owner of control‘s The Digital Deluxe Edition on PlayStation 4 reported Thursday that they had temporary access to the game’s recently launched Ultimate Edition – contradicting a statement publisher 505 Games made in August about why Digital Deluxe owners couldn’t be updated controlVersion for the next generation consoles. Consumers who are already upset about what they consider to be a fishy explanation for upgrades are now even angrier.
Users on some ResetEra threads first noticed access early Thursday morning around the time of Control Ultimate EditionStart at midnight on September 1
Control Ultimate Edition, which includes all of the game’s updates for 2019 and both expansions, was released on August 27th (alongside the SHY Expansion with Remedy’s Alan Wake franchise). The Digital Deluxe Edition, which was available on the game’s original launch date of August 27, 2019, also included access to both expansions, making it practically the same product – just without the free download of the PlayStation 5 version.
“So it doesn’t even seem like a different SKU, but literally the same bundle as what was previously on sale,” wrote ResetEra user eZipsis. “It would be pretty shitty if holders of basic games and season tickets were excluded from this ‘upgrade’.”
On August 20th, 505 Games released a statement as to why only Ultimate Edition players could get the next generation upgrade. “There was some sort of blocker in every path we took, and those blockers resulted in at least one group of players being banned from upgrading for various reasons,” 505 said.
“To date, we can’t upgrade everyone and it feels unfair to skip a group,” the statement added. This means that those who bought a version of control Prior to the Ultimate Edition, $ 39.99 would have to be paid out to get the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X version.
Polygon reached out to a 505 Games representative for additional comments and clarification on what was happening on the PlayStation Store. It is possible that the “groups” the publisher was referring to on August 20th made it possible for PlayStation 4 owners to update easily, but Xbox One or other platforms did not. (In fact, one user pointed out that PSN usually updates base game and season ticket holders when a subsequent edition is launched that combines the two to apparently relieve the PSN store of redundant products.)
About 12 hours later on the PlayStation Store, someone “flipped the switch to prevent previously authorized access,” said ResetEra user Chaserjoey.
“If you’re going to insist I buy it again, 505, at least give me a new trophy list,” commenter Billfisto said, pointing out another way in which the Digital Deluxe and Ultimate Editions on PlayStation are basically the same thing are 4.
Control Ultimate Edition Start on August 27 for Windows PC (via Steam) and on September 10 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC via the Epic Games Store and Xbox One. Physical versions will follow by the end of the year, as will the digital launch of Control Ultimate Edition on PS5 and Xbox Series X.