The controversy surrounding the new, upgradeable, next-generation Ultimate Edition of Control was all but stalled – until an obvious bug unlocked that version for some PS4 owners last night.
Numerous existing owners of Control’s Digital Deluxe Edition said they gained ownership of Control’s Ultimate Edition when it was added to PlayStation Store yesterday, as compiled by users on the Resetera forum. The surprise sparked hopes of a change in plans for the next-gen version of Control – until ownership of the Digital Deluxe Edition was just as quickly dumped.
The slip triggered a new round of anger among the fans. The recent wave of complaints has centered on the suggestion that this bug had actually done what Remedy and 505 Games couldn̵
On this basis, the #Control Ultimate Edition is just a bundle and not a completely new product with the aim of unlocking the functions of the next generation.
The reason why this claim cannot be sold separately as a paid upgrade to existing owners is getting thinner. pic.twitter.com/Qh5ZIpx8AJ
– Paul Rustchynsky (@ Rushy33) September 10, 2020
In conclusion, Control’s new £ 35 Ultimate Edition is the only one that allows users to upgrade to the upcoming next-gen version of the game for free (although you can still play the original on next-gen via backward compatibility).
The fact that Remedy and publisher 505 Games decided to release a new version of the game and its DLC instead of offering a free upgrade to all existing owners of the game, and its Season Pass made a splash among fans, the examples for other games and games cherished publishers who manage their own next-generation upgrade plans differently.
While attempting to put out the flames, 505 apologized and recently tried to explain his decision, which got to the point that upgrading its users was complicated. (Some people own the current game but not the season pass, while others buy a next-gen digital-only console and cannot prove they own a physical CD.)
I would guess the error occurred last night when the package of the Ultimate Edition contained contents was organized on the PlayStation Store. It is conceivable that the Digital Deluxe Edition and the Ultimate Edition were mixed up.
Now if you look at the Digital Deluxe Edition of Control in the PlayStation and Xbox stores, it will be listed as a bundle item that includes the original version of Control, the Season Pass and two expansions, as well as a completely separate version of Control for platforms on the next Generation (which contains) is obviously not yet published).
In all of that, Remedy hasn’t said what the next-gen version of Control will actually offer.
Eurogamer asked Remedy and 505 Games for a comment.