Following numerous teases, Microsoft have finally confirmed that the Yakuza series will debut on Xbox One via Xbox Game Pass next week. Yakuza 0 will be joined by the likes of Kingdom Hearts III, Ninja Gaiden II, Wasteland: Remastered and more joining the service by the end of February 2020.
Microsoft’s press release details further releases, reading:
Ninja Gaiden II (Koei Tecmo) – This sequel to the best-selling original Xbox game pits legendary ninja Ryu Hayabusa against hordes of malicious enemies as he sets out on a journey that will determine the fate of humanity. With an assortment of new weapons, enemies, and locations, the classic Ninja Gaiden II redefined the action game genre, providing a visceral, thrilling experience.
Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix) – Having learned that Master Xehanort is plotting to start another Keyblade War, Sora and his friends continue their search for the seven guardians of light who can stand against the coming darkness. Join Sora as he travels across new and exciting Disney worlds that deliver a story on a grander scale than ever before. With a new battle system as well as thrilling action and spectacular team-up moves with beloved Disney characters, Kingdom Hearts III inspires and entertains unlike anything else out there.
Wasteland Remastered (inXile Entertainment) – The original Wasteland brought the post-apocalypse to video games and inspired a genre. Play one of the definitive RPGs with overhauled graphics, sound, and expanded musical score. It’s 2087, nearly a century after an all-out nuclear war turned vast swaths of Earth into a radioactive hellscape. You’re a Desert Ranger, a band of stalwart lawmen who are the only hope left in what was once the American Southwest — and good people’s last defense against hunger, sickness, raiders, and mutants. Now something more secretive and sinister is menacing humanity, and it’s your job to investigate.
Two Point Hospital (Sega) – Design stunning hospitals, decorate them as you like, cure very unusual illnesses and manage troublesome staff as you spread your budding healthcare organization across Two Point County. But don’t expect it to be populated with your usual types of patients. In this world, you’ll experience Two Point’s trademark quirky illnesses; from light-headedness to cubism – each requiring their very own special type of treatment machine.
Yakuza 0 (Sega) – The glitz, glamour, and unbridled decadence of the 80s are back in Yakuza 0. Play as Kazuma Kiryu and discover how he finds himself in a world of trouble when a simple debt collection goes wrong and his mark winds up murdered. Then, step into the silver-toed shoes of Goro Majima and explore his “normal” life as the proprietor of a cabaret club. Fight your way through Tokyo and Osaka by switching between three different fighting styles instantaneously and beating up all manner of goons, thugs, hoodlums, and lowlifes. When you’re not fighting, kill time in 1980’s Japan. From discos and hostess clubs to classic Sega arcades, there are tons of distractions to pursue in the richly detailed, neon-lit world.
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 (Jackbox Games) – The threequel to the party game phenomenon features the deadly quiz show Trivia Murder Party, the say-anything sequel Quiplash 2, the surprising survey game Guesspionage, the t-shirt slugfest Tee K.O., and the sneaky trickster game Fakin’ It. Boot up the game on your console and share your room code—up to eight players can use their phones or tablets as controllers and play along! Plus tons of new features just for streamers. It’s a digital box full of fun!”
PC Game Pass will receive a somewhat similar lineup of Yakuza 0, Wasteland: Remastered, Reigns: Game of Thrones, Two Point Hospital and Indivisible.
This marks the Yakuza series’ debut on Xbox One, with SEGA already confirming that Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2 will join the service on Xbox One later in 2020. In addition to Kingdom Hearts III’s inclusion, both Kingdom Hearts I.5 + II.5 HD ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts II.8: Final Chapter Prologue have launched on Xbox One today.