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New on Xbox Game Pass for January: Persona’s portable ports, and Monster Hunter

All three games launching on other platforms the same day

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The main character of Persona 4 Golden glows with energy while wearing special eyeglasses
Persona 4 Golden (Windows PC, 2020)
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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Three JRPGs all making their debut on modern consoles next week will be available in Xbox Game Pass’ library on the same day: Monster Hunter Rise, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable. The two Personas are available to subscribers beginning Jan. 19, and the latest Monster Hunter is available on Jan. 20.

Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden are both ports of ports, broadly speaking, which originated on Sony handhelds more than a decade ago. Atlus launched a version of 2006’s Persona 3 for PlayStation Portable (hence the name) in 2010, and followed that with Persona 4 Golden, an adaptation of 2008’s Persona 4 on PlayStation 2, for PlayStation Vita in 2012.

However, for fans, both versions are distinct enough — Persona 3 Portable added the option to play as a female protagonist — to merit a relaunch on current platforms on Jan. 19. (Persona 4 Golden launched on Windows PC in 2020, and is also compatible with Steam Deck, too.)

Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden also launch on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on Jan. 19. Persona 3 Portable will also be available for Windows PC the same day.

Monster Hunter Rise is Capcom’s latest edition of the action-RPG franchise, first launching for Nintendo Switch in 2021 and coming to Windows PC in 2022. It’s also getting a day-and-date launch on Xbox Game Pass as well as PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on Jan. 20. We enjoyed Rise on the Switch, especially as a game playable on the go, but didn’t find much in the PC adaptation to make it stand out.

Departing Xbox Game Pass on Jan. 15 are three games — Nobody Saves the World, Drinkbox’s novel, top-down action RPG that launched a year ago; The Anacrusis, a 2021 Left 4 Dead-like from a studio founded by Chet Faliszek; and Windjammers 2, Dotemu’s sequel to the 1990 cult hit. Also leaving: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Pupperazzi, and We Happy Few. Xbox Game Pass subscribers can pick these up for 20% off their usual Xbox store price before they leave.

Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass both cost $9.99 a month. PC Game Pass includes EA Play access, which offers another 70 games on PC. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, at $14.99 per month, gives subscribers access to everything — the PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass libraries, EA Play on both console and PC, and the Cloud Gaming beta — as well as Xbox Live Gold membership, which is needed for online multiplayer.

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