Full details on Control’s new expansion The Foundation, out 26th March

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Full details on Control’s new expansion The Foundation, out 26th March

New abilities, enemies detailed, plus Remedy announce a March update that’ll bring various improvements to its acclaimed sci-fi shooter

Hi everyone! Antonela here, Senior Brand Community Manager at 505 Games, working on Control. We’re thrilled to announce that the first expansion for Control, The Foundation, is launching on 26th March on PlayStation 4. If you’ve already purchased the Control Season Pass, then great news, you’ll get The Foundation as part of it.
Since launch back in August 2019, the incredible team over at Remedy Entertainment have been hard at work on all-new content, including this premium expansion, which I’m going to tell you more about today.
Here are 5 things to know about The Foundation:

1. The story

In The Foundation, the Astral Plane is colliding with our reality. Jesse Faden, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Control, must travel through the caverns of the Foundation to prevent the Astral Plane from consuming the Oldest House. The missing Head of Operations, Helen Marshall, may hold some answers to the mysteries surrounding this threat. As she travels deeper, Jesse will learn more about Marshall’s disappearance, and about the enigmatic Board.

2. Jesse’s mission

The Foundation is an all-new level, which can be accessed through the Hotline Chamber in Central Executive. Important note, in order to access The Foundation DLC, players will need to have completed the main game.
Within The Foundation, there’s not only main missions to work through, but multiple side missions to get stuck into as well. On average (because this question tends to come up a lot) players can expect to get around 4-5 hours of all-new gameplay out of The Foundation.

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3. Abilities and skills

Our community LOVE Jesse’s abilities, as do we! As part of The Foundation, we’re adding skills to her supernatural arsenal. Take Control of an all-new ability (exclusive to The Foundation) called Shape and an upgrade to the Service Weapon called Fracture, allowing Jesse to transform and shatter the Foundation’s environments.
Jesse will also have access to Shield Rush, an upgrade to the Shield ability that allows Jesse to charge at her enemies, knocking them back during combat. This upgrade will come as part of the free March update, but more on that later!

4. The Hiss Sharpened

The Foundation introduces the Hiss Sharpened, a new enemy type which can be found in the caves under the Oldest House. This new Hiss-type is particularly challenging, so get ready to put your skills to the test as they approach you with their melee swings, pickaxe in hand. What’s more, Hiss Sharpened will come at you from different directions, so think about how you can use your abilities to take them down. (Top tip, look at how you can use Shield Rush and Levitate to your advantage!)

5. Free March update

One more thing. We’re launching a free update alongside The Foundation. In response to player feedback, we’ve improved the functionality of the map, added the option to reallocate Ability points using Essence at Control points, and other quality of life improvements. There’s also the Shield Rush ability upgrade and many more improvements under the hood.
On behalf of everyone at 505 Games and Remedy Entertainment, we want to thank our incredible community once again for all the amazing love and support since launch. Your kind words motivate us, your photo mode shots continue to surprise us, and we cannot wait to get your feedback on The Foundation. Speak soon!
Control is currently available on PS Now. Find out more here.

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11 Comments

  • Sounds like some great DLC, and the free March Update sounds really fantastic too! Thanks for all the hard work folks, it’s really appreciated. Can’t wait to dive in!

  • Happy with all this!

  • Looking forward to it. Hopefully the March update has some further improvements to the framerate on the standard PS4. It would be nice to see Remedy’s other games like Alan Wake and Quantum Break on PS4 at some point in the future though. There will be people who enjoyed Control but don’t want to buy an Xbox One just for a few games (or for other reasons can’t do that even if they wanted to).

  • Sounds great. Just recently finished control and loved it.

  • I’m still 1 trophy away from platinum and I got frustrated with that final optional boss… unfortunately this doesn’t sound like it’s introducing anything to make that easier :P

    • This was looking like becoming one of my favourite games but some of the boss fights killed it for me. If it had an instant retry I may have kept going, but having to re-run through areas and fight enemies to get back to the boss only to die again, and again… I went from loving it to hating it in a heartbeat.

    • Which bosses are you struggling with? Happy to pass feedback onto the devs :)

  • To be honest, I completely forgot the DLC was on the way. I was so content with how good the story (especially the Ashtray Maze) was that I considered it complete. I’m excited to have a reason to go back to my personal GOTY 2019. Any chance that we can expect any new music from Old Gods of Asgard or Poets of the Fall?

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