505 Games did something that was said couldn’t be done.
Earlier this week a number of players own that controlIn the Deluxe Edition, it was reported that the recently released Ultimate Edition of the game was apparently secretly added to their PlayStation Network libraries.
When visiting the Ultimate Edition page on PlayStation Store, they were greeted with a download button rather than a buy button. Others who owned the base game and season pass saw the same option to download. A large enough number of players were affected that many shared the good news on Resetera and Twitter.
Neither of these people actually bought the Ultimate Edition, but they all assumed that publisher 505 Games gave them access because they already own all of the content, bought it separately, or as part of the Deluxe Edition.
This only appears to have happened on the PlayStation Store and not in every region. Unfortunately it was a mistake as the buy button was now showing up again and hopes for free next generation upgrades were dashed.
Still, this doesn’t look good for 505 games that have gone to great lengths to explain why nothing could be done to convert the Deluxe Edition to Ultimate and leave those players behind.
Coincidental or not, it at least proves that exactly what 505 Games said wasn’t possible, actually was possible. For reference, the content is identical in the Deluxe and Ultimate editions, but only the latter offers a free next-generation upgrade. Existing owners will need to purchase the Ultimate Edition even if they already have access to the same content if they want to play the game on PS5 or Xbox Series X / S.
We asked 505 Games to clarify what happened and will update the story if we hear anything.