Epic Games battle in opposition to Apple begins at present. While this wouldn’t essentially be of a lot curiosity to us till there’s a choice, a few of the supporting paperwork being filed within the case are throwing up fascinating tidbits. In a Microsoft Executive Portfolio Update submitted to the courtroom, the platform holder revealed S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will solely be unique to the Xbox Series X/S for three months. This leaves the door open for a possible launch on PlayStation 5.

S.T.A.L.Okay.E.R. 2 was introduced for PC again in 2010, though it took one other eight years for the sport to reappear within the type of an official website. Unfortunately the title was then confirmed to be a “console launch exclusive” to Xbox Series X/S throughout Microsoft’s Games Showcase in 2020. The courtroom doc has now revealed that exclusivity interval will final simply three months.

In an interview with The Gamer, developer GSC Game World’s PR supervisor Zakhar Bocharov defined the studio didn’t need to be restricted by last-gen {hardware}. This implies that it’s “impossible to run it on PS4 and Xbox One”. When the exclusivity interval ends, this implies the PlayStation 5 stays one of many high candidates for a later console launch.

The recreation may have a “unique blend of first-person shooter, immersive sim and horror“. Set in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, players will have to deal with “one of the biggest open-worlds to date”. Thanks to the huge dose of radiation the realm acquired after the nuclear accident, the surroundings is filled with harmful mutants and anomalies. However, there’s additionally “artifacts of unbelievable value” to discover, and participant selections all through the sport as they stability danger with reward will form the sport’s story and unlock certainly one of a number of endings.

When the sport was unveiled for Xbox, it got here with a launch window of 2021. The developer will not be but prepared to verify something extra particular, however any potential PS5 launch will comply with at the least three months after the sport’s debut on different platforms.

[Source: Court Listener, The Gamer]