Control Snafu shows how a publisher is struggling with next generation upgrades


Last month, 505 Games announced that it was “unfortunately unable to offer all current upgrade paths [console] Control For players “PlayStation 5 and / or Xbox Series S / X enhancements. Today, however, there is a clear temporary snafu showing how simple such a free upgrade can be to many people. Control Players on existing generation systems, at least.

As mentioned in a long ResetEra thread, many players who previously purchased Control The digital deluxe edition on PS4 was a surprise last night when they also owned it Control ultimate Edition. That new version includes the base game, DLC and season pass and one that is “Lay”[s] Full benefit of the power and features provided by these new consoles, ”as 505 Games puts it.
However, within a few hours, the same players noted ownership of their Ultimate Edition and were returned and reverted to the current generation digital deluxe version. That version will not receive any hardware-specific enhancements when playing on the next generation of consoles.
505 Games apparently did not respond to Ars Technica’s comment request on snafu (which may have been due to a simple data-entry error on the PlayStation Store). But the temporary upgrade highlights how simple it will be to upgrade the next generation of consoles to multiple Control Owners.
This is not surprising at all. Lots of other publishers, including Bethesda, Ubisoft and EA, have promised that their recent and / or upcoming PS4 and Xbox One releases will include free upgrades for the next generation console version. Microsoft is emphasizing its “smart delivery” system to help automate this process for the Xbox Series S and X.

what’s the problem?

The 505, however, asserts that it offers a similar free upgrade Control It is very difficult. “While it is challenging to bring any game to the next-gen platform, we quickly realized that our current user base has to be upgraded even more with the full similarity of the platform with our older games on the platform. Was difficult, “the company wrote in a blog post last month.

Chasing every upgrade path 505, the company stated, “This means that at least one group of players is avoiding upgrades for various reasons. As of today, we are not offering upgrades to everyone Can, and leave any one group. Outside seems unfair. We understand that’s not what you want to hear. ”

This may be technically true in some situations. If you bought Control For example, for current-generation consoles on discs, that version will not be compatible with the Xbox 5 series or the digital version of the PlayStation 5, neither of which sport the disc drive required to confirm ownership. Players who buy disk-incompatible hardware will likely go into their purchases aware of that problem.
The game’s expansion packs also complicate things a bit. Giving players with a base version of Control Free ultimate Edition The upgrade would essentially mean giving those players free access to the current and upcoming expansion of the game. And since the full “Ultimate Edition” is the only version 505 being developed for the next generation of consoles, the company says it’s impossible to offer separate base games and expansion upgrades.

As the previous night’s snafu highlights, however, none of these issues apply to players who have purchased the Digital Deluxe Edition Control, Which also includes a full DLC season pass. The same upgrade can be provided for players who purchase base games and season passes (via disc or digital) separately without too much effort (players who purchase existing x a la carte may be out of luck , Logically).

Instead, all these players are paying $ 39.99 to upgrade a year-old game to new hardware. Who still won’t be able to play their current versions Control Through backward compatibility, but in that case the promised “enhanced experience” will be less pronounced than the Fuller next-gen remaster of the final version.

This is a deceptive situation, making everyone more confused by the insistence of 505 because it cannot give Everyone who bought Control A free upgrade, No one Must get a free upgrade. We’ll keep in mind to see if another publisher has caught a similar flat-footed, which could be the most complex console generation transition ever.