The Witcher 3, Yakuza, and more announced for Xbox Game Pass at X019 (update)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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What you need to know

  • Today, Microsoft announced dozens of new games coming to Xbox Game Pass.
  • Titles from the Final Fantasy, The Witcher, and Yakuza franchises will join the service.
  • Some are being added today, the others will be available in 2020.
  • You can subscribe to Xbox Game Pass on Amazon (opens in new tab).

Updated December 14, 2019: The past Kingdom Hearts games are also coming to Xbox One, however, it's unclear if they're coming to Xbox Game Pass because Phil Spencer didn't make that clear on stage at X019. We do know that The Witcher 3 is coming to Xbox Game Pass on December 19.

X019 is going strong, and the announcements keep on dropping. Today, the company revealed 50 new games coming to Xbox Game Pass soon. While some of them are incredible, older experiences, there are some truly shocking additions to the mix. You can read about all of them below.

If you haven't tried Xbox Game Pass Ultimate yet, you can get your first three months for $1. For a limited time, all eligible Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members get a month of EA Access, three months of Discord Nitro, and six months of Spotify Premium included with their subscription. This is just an amazing value! If you were dreading subscribing before this offer, fear not, this isn't just for new members. These perks are for all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.

Coming soon

  • Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition for PC
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall for Xbox One and PC
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition for PC
  • Lego: The Ninjago Movie Video Game for Xbox One
  • Rage 2 for Xbox One and PC
  • Remnant: From the Ashes for Xbox One
  • The Talos Principle for Xbox One and PC
  • Tracks: The Train Set Game for Xbox One and PC

Out of all of these, we would definitely recommend checking out Rage 2 and Remnant: From the Ashes. Both are fantastic action experiences you can't go wrong with.

Holiday 2019

  • Darksiders III for Xbox One and PC
  • The Escapists 2 for Xbox One and PC
  • Halo: Reach for Xbox One and PC
  • Life Is Strange 2: Episodes 4 and 5 for Xbox One
  • My Friend Pedro for Xbox One and PC
  • The Red Strings Club for PC
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul for Xbox One and PC
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Xbox One

Be sure to check out Halo: Reach and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt because, again, some of the best games ever made.

Throughout 2020

  • Bleeding Edge for Xbox One and PC
  • Carrion for Xbox One and PC
  • Cris Tales for Xbox One and PC
  • Cyber Shadow for Xbox One and PC
  • Double Kick Heroes for Xbox One and PC
  • Edge of Eternity for Xbox One and PC
  • Final Fantasy VII for Xbox One and PC
  • Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered for Xbox One and PC
  • Final Fantasy IX for Xbox One and PC
  • Final Fantasy X: HD Remastered for Xbox One and PC
  • Final Fantasy X-2: HD Remastered for Xbox One and PC
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age for Xbox One and PC
  • Final Fantasy XIII for Xbox One and PC
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 for Xbox One and PC
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for Xbox One and PC
  • Final Fantasy XV for Xbox One and PC
  • Forager for Xbox One and PC
  • Grounded for Xbox One and PC
  • Haven for Xbox One and PC
  • It Lurks Below for Xbox One and PC
  • Levelhead for Xbox One and PC
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator for PC
  • Minecraft Dungeons for Xbox One and PC
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps for Xbox One and PC
  • PHOGS for Xbox One and PC
  • She Dreams Elsewhere for Xbox One and PC
  • SkateBIRD for Xbox One and PC
  • Streets of Rage 4 for Xbox One and PC
  • Scourge Bringer for Xbox One and PC
  • Supraland for Xbox One
  • Tell Me Why for Xbox One and PC
  • Tekken 7 for Xbox One
  • Touhou Luna Nights for Xbox One and PC
  • The Red Lantern for Xbox One
  • Wasteland 3 for Xbox One and PC
  • West of Dead for Xbox One and PC
  • Yakuza 0 for Xbox One and PC
  • Yakuza Kiwami for Xbox One and PC
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 for Xbox One and PC

While it's always great to see the Final Fantasy series being a part of Xbox Game Pass, the real stars of the show are the Yakuza additions. This has always been regarded as a staple PlayStation 4 franchise, so when news broke that some of the games were coming to PC, Xbox One owners were hopeful that the titles would make the jump to their platform of choice. Luckily, that day is almost upon us.

What games are you looking forward to the most? Let us know. This list is utterly spectacular to say the least and if you haven't subscribed to Xbox Game Pass yet, now it's a must-have for any gamer. However, it's not all good news. On November 30, a couple of games are leaving Xbox Game Pass like Abzu, Below, Football Manager 2019, Grid 2, Strange Brigade, and more. If you haven't played these titles yet, be sure to check them out.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

9 Comments
  • There is not much buzz for Microsoft Flight Simulator yet but I expect there will be plenty upon release. I wasn't excited for it at all until I stumbled upon a few videos on YouTube from pilots who got to preview it--it's a game changer. I'm surprised it will be an XGP title.
  • Pretty sure they said all first party games are going to be on game pass but it was before it was on PC too
  • Gamepass is well into its stride now. I waited to buy Final Fantasy collection. Now I don't have to. That is absolutely awesome right there.
  • They showed Rage 2 as coming only for console, mind you. Check it.
  • Remnant is an awesome addition, I've been umming and ahhing about buying it. The Witcher 3 means I can give my disc to my housemate and finish off the DLC's. Regarding the rest, it'll be fun to play DSIII, and all the upcoming Microsoft Studios titles in 2020 are quite exciting for me, especially Ori, man that game needs to hurry the Hell up.
  • It can wait, I still have yet to experience the greatness that is that game. I really wanted to finish Hallow Knight before I started, but I might as well give up and play Ori.
  • I played the Yakuza series on the PS4 so the ones who haven't played it yet, you are in for a real treat. It is a great series. Glad to see it come to Xbox for the ones who haven't gotten the chance to play it.
  • Flight Simulator is also coming to game for console
  • *Microsoft Flight Simulator is also coming to Xbox Game Pass for Console.