The latest update to the Xbox Game Pass subscription service has added one of 2021’s best games to the lineup in the form of Monster Hunter Rise. Even though Monster Hunter Rise originally launched in 2021, it’s making its Xbox debut as an Xbox Game Pass title, so it could technically be considered a day one release for the service.
Monster Hunter Rise originally launched in 2021 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive release. Maintaining the classic Monster Hunter gameplay while adding well-received new gameplay features, Monster Hunter Rise earned critical acclaim and ended 2021 as one of the year’s top-rated new releases. Capcom eventually brought Monster Hunter Rise to PC in early 2022, but the game is just now making its debut on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
Anyone with an Xbox Game Pass subscription can now play Monster Hunter Rise on Xbox One and Xbox Series X. This new version of Monster Hunter Rise comes with major performance enhancements over the original release, which should make it the definitive way to experience the game. Only the base game of Monster Hunter Rise is available right now, but the popular Sunbreak expansion is expected to arrive on PlayStation and Xbox at some point later this year. While details have yet to be confirmed, it’s unlikely that Sunbreak will be a part of the Monster Hunter Rise Xbox Game Pass deal, so fans will likely have to pay for it if they want to access the new content.
Monster Hunter Rise is joining Xbox Game Pass just one day after the service added both Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden. Like Monster Hunter Rise, Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden technically released for other platforms a long time ago, but they made their Xbox debuts as day one Game Pass games. The three games have ensured that January 2023 is a big month for Xbox Game Pass, but there should be even more to look forward to these next couple of weeks.
For some reason, Microsoft has diverted from its usual Xbox Game Pass updates, and so fans don’t know about everything that’s coming to the service in the second half of January. However, previous release date announcements have confirmed that Xbox Game Pass subscribers can look forward to day one game Inkulinati as well as the console version of Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition. The console version of Roboquest is also expected to join Xbox Game Pass by the end of January, but a specific date still has yet to be announced.