In a world of free upgrade paths, it's always weird to come across one that tries to break the norm. Recently, Sony received backlash for a convoluted offering with Horizon Forbidden West, but now it seems 2K Games is following the same road with Tiny Tina's Wonderlands.
If you were hoping to pick up a physical copy of the game and be able to utilise Smart Delivery, it appears that may be wishful thinking. As mentioned on the game's FAQ page, a physical copy of the Xbox One disc "cannot be upgraded to the Xbox Series X version of the game and will not be optimized for Xbox Series X". If you want a physical version that works on both consoles, you'll have to pick up either Tiny Tina's Wonderlands: Next-Level Edition or Tiny Tina's Wonderlands: Chaotic Great Edition.
(The digital version of Tiny Tina's Wonderlands will offer a next-gen upgrade for an "additional cost").
A physical Xbox One game disc of the Tiny Tina's Wonderlands Standard Edition will play on Xbox Series X but it cannot be upgraded to the Xbox Series X version of the game and will not be optimized for Xbox Series X. Physical discs of Tiny Tina's Wonderlands: Next-Level Edition and Tiny Tina's Wonderlands: Chaotic Great Edition will work on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X (with optimized performance on Xbox Series X).
What makes this more frustrating is the fact the PS4 version of the game CAN be upgraded to the PS5 for an additional cost. While it's not ideal, it's offering something that Xbox owners aren't privy to.
A PS4 game disc of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Standard Edition can be upgraded to a digital PS5 copy (which has been optimized for PS5) for an additional cost.
Another interesting note is the FAQ's comments about cross-gen saves. It confirms the option to move your save from PS4 to PS5 is available (although it can't be reversed), but there's no mention on whether this will be coming to Xbox at all. We've reached out to 2K Games for clarification on this point.
It's disappointing to see another convoluted upgrade path, especially when PlayStation users seem to be getting the better end of the deal. If you're looking to pick up the Xbox Series X|S version of the game in physical form, then you may want to double-check you're picking up the right version.
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