A leaked document may have potentially revealed details on exclusivity periods for Xbox indie titles.
Third party console exclusives have been in the industry for a long time, but even though they’ve become relatively less frequent now, there’s still plenty of them to go around. GSC Game World’s upcoming open world survival horror shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is one of them, currently confirmed only for Xbox Series X/S and PC. According to the developers, there are no current plans to bring the game to PS5 (and no plans whatsoever to bring it to last-gen consoles), but where the game’s Xbox console exclusivity is concerned, that might be quite temporary.
A leaked document that Wccftech managed to get their hands on suggests that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is going to be an Xbox Series X/S exclusive for a short period of three months. Meanwhile, the document also states that Tetris Effect: Connected, which was an Xbox Series X/S launch title, also has a six month exclusivity period- which would mean that period will be over imminently. Finally, it seems Image and Form Games’ upcoming The Gunk is going to be a permanent Xbox exclusive, with the document stating it’s going to be an Xbox exclusive “in perpetuity.”
Neither of those two games have launch date yet, but it’s been confirmed that both will launch on Xbox Game Pass on day one.