Control Publisher Says It 'Can't Offer A Next-Gen Upgrade To Everyone'

You might recall that publisher 505 Games revealed last week that only the Ultimate Edition of Control (releasing later this year) would be getting a free next-gen upgrade on Xbox Series X and PS5.

Following significant backlash, the publisher has taken to Control's website to issue a more in-depth statement about why the decision was made.

Here's what the company had to say:

"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."

Because of this, 505 has clarified that even if you own the Expansion Packs or the Season Pass for Control, you won't get a free next-gen upgrade unless you also purchase the Ultimate Edition.

However, the company has confirmed that Control will still be entirely backwards compatible on the new systems, but the new version will benefit from the "full advantage of the power and features provided by these new consoles."

"To bring Control to next generation consoles in any form, we had to make some difficult decisions and those came in the form of creating the simplified Control Ultimate Edition product plan we have today.

That we took a while in responding does not mean we have not been listening. We are sorry we couldn’t meet everyone’s expectations and we hope you will continue to support Control. We thank you for your support thus far."

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