

Source: Twitter (@@RiotRMD)