S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Will Be An XBOX Exclusive For Only 3 Months?

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‘S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2’ is something we’ve been eagerly awaiting for years. Even before it was announced, those of us who played the original wanted more.

It was a bit of a head-scratcher when the sequel was announced as an XBOX exclusive. It’s known as a PC game. Can a console really do the beloved FPS justice with a controller?

Upon release, ‘STALKER 2’ will be free to members of XBOX Game Pass. Non-members can still get the game but at full price. If you’ve not been able to find an XBOX Series X or S, then you’ll be out of luck. Well, for a little while, maybe.

The Verge has been reporting on leaked legal documents regarding Microsoft, publishers, and the split the company takes from games. The amount of money MS gets from game sales is an entirely different topic. What we’re focusing on is how soon PC and maybe PS5 owners can get STALKER 2.

The image below is allegedly part of a leak, but take it with a grain of salt.

The Verge

‘STALKER 2’ exclusivity expires 3 months from launch. Sadly a solid release date isn’t available yet, but this image says Q4 2021. So, expect sometime in November.

Below is a pretty spoiler-free trailer of the title. It leaves a lot to be desired, in my opinion.

The gameplay trailer is light on story elements but heavy on atmosphere. But, if you’ve seen Chernobyl in other videogames, there aren’t many surprises. Regardless, the optimizations made for the Series X look good. Where’s the gameplay, though? STALKER isn’t about just wandering around an irradiated ghost town; it’s about shoot-shoots and horror!

I guess that means we gotta do reading, like cavemen:

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is a unique, dangerous and ever-changing environment. It promises a lot — the artifacts of unbelievable value can be yours if you dare to claim them. The price you may pay, on the other hand, is no less than your own life.

One of the biggest open-worlds to date, filled with radiation, mutants and anomalies, is yours to explore. All the choices across the way not only define your own epic story, but influence the future itself. Be mindful about what you see, do and plan, as you will have to find your way through the Zone or be forever lost to it.

If you’ve been struggling to find a PS5 or XBOX Series X, check out Matt Swider’s Twitter. He has been posting which websites have stock and exactly when they go live. He has been amazingly accurate. The consoles are still selling out within seconds. Keep that in mind.

Are you looking forward to ‘STALKER 2’? Let us know in the comments. If you’re looking to pick up the original, it’s available on Steam.

[Source: The Verge]


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