The release date and final list of platforms for the long-awaited survival horror shooter STALKER 2 may have been leaked.
Multiple retailers and distributors have seemingly revealed when STALKER 2 will launch. Amazon.de, the German branch of Amazon, changed the release date of the game which coincided with other entities doing the same. This comes as a surprise as no official announcement on the game’s release date has been given by its developer, GSC Game World.
GSC Game World is also self-publishing the title. The development of the game has been fraught with issues. Work on the game was paused as the development team was forced to move from Kyiv to Prague in 2022. The studio was also targeted by hackers who leaked an early build of the game on the internet.
STALKER 2 release date leaked
STALKER 2 is coming out on December 1, 2023, according to multiple retailers.
The game was previously pinned to December 31, which is the standard placeholder for games that have a tentative release date. December 1, 2023 falls on a Friday, the preferred release date for big-budget games. The fact that multiple entities all pointed to this day suggests it is not a coincidence.
The game will be playable for the first time at Gamescom this year. This likely means that the game is in its final stages of development and is close to being ready for release. The highly anticipated title was originally planned to release in April 2022 but suffered a number of setbacks during development. In June 2022, the game was set to release sometime in 2023.
Is STALKER 2 coming to PlayStation?
STALKER 2 is a timed exclusive on Xbox, so a PlayStation 5 release is possible in 2024. The PlayStation version could also see delays due to issues during development.
The actual release date is not announced. The console exclusivity period is also not disclosed at the moment. Usually timed exclusives stay exclusive for one year and then make their way to other platforms.
Recently, the Modern Warfare 3 beta is seemingly coming to PlayStation first, although its exclusivity is just for 5 days. Final Fantasy 7 Remake was a timed PlayStation exclusive that launched in 2020 and saw a PC port go live in 2021. An Xbox version of Final Fantasy 7 Remake may also be in the works.
Will STALKER 2 be on Xbox Game Pass on day one?
Yes, STALKER 2 will be on Xbox Game Pass on day one. The game is one of the biggest upcoming Xbox Game Pass titles and could give Xbox a much-needed boost after Redfall fizzled with fans and critics.
Despite its name, STALKER 2 is the fourth game in the series and is years in the making. The series has typically combined FPS gameplay with horror elements. A gameplay trailer released two years ago was well-received and the game has had lots of time to be refined from there.