Control May Be Coming to Xbox Game Pass in December 2020

A new tease could be hinting that Control or Control Ultimate Edition may be heading to Xbox Game Pass in December 2020.


Xbox Game Pass’ Twitter shared an e-mail from the fictitious Melissa McGamepass, the Executive Senior VP Lieutenant of General Video Game Communications at Microsoft, and her words very much make it seem like Control or some other game with “sinister red light” is coming to Xbox Game Pass next month.

“But guess what? We’re not slowing down for December,” McGamepass wrote. “EA Play is coming to PC and we have a ton of games slated on top of that! We even included REDACTED, which our fans won’t stop mentioning (That’s why I sent you that .gif with the sinister red light).”

The color red, and the word redacted for that matter, play a big part in Control’s marketing and gameplay, and while it could be a fakeout and mean another game is on its way, Xbox Game Pass members may soon be able to play IGN’s Game of the Year for 2019.

Furthermore, Xbox head Phil Spencer had previously stated in 2019 that he was “glad to see that [Control was] coming into Game Pass so that more people will play it.” The remedy would not confirm it back then, but maybe the timing is perfect now.

If this mystery game ends up being Control, it will be interesting to see whether it is the Ultimate Edition or not. Earlier this year, it was revealed that the Control Ultimate Edition will be the only way to get free upgrades to next-gen. If you purchased the base game and even all the DLC, you still are not entitled to a free next-gen upgrade.


Control’s publisher 505 Games explained the decision, and stated that “as we are only doing additional development on Control Ultimate Edition on the next-gen platforms, we are unfortunately unable to offer an upgrade path to all existing Control players.”

The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Control were scheduled to be released by the end of 2020, but they were recently delayed to early 2021, which would time nicely if this reveal ends up being what it seems.

Control appearing on Xbox Game Pass would follow the announcement that Control is also now playable on the Nintendo Switch via the cloud.



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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.