Certain decisions leave people scratching their heads, and then there’s some that you scream “What are you doing?!” Well, the decision by 505 Games to restrict the next-gen update for Control behind the upcoming Ultimate Edition falls under the latter.
The decision to block Control’s next-gen update is flat out wrong. There’s really no other way to put it. Control originally released almost a full year ago on August 27, 2019, and there are millions who have supported the same since. So based on this decision, all the people who already bought the game and supported it will be left in the dust. We’ve already seen other games, such as Cyberpunk 2077, announce that next-gen updates will be free so it’s certainly not absurd to expect it for everything else.
This move by 505 Games reeks of a selfish money-grab, which will not only alienate and anger the people who’ve supported Control since day one, but may also turn off others who haven’t experienced Control yet. I fall under the category of not having played Control yet, and quite frankly, I don’t want to give my money to a publisher that would pull a stunt like this. 505 Games is shooting themselves in the foot and welcoming bad PR with open arms. There isn’t one positive way to spin “Hey, if you already bought our game and the DLC, well, that sucks you have to buy it again for the update.” The only way they can even begin to get back in the good graces of their fans is to immediately redact this decision and offer the update for free.
505 Games could’ve avoided all of this. Remember when 2K announced that the next installment of NBA will cost $69.99 on PS5 and Xbox Series X? Well, 2K’s plan for a next-gen update was that you’d have to purchase the Mamba Forever Edition for $99.99 in order to get the next-gen access. Seeing the negative reaction to 2K’s decision, it’s extremely frustrating and confusing why 505 would do the exact same thing, if not worst. At least in 2K’s defense, NBA 2K21 is a “new” game. It’s almost poetic irony that the Ultimate Edition is scheduled to release on the one-year anniversary of it’s original release date. So basically, 505 Games wants people to potentially re-buy Control just for a slight graphical upgrade. Talk about a swing and a miss.
The other thing you have to consider is this: Control was a fantastic game — one that had people buzzing when the expansion was announced. This bit of Control next-gen upgrade news just kills the hype for that, and what’s worse, could potentially tarnish the franchise’s name before it even gets a proper sequel! People won’t forget about this, and Control will be forever tied to this misstep rather than being remembered for being a great action game.
Launch windows for next-gen consoles have always been a bit spotty, and this certainly doesn’t help. Not only is it already a bad move to charge people for something they already have, but in the middle of a pandemic? Make it make sense, 505 Games. There’s only one way you can rectify this situation: give everyone who already owns Control the next-gen update for free and call it a day. If not, don’t be surprised by the onslaught of disgust behind this greedy decision.