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STALKER 2: 'No plans' for PS5 release, says GSC Game World

STALKER 2
STALKER 2 (Image credit: GSC Game World)

What you need to know

  • GSC Game World has announced that it has "no plans" for a PS5 release of STALKER 2.
  • The studio is focusing on the Xbox Series X and Series S version of the game, as well as the PC one.
  • The developers say that Xbox Game Pass was a factor that influenced this decision.

In a recent interview, developers from GSC Game World announced that a PS5 version of STALKER 2 is not currently being planned or worked on.

"No plans for now," the developer said. "We negotiated the possibilities with Microsoft and saw several good opportunities for the brand — including Game Pass. We're concentrating on the Xbox Series X/S version."

This means that, at least for the time being, STALKER 2 will remain an Xbox console exclusive (the game is also releasing on PC). The developer's interest in Xbox Game Pass also strongly suggests that the game will be available through the program, which is great news for Game Pass subscribers. STALKER 2 is one of the most highly-anticipated games of 2021, so it's exciting to think that it may be coming to Game Pass.

Source: GSC Game World (Image credit: Source: GSC Game World)

What do you think of STALKER 2 becoming an Xbox exclusive for the foreseeable future? Are you excited to play the game when it releases? Let me know. STALKER 2 is expected to launch later in 2021 for $40-60 on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, and Windows 10 PCs. It may end up being one of the best Xbox One shooters out there, so you should keep an eye on it! I also highly recommend the original STALKER games, as they're quite excellent even with their jank.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

15 Comments
  • That just means it is "Game Pass fodder", right?
  • Not even sure what that means lol.
  • Be glad. I am assuming that it started a damage control line that says MS doesn't bring good games to the service. They have to pad it out with crappy games in order to make it seem like it has value.
  • I disagree. The vast majority of games in the Game Pass that fall into the "I would never buy this game" category are in fact decent games. Everyone has their preferences, of course, but to say that they've been padding just doesn't feel accurate to me, as someone who has downloaded and tried most games in the pass. Do I go back to finish them all? Absolutely not. Is that because they're garbage? Maybe a few, but most are amazing. I don't return simply because I'm an adult with kids and a job. Can't play them all, so I have to pick favorites. But they're not just padding.
  • I'm going to take a stab in the dark here and assume that AoA was not being serious, pretty sure he was being sarcastic in the first post regarding people that claim that everything is just "Game Pass fodder".
  • Thanks, I guess quotation marks aren't enough of a clue anymore. I guess I need to start using something like 😜😛😉.
  • I feel you on the adult and all part and agree with the rest.... damn those student years where the ****.... I want both at the same time damn it lol
  • Pretty big assumption
  • Sarcasm, such a pain in text.
  • No plans.. until the game is released on Xbox for at least a year.
  • If the game is optimized for the potential of lower power PC gamers, then surely they could graphically reduce the performance enough to run on the PS5, after a few years.
  • Good! Hopefully it is a good game. All 3 previous were pretty good
  • One codebase, three platforms.
    If DirectX 12 Ultimate plays out as intended it allows spreading development costs for PC to cover Console and Cloud too. ROI might not justify porting cost. Especially if GAMEPASS day one money is funding a major part of development.
    Might be just a timed exclusive but it might end up a PS2 style exclusive-by-ROI.
    This bears watching.
    Game development economics are changing; how much is TBD.
  • I'm excited for this game, especially on the big screen/xbox series x console. I've played all three of the previous games, and the atmosphere is great. Read the book: Roadside Picnic (which inspired it all)
  • Great book. I remember reading that the devs were inspired by this novel for the STALKER series