Yakuza Kiwami 2 Is Launching Right Onto Xbox Game Pass This Month

Yakuza Kiwami 2 Is Launching Right Onto Xbox Game Pass This Month

Kiryu's story is moving along on both Xbox and Game Pass in lock-step.

Xbox players are about to take another step in Kazuma Kiryu's story, and Game Pass subscribers will be able to check it out on day one. As previously promised, Yakuza Kiwami 2 is joining its predecessors Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami on Xbox One and on Microsoft's subscription service. It's hitting Game Pass for both PC and console when it launches on July 30.

Released for PC last year, Sega later announced that Kiwami 2—a remake of Yakuza 2—would join the prequel Yakuza 0 and the original game's Kiwami remake on Xbox One at last year's X019 event. Rather than launching them on Xbox and Game Pass all in one go, Sega and Microsoft have been spacing out the three titles over the course of the year. Kiwami 2's release will bring the current plans to feature Kiryu's story on Xbox to a close.

Yes, though the PC and Xbox have been playing catch-up, it's still only possible to play through all the mainline Yakuza titles (or the corresponding remakes) on PlayStation consoles. Earlier this year, Sega finished releasing The Yakuza Remastered Collection in piecemeal fashion on PlayStation 4, making it the only console with releases spanning Kiryu's entire journey.

Last August, series producer Daisuke Sato told our sister site VG247 that he wouldn't say a PC release of The Remastered Collection "won't ever happen," but so far, it seems that the Xbox and PC will continue to have a hole in the Yakuza storyline spanning four games. For now, you definitely need a PS4 to play Yakuza 6.

The next Yakuza game, however, will be hitting PC, Xbox One, and even the Xbox Series X day-and-date with its English release on PS4. Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which will star new mainline protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, is set to make its western debut as a Series X launch title. We'll know more about when we can expect to play it, once we learn the actual release date for Microsoft's new console.

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Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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