Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is Out Now

After Konami has been keeping fans updated on the development of Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, the game sees a surprise release and is live now.

There have been many factors helping keep the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game relevant in the last 26 years. From anime such as Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, constant releases with new monsters and archetypes that aim to change the game up each set, as well as different formats for the game’s many players. Throughout the years, the one thing Yu-Gi-Oh! has lacked is a proper digital card game simulator for itself, but that has changed with the release of Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel.


Ever since the advent of PC games was on the rise, there has been a demand for tabletop games such as Monopoly or even Dungeons and Dragons to be made into an easier, digitalized version where the rules of the game were processed automatically by a computer. Card games had followed suit for ages, such as Pokemon and even digital-only card games like Hearthstone have come out of the demand. Yu-Gi-Oh! released a few similar titles, but all of them acted more like video game adaptions rather than a proper digital version.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel upon being announced back in July has always aimed to finally fill that niche in Yu-Gi-Oh!’s portfolio. The game has already been announced to feature at future World Championships events, as well as that it would feature a hefty story mode that focuses on YGO card lore rather than the story from the franchise’s many anime seasons and spin-offs. And now, to the surprise of fans, it has been released suddenly onto all platforms without any prior announcement.


The game, much like Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, is free to play and uses gems as a currency for an in-game shop. Players can use in-game purchases to fill up on gems with real-world currency, or simply complete in-game special event missions or story tasks to gain gems freely. These gems are used to purchase packs, structure decks, and cosmetic items similar to other games like Pokemon’s latest TCG simulator.

After many years of plenty of fans wishing for a proper way to connect with players to enjoy one of their favorite card games, Master Duel is here and is built to be the lasting definitive version of Yu-Gi-Oh! on consoles for hardcore players. It’s nice to finally have the niche filled after Konami’s struck down similar fan projects for years without something to take its place officially.

However, some players may see this as yet another way for Konami to cash in on Yu-Gi-Oh’s remaining popularity with how loyal players will need to spend gems and possibly real tender to make sure they own their favorite cards across both Master Duel, Duel Links, or any of the other upcoming titles such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel. For now, though, many fans feel rather satisfied with Master Duel finally being in their hands, and the future for the game looks incredibly bright.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is out now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and mobile devices.

Source: Gamerant

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