'Persona' and 'Monster Hunter' Join Xbox Game Pass This Month

Available for console, PC, or streaming

Three notable games are being added to Microsoft's ever-changing Game Pass library near the end of the month.

It's out with the old and in with the new as Game Pass says goodbye to six games but ushers in three more. Capcom's Monster Hunter Rise, along with Atlus' Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden, are bound for the service—all of which can be purchased, downloaded, or streamed.

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Formerly a Nintendo Switch-only affair, Monster Hunter Rise puts you in the boots of a hunter tasked with tracking down and dispatching (or capturing) a large variety of creatures.

The popular action RPG offers a robust bestiary, a large variety of weapon types, and numerous crafting options for all manner of hunting gear. You can play on your own or cooperatively online, though it seems that the Game Pass version omits the Sunbreak expansion.

Or there's Persona 3 Portable (a console and PC port of the PSP original) or Persona 4 Golden (ditto but originally on the Vita) if turn-based, story-driven games are more your thing.

These stylish RPGs provide dozens of hours of world-saving struggles and small-town intrigue, with several memorable characters and spectacular soundtracks. Both games are based on their upgraded portable versions, too, so there's much more overall content on offer compared to their original releases.

New Game Pass games for January, 2023


Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden will arrive on Game Pass on January 19, with Monster Hunter Rise following on January 20.

All three games will be available for Xbox consoles, PCs, and Cloud streaming. Subscribers have until January 15 before Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Nobody Saves The World, Pupperazzi, The Anacrusis, We Happy Few, and Windjammers 2 are out the door.

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