During a live stream on Mixer, Phil Spencer, vice-president of gaming at Microsoft, stated that Control was coming on Xbox Game Pass. Now, the news has been denied by Remedy, the developer of the game. This new title combines elements from Remedy’s previous games, but features a completely new storyline and a female protagonist, Jesse. Control takes place in Manhattan, where Jesse is trying to solve unresolved mysteries from her childhood. She also has to deal with a clandestine government agency called The Federal Bureau of Control, headquartered in The Oldest House. A tale as old as time, really.
Announced at E3 2018, the game was surrounded by a lot of hype, to the point that it was one of the most anticipated games last summer. It had a very positive response from critics who pointed out some of its small flaws, but mostly agreed that they don’t prevent the player from enjoying the game. Its supernatural but engaging story is one of the elements that got praised the most by the industry experts, along with the tight gun combat and great supporting cast.
Phil Spencer, the boss of Xbox, recently stated that Control would be available on Xbox Game Pass in the future. This confirmation happened during a live stream on Mixer where Spencer reportedly said that he likes the game a lot, but it hasn’t reached enough players yet. He added that more people will play Control when it’s available on Game Pass, making many fans think that the deal between Remedy and Xbox had been closed.
The news probably excited several gamers who own an Xbox, but it was quickly denied by Remedy’s staff. On December 5th, the game’s developer replied with a Tweet to the many inquiries from the fans, stating that the information provided by Spencer is “incorrect“. The Tweet clarifies that Remedy has “no news or announcements regarding Xbox Game Pass at this time,” so it looks like players will still need to purchase the game as a standalone rather than having it included in their Game Pass subscription.
The information about Control coming to Xbox Game Pass as reported on a recent Mixer stream is incorrect. We have no news or announcements regarding Xbox Game Pass at this time.
— Control (@ControlRemedy) December 5, 2019
It’s obvious that a successful game like Control would be a great addition to Game Pass, and maybe it would even encourage the fans to purchase a subscription to the Microsoft service. Also, since it’s estimated that most Xbox Game Pass owners experiment with video game genres they’ve never played before, the subscription could encourage skeptical players to discover Control‘s unconventional storyline. The popular game may not be coming to Game Pass in the near future, but this won’t stop players’ interest and curiosity towards it.
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