S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is a three-month timed exclusive on Xbox

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
At the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase we got a closer look at post-apocalypse Russia in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. The game is coming to Game Pass on launch, but we now know that the deal is only for three months of timed exclusivity.

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Information about S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was hard to come by before the new E3 gameplay trailer revealed that game is heading to Xbox Series X|S on April 28th, 2022 as a launch exclusive. Thanks to documents released as part of the ongoing Epic vs Apple lawsuit, we now know that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 isn't an exclusive for that long: only a "three-month console exclusive", in fact.

This comes as a little bit of a suprise, considering that the developer, GSC GameWorld, said to Gaming Bolt in April about a PS5 version: “No plans for now. We negotiated the possibilities with Microsoft and saw several good opportunities for the brand — including Game Pass.” Well, it goes without saying, but they must have been planning something because three months is hardly much time.


Is this a bit of a surprise to you? Or is it expected? Let us know down below, I know you guys like the exclusive talk.
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Hey, I'm Kes! I'm a Staff Writer, and I've been here since 2021. What do I like? The Outer Wilds is top notch. The Witcher 3 blew my mind over the course of five years completing it. I want Burnout back — I really miss crunching mechanical wonders into walls to the sound of Guns N' Roses. Cool, now we are acquainted, I'll see you around.