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Xbox Gets First Control DLC 3 Months After Other Platforms

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We've known for a while that the expansions for Control would be timed-exclusives, but now we know for how long. PS4 and Epic Games store get the first expansion, The Foundation, on March 26. Xbox players will unfortunately have to wait until June 25, a whopping three months later.

The news comes following an IGN exclusive preview of the first expansion which sends protagonist Jesse Faden down to the ground level of The Oldest House to investigate a new mystery. The story was teased in the main game when your ally, Arish, informs you that another mutual ally within the shape-shifting bureau, Agent Marshall, had gone missing, as she's allegedly known to do.

The DLC will be the first of two expansions to arrive in Control as part of the Expansion Pass. It's the second DLC that makes the timed exclusivity very interesting. Titled AWE, the expansion focuses on further connecting the worlds of Control and Alan Wake, Remedy's 2010 Twin Peaks-ian thriller about a writer whose manuscript comes to life while he's vacationing to clear his writer's block. Alan Wake launched as an Xbox 360 exclusive and remained that way for years before finally migrating to Steam in 2012 and the Epic Games store last year.

To date, it has never been available on PS3 or PS4. If the timed exclusivity extends to the second DLC, and right now the language used by Remedy seems to indicate it will, that means PS4 players will be first to play a DLC related to a game they may have never played before. It makes for a strange proposition but it speaks to the way these deals are made. Publishers like to lock down the extra money while platforms like to bring in more exclusive content for multiplatform games, making their platform the preferred landing spot for anyone on the fence.

There have been rumors of an Alan Wake remastered edition, so maybe the plan is to release that before AWE arrives later in 2020. 

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