Control’s First Expansion, ‘The Foundation,’ Breaks Containment March 26

Control, last year’s critically lauded paranormal shooter from the maximally pained folk at Remedy Entertainment, is receiving its first DLC “expansion” on March 26, according to a brief teaser posted today on the game’s official Twitter account. Dubbed The Foundation, this new story content sees protagonist Jesse Faden heading to (what we’re assuming is) the Black Rock Quarry at the base of The Oldest House, in search for the Federal Bureau of Control’s Head of Operations, Helen Marshall. “She said she had to go check on something,” says a voice in the teaser. No price has been announced for the expansion.

“The Foundation will delve into the history of the Oldest House,” according to a blog posted to the game’s official website some months ago. “At the request of the ever-mysterious Board, Jesse must explore what lies beneath the Bureau as she returns order to the Foundation and the Oldest House itself. Expect things to get weird.”

The second expansion, which currently has no release date beyond “2020,” is called AWE, which stands for “Altered World Events.” Fans have speculated that AWE could also be hinting at a crossover with beloved Remedy classic Alan Wake, what with there being an “A” and a “W” in there and everything. “The second expansion, AWE, will take Jesse into a new part of the Oldest House, the Investigations Sector, where the Bureau closely examines Altered World Events,” according to the official website.

While The Foundation will be Control‘s first real story expansion, it’s far from the first update the game has received. Prior updates included a gratuitously necessary photo mode, as well as Expeditions, which are combat-focused time trials against enemies from the base game.

In addition to this new content, The Foundation will also bring an update to the game’s oft-lamented map, as well as other quality of life improvements, according to Remedy Communications Director Thomas Puha. “The Foundation is coming this month, we will show and talk about it soon,” Puha said on Twitter. “[Control] will also get is March update with that which will have things like an improved map and some other requested quality of life improvements. Bummed about not going to GDC and SXSW tho ? [sic]”

Both San Francisco’s Game Developers Conference and Austin’s South by Southwest media festival have been either cancelled or postponed indefinitely, due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus that appropriately sounds like something you’d encounter in Control. Today President Trump declared a state of national emergency over the outbreak, which the World Health Organization this week officially classified as a pandemic.

As the winner of last year’s Best Interior Design and Best Small Detail awards during the official Fanbyte Game of the Year Podcast Festival of Horrors, we feel pretty confident that more Control is a good thing. If you, like me, have yet to play Control, the PC version of the game is currently 33 percent off on the Humble Store. (Note, even if you buy through Humble, you’ll still end up with a code to enter into the Epic Games Store, where Control currently lives under several layers of containment protocols. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions do not appear to be on sale digitally at this time.)