Acclaimed sci-fi shooter Control gets a Photo Mode tomorrow

Get snapping with update 1.04, plus first details on the upcoming Expeditions update

Control has been out for a little while now and we are so grateful for how enthusiastic everyone has been about the game. Such an overwhelmingly positive response from our community, our friends at game development studios worldwide, and our friends and families has exceeded all our expectations. You even liked the duck, and the plants! Thank you so much! It has been wonderful to see such support across the board for our weird game. You inspire us to be better and work harder every day.

Control’s journey isn’t over, though. We have new content in the pipeline, but before that, the first thing the next game update will have is the much requested Photo Mode, which we’ll be bringing to you in update 1.04. The best news is that this update will be out tomorrow, October 16!

With its Brutalist hallways, big open spaces and strange things creeping in from other dimensions, Control has a very striking aesthetic. Every Sector of the Bureau has a unique look and color palette. Not to mention that Jesse’s supernatural abilities can leave a devastating effect on the environment and the Hiss-corrupted enemies.

Considering all these strong visuals, there was no question that a Photo Mode was something we needed to do for Control. It’s a chance for you to express your creativity, and put your mark on the world we’ve built by capturing the moments that matter to you.

Photo Mode can be accessed through the Options Menu.

To control how the camera moves, use the Left and Right Thumb Sticks. The L2 and R2 buttons will pan it up or down. The Photo Mode menu has two tabs, one that lets you change some specific options that you would find in a regular camera, and another where you can select different filters or hide Jesse or other characters from the world.

In the Camera tab, you can:

  • Roll the camera by degrees while pointing it at the same subject
  • Broaden or tighten the Field of View
  • Change the Focus Distance
  • Adjust the Aperture and determine the depth of field

In the Filters tab, you can hide Jesse or hide all other characters (or both!), or use any of the ten different filters that come with the Photo Mode. You can also reset the shot by pressing Square, and hide the UI by pressing Triangle. We can’t wait to see the shots you create! Share them with us on social media using the #ControlRemedy hashtag.

What’s next for Control?

Like we said, we are working on new content and we couldn’t leave you hanging like that, so… at the end of this year we’ll be releasing a free gameplay mode for all our players.

Everyone who owns Control will be getting the challenging Expeditions mode, in which Jesse will need to complete different objectives within a set time to get powerful rewards. But be on your guard – every Expedition that Jesse undertakes will come with different modifiers that make the encounter extra tricky.

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How about another go at optimization, a proper one this time? The game still has horrible frame drops when leaving menus/pause screen and that pitiful excuse for a map still takes an age to load most of the time, speaking of loading maybe have a go at speeding those abysmal respawn after death load times too.

MiseryPrincess 16 October, 2019 @ 05:31

At this point, games should announce when they DON’T have a “photo mode”…

Grim_streaker999 16 October, 2019 @ 08:44

I just can’t understand why you droped HDR, for photomode. The game would have looked amazing

From a marketing perspective, a photo mode is probably more important. Photo sharing can spread the word about your game and help build awareness. It’s cheap and will be good for your advertising budget.

Grim_streaker999 16 October, 2019 @ 17:07

True true, but the HDR would have been a better choice imo. As the graphics would have realy shined in this game. But maybe it’s just me, that never har the photo mode?

Anyways when was the patch coming, stil not here

Strangeheaven 16 October, 2019 @ 20:52

A stable framerate would make the game shine.

I’ll wait for the PS5 version thanks. Far to many frame rate issues with this game.

Could live without a photo mode, more optimization please.

JediKnight246 16 October, 2019 @ 21:45

I’m looking forward to the game and will definitely play it, but I’m waiting for further updates to clear up the framerate issues in combat first.

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