New Xbox Game Pass Report Could Mean Disappointing Download Delay for Xbox Series X

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Stalker 2 looks set to be one of the most unique and exciting new Xbox Series X games to launch on Xbox Game Pass in 2022. But a new report suggests fans will have to wait a little longer to explore the Chernobyl wasteland.

The game has been delayed several times and has taken years to reach active development.

An update from last year revealed how Stalker 2 would play on Xbox Series X, and the game’s development team told fans at the time:

“Finally, we would like to finish this update with a development status. We are moving forward smoothly, including the Xbox Series X|S versions.

“The goal is to deliver the highest possible quality product on every platform it has been announced for. With fast SSD, RTX support (both Series X and S), and 4K resolution (Series X), we are excited to see how STALKER 2 becomes the ultimate experience we initially promised.

“The exact release date of STALKER 2 has yet to be announced by GSC Game World. But you can rest assured that the game will be coming to Xbox Game Pass from day one.”

And right now, the Stalker 2 release date is slated for April 28, 2022, and as mentioned above, it will be a Day One launch on Xbox Game Pass.

This is a nice combo for fans, especially when you consider that Stalker 2 won’t be available on PS4 or PS5 this year.

However, a new report coming out this week suggests that the Stalker 2 release date may be delayed again.

The report comes from OLDboi, a source on GSC Game World games that has been proven correct in the past.

As usual, it should be taken with a grain of salt, but translations of the most recent report claim that Stalker 2 could be delayed until fall 2022.

It wouldn’t be surprising to learn that more time was needed to perfect the world of Stalker for next-gen and PC devices, with current development plans for an ambitious sequel to a number of platforms.

Xbox Game Pass delay for Series X download (Image: MICROSOFT)

The full game description details the kind of gameplay fans can expect in April – or if we are to believe the new rumor – in the fall of 2022:

“The heart of Chernobyl has never beaten as hard as it does now. The Zone calls for stalkers, ready to delve into the nonlinear journey through a sinister open world in the post-apocalyptic Eastern European setting.

“STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl applies the full potential of Unreal Engine 5, as well as motion capture and photogrammetry technologies to provide you with benchmark-setting graphics and ultimate immersion in the game world.

“The advanced artificial intelligence system will force the stalker to use a tactical approach against countless enemies, challenging and detaining even the most persistent players. The A-Life 2.0 life simulation system builds a holistic live environment where the player’s actions have an impact on the Zone’s world.

“Dangerous mutants and deadly anomalies won’t be the only obstacles in your journey. You will feel all the sadness of a new stalker life as you seek and consume rare and valuable supplies – food, drink, medicine, alcohol, etc. Immersive survival mechanics will enrich the gameplay on the path through the branched storyline. “

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