Yakuza Kiwami hits Xbox Game Pass early (update)

Yakuza Kiwami
Yakuza Kiwami (Image credit: Sega)

What you need to know

  • Yakuza Kiwami is a third-person action game from Sega.
  • The series was a PlayStation exclusive for years.
  • It's finally available on Xbox One.
  • Yakuza Kiwami launched a few hours early on Xbox Game Pass (opens in new tab).

Updated April 21, 2020: is available a few hours early on Xbox Game Pass. You can play it through the subscription service or buy it for $20 on the Microsoft Store. It's available on Xbox One and PC.

Yakuza Kiwami is one of my most favorite games because it's over the top and features great fighting mechanics. Unfortunately, the title was limited to the PlayStation 4 and PC for years, but it's finally coming to Xbox One on April 22. Today, the official Xbox Game Pass Twitter account revealed this.

The best part is that you don't need to buy it for $30, or whatever it'll cost at launch, the game is coming to Xbox Game Pass tomorrow. However, usually Xbox Game Pass titles join the service at 8 PM the previous day, so it may launch soon.

Sega's critically-acclaimed entry that started a legend. Become Kazuma Kiryu, an up-and-coming yakuza who takes the fall for the murder of a crime boss, only to emerge from prison ten years later to a changed world. This version has been remastered from the ground up.

Are you excited for Yakuza Kiwami? Let us know.

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  • Should I play this or Yakuza Zero as my first Yakuza?
  • Either is just fine. I'd probably start with Zero as it's first chronologically but there isn't a huge issue with going back and playing it later as it does offer additional insight into some of the characters. I will also say that for anyone who has not played this series yet, it's absolutely incredible.