Touted as ‘the complete Control’ package, the Ultimate Edition features the base game, The Foundation and AWE expansions, and all the content released since the game launched last year, including a Photo Mode, and The Expeditions end game mode. Check out the freshly-released trailer below for a sneak peak at what’s in store.
Rather more interestingly for PC players, Control Ultimate Edition also signals the end of the game’s controversial timed exclusivity on the Epic Games Store. For the first time, Control will hit Steam on August 27th to coincide with the release on the AWE Expansion.
Alongside PC, Control Ultimate Edition lands on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but also the next-gen consoles, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Those that purchase the Ultimate Edition on current-gen consoles can pick up a free ‘digital’ upgrade to the next-gen version when it arrives later this year.
Bizarrely, 505 and Remedy says owners of the original console version of Control are being left out and aren’t eligible for the free upgrade path to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. It’s a pretty raw deal for those who’ve purchased the base game and the two subsequent expansions individually (or invested in the Season Pass). Control is a stellar game, but no game warrants double-dipping, especially when there’s a next-gen upgrade ready and waiting.
Frustrating as it may be, expect much more of these restrictive policies as the next-gen consoles’ launch looms ever closer. It also further confuses how backward compatibility will work and whether the original version of Control will play the same as the next-gen Ultimate Edition, albeit without the additional content.
Given Control Ultimate Edition arrives on so many platforms and formats, some yet to launch, 505 Games is taking a staggered release approach. The publisher says, ‘We are unfortunately unable to ship both digital and physical editions at the same time due to various production reasons related to the global pandemic.’
Here are the dates when Control Ultimate Edition arrives on each respective platform:
• August 27th – Steam
• September 10th – Epic Game Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (digital)
• End of 2020 – PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (physical edition)
• End of 2020 – PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (digital)
• Early 2021 – PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (physical)
As for pricing, a press release states that Control Ultimate Edition is available for the ‘supernatural price’ of £29.99 or $39.99 for those across the pond.
Remedy also announced it’s hosting a special stream with creative director Sam Lake and game director Mikael Kasurinen over on Twitch tomorrow, August 13th, at 5 pm BST. They’ll reportedly offer an exclusive look at the first 15-minutes of the AWE expansion and ‘explore the award-winning studio’s approach to storytelling, touching upon the “Remedy Connected Universe”.’