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Yakuza Kiwami is available now on Xbox Game Pass

Yakuza Kiwami, Sega’s 2017 remake of the series’ first game, is now available via Microsoft’s subscription service.

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Yakuza Kiwami, Sega’s 2017 remake of the series’ first game, is now available via Microsoft’s subscription service.

Ryu ga Gotoku Studio has provided plenty of current-gen entry points to its long-running crime series. In 2017, the studio released Yakuza 0, a prequel, and Kiwami, a remake of the first game. Then in 2018, players got Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, a sequel that nevertheless tried to accommodate series novices. And in 2019, Ryu ga Gotoku launched Judgment, a standalone game set in the Yakuza universe.

Those releases have always come to Sony consoles first. But, recently, Microsoft launched Yakuza 0 on Xbox One and its Game Pass subscription service for PC and console players. And, as of today, Yakuza Kiwami is also available for subscribers. (And if you’re not an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, you can also buy Yakuza Kiwami the old-fashioned way.)

Plenty of solid games have come or are coming to Game Pass this month. Yesterday, Game Pass added Doinksoft’s catroidvania Gato Roboto. And, a week ago, perennially popular survival game The Long Dark joined the roster.

Sci-fi thriller Deliver Us the Moon launches on Friday, and Hyperdot and Levelhead will be up next week. Maybe most excitingly, the XCOM-like Gears Tactics – think XCOM carrying a chainsaw-bayoneted assault rifle – is coming to the service next week for PC subscribers.


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