Last week, 505 Games announced Remedy's hit game Control and how it would be coming out on next-generation consoles.
More specifically, they indicated that the existing version of Control would not be available for upgrade to the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions. However, a new version, Control: Ultimate Edition, would be available for $40. Fans were not amused. In a statement today, 505 Games attempted to explain their position.
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.
Every avenue we pursued, there was some form of blocker and those blockers meant that at least one group of players ended up being left out of the upgrade for various reasons. As of today, we can’t offer an upgrade to everyone, and leaving any one group out feels unfair. We understand that is not what you want to hear.
Judging from the comments on 505 Games' Twitter feed, the fans are still not amused. There has been no official word from Remedy on this situation.
Food For Thought
If you were waiting around for a "Game of The Year Edition" of Control, this move would seem to be the product you were waiting for. But if you're one of the early adopters who suffered through the game's teething problems, it understandably feels like you got the short end of the stick.
One would hope Sony and Microsoft take some action against 505 Games to get them to put the customer first, as the console manufacturers are ostensibly trying to do, but it's not certain they can do anything.