Losing Control… to 2021
So perhaps we can forgive them pushing the Ultimate Edition of Control for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S into next year?
An update from the development team: Control Ultimate Edition will arrive on next generation platforms early 2021.
We want the final quality of the game to be awesome, and so we need a bit more time to work on it. Thank you for your understanding and patience!
— Remedy Entertainment (@remedygames) November 6, 2020
It’s but an announcement, and although it intimates further optimisation needs to be done, the reasons for the delay aren’t exactly clear. This has been the year of delays in games and beyond due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic forcing teams into remote working setups and otherwise disrupting all of our lives in a major way.
Control: Ultimate Edition is expected to seek graphical (including ray-tracing) and frame rate parity with the PC version, but I imagine the differences between the PS5 and Xbox Series consoles, as well as between the Xbox Series X and less powerful Series S, mean there’s plenty of work in the next-gen upgrade.
It gained (and retains) some notoriety for being one of the only next-gen updates that isn’t automatically free for those transitioning to the new consoles. If you bought the game and its season pass instead of waiting to buy (or making an additional purchase of) the Control: Ultimate Edition on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, you’re fresh out of luck in claiming a complimentary upgrade. It’s still a baffling decision in how it punishes early adopters.
This means you have even more time to get the last-gen version of Control Ultimate Edition, which was released earlier this year. It has both previously released Expansions (The Foundation and AWE) included. As seems customary now for anything Control, however, it came with some minor controversy and weirdness when it couldn’t fit onto a single Xbox One disc, but could on a PS4.