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Control Publisher Explains Why You Need Ultimate Edition for Next-Gen Upgrade

505 Games offers an explanation on why current owners of Control won't receive free upgrade to PS5 and Xbox Series X version.

On its way to celebrate first anniversary of launch, action-adventure game Control from developer Remedy Entertainment and publisher 505 Games was received with critical-acclaim and multiple "Game of the Year" accolades.

Following announcement of Control: Ultimate Edition, current players on consoles were really confused about its next-gen upgrade paths and 505 Games unsuccessfully attempts to explain everything in details via a recent Blog post.

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Control Publisher Explains Why You Need Ultimate Edition for Next-Gen Upgrade

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Ultimate Edition comes bundled with Control base game, two DLC expansion packs, Expeditions endgame mode, Photo Mode and all content updates released since launch with free next-gen console upgrade for people who purchase it.

When 505 Games officially revealed that only owners of Ultimate Edition will receive a free upgrade for enhanced versions on next-gen consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, early adopters were taken aback by their decision.

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505 Games has offered a statement lately over their controversial decision about Control: Ultimate Edition.

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.

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505 Games claims to have pursued all options to find a way to offer enhanced upgrades for new consoles to current players across all platform and end up concluding after a while that at least one group will eventually be left out regardless.

Those who bought Control, its expansions or Season Pass on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One for full price are not entitled to free next-gen upgrades but will be able to play them on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X using backward compatibility.

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Players who paid for a copy of Control last year are now being punished by company policy of publisher 505 as only way for existing customers to receive upgraded version for new consoles is to buy Ultimate Edition that costs only $39.99.

505 Games stating to have trouble over porting a year-old game to new consoles sounds more like a poor excuse when Bethesda already announced to release free upgrades at next-gen launch for Doom Eternal and Elder Scrolls Online.

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Major publishers in video game industry are approaching next-gen upgrades in various different ways. Whereas studios like CD Projekt Red and Ubisoft are planning to offer free upgrades, 2K Games will charge $10 more than usual price.

Control: Ultimate Edition will be heading over to Steam on August 27 and arrives on Epic Games Store next month. Digital edition for PS4 and Xbox One version comes out on September 10, followed by physical copies by end of next year.