Sports games are definitely the biggest scams of them all by their very nature, unfortunately. Players simply have to own the latest game whether they want to or not and it's true, AAA makers definitely take full advantage of this. I agree with your points and will also add how EA basically released on the Nintendo Switch last year's FIFA game 'as is' this year with no changes yet charged full price, making IGN copy-paste last year's review as a tongue-in-cheek response but with a score like 2 or something. True, this genre is a glaring example of the brazen tactics employed by AAA publishers still.@SBan83 you're forgetting that the FIFA Lootboxes is still prevalent (and i guess throw in 2K NBA's MTX) and then there was that fiasco with the WWE 2020 game. Then there was the Ubisoft sexual harassment incident. Oh and on the subject of ubisoft how Ghost recon Breakpoint suffering less then stellar sales. and watch dog legions being a bit naff. Throw in some issues concerning next gen versions like with control and a couple others (although that might be partly gamer entitlement i didn't follow it too deeply) and trying to justify selling games at £70 despite making record profits in the millions. I think the AAA has a long way to go and shouldn't be let off the hook so easily.
Control sold poorly on PC and last-gen consoles so I guess the shareholders see the next-gen console versions as a way to recoup those losses a bit and that's why they're not offering a free upgrade. I can't approve but it's what it is when you play on consoles, which have always been loss-leaders for later gouging via software.