Subscribers to Xbox Game Pass can rejoice as Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2 have all seemingly returned to the service, reuniting the full series once again.
The Yakuza series first landed on Xbox Game Pass back in 2020 and made waves with subscribers of the service, rapidly growing in popularity due to the addition of 0 and both Kiwami games. The three games eventually left the service in December 2021 but are now back. Here's all the information we have.
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Yakuza 0, Kiwami and Kiwami 2 Are Back on Game Pass.
The three games suddenly found themselves re-listed as available through Xbox Game Pass again without any official announcement from Xbox themselves. One interesting detail about this that puts the legitimacy of their listings in question, is that they do not appear in the United Kingdom listings for Xbox Game Pass on the Xbox Website but do on the US page.
They also don't appear as available on the Xbox PC app as of writing but do show as available via Game Pass when clicking on the titles after searching for them, suggesting the listing may have been posted early on accident.
It isn't surprising to see these three titles back on Xbox Game Pass, however, as the sheer popularity of the series after they were originally added led to the rest of the series also being made available including Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
Ensuring that the first three games in the Yakuza timeline are still available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers is in Microsoft's best interests. Not only has the Yakuza series become one of the most popular series' amongst Xbox gamers but having the full series available on Xbox Game Pass is a great incentive to subscribe for people interested in trying out the franchise and it makes perfect sense to keep it intact by having the beginning of the story available. We are likely to see the deals between Microsoft and SEGA for the Yakuza series continually renewed for the foreseeable future.