Xbox Game Pass has revealed several new titles coming to the library before March. Last night, it seemed Yakuza was imminently coming to Xbox Game Pass following some teases online. Some of the series' recent entries, namely Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2, were announced for Xbox Game Pass last fall during Microsoft's end-of-year Xbox celebration X019, but we weren't given a release date other than "2020."
Now, following the latest meme from Xbox Game Pass Twitter is being read into correctly, we have the release date of one of those games, along with several more new titles.
The Game Pass account has made it a recurring joke to share screenshots of an email inbox with important messages from Melissa McGamePass, the in-universe boss of the subscription service. She'll often message her employees about upcoming titles - not to mention the sidebar is always full of inside jokes, which you can see below. Notice how every letter Y is capitalized. People suspected it was a Yakuza tease, and they were right.
The Yakuza series is one that the Xbox platform has sorely lacked for years, even as it was revitalized on PS4 this generation. Getting this trio of games means the brand can play catch-up, even if it doesn't include all the recent games from the series, nor does it appear as though Xbox players will be able to play the next one, Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Here's the full lineup for the rest of February:
- Ninja Gaiden 2 - February 20 - OpenCritic N/A
- Kingdom Hearts 3 - February 25 - OpenCritic 84
- Two Point Hospital - February 25 - OpenCritic 85
- Wasteland Remastered - February 25 - OpenCritic TBD
- Yakuza 0 - February 26 - OpenCritic 86
- Jackbox Party Pack 3 - February 27 - OpenCritic 78
Collectively, that's one older game which predates OpenCritic, one new release we will have scores for soon, one "Strong" rated game, and three "Mighty" rated games. It's a strong showing for Game Pass, which helps soften the blow of what's leaving the library too.