Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel has only been out for just over a week, and the game has already seen massive success among not only hardcore fans of the long-running collectible card game, but new players as well. The game has already been breaking Steam records for card games since its surprise launch on January 18th, and its free-to-play model along with generous early-game gem distribution has seen players flock to the digital version. Now, Konami recently announced another major milestone the card game has eclipsed in the short time since its release.
As one of the longest running collectible card games in the industry, Yu-Gi-Oh! fans had been clamoring for an official online platform for several years when Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel was announced in July 2021. Following in the footsteps of franchises like Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering, which had previously seen transitions into a digital version, the game has already surpassed expectations with its early widespread popularity. Adding to Master Duel‘s accolades, the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Twitter account recently announced that Master Duel had surpassed 4 million downloads.
The official announcement through the European Twitter account for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG confirmed Thursday that Master Duel had already reached 4 million downloads just nine days after its launch. The reveal coincides with Konami beginning to roll out Master Duel‘s mobile version on iOS and Android, with select regions receiving the game first before it slowly releases in other regions. The accessibility of a mobile version of Master Duel will likely benefit the numbers as players are able to take their Yu-Gi-Oh! deck-building and dueling on the go.
While Master Duel has been praised by many members of the game’s community as well as casual fans, the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! title has not been without its fair share of criticism. Many fans have criticized the game for a lack of content often attributed to a rushed release, with Master Duel lacking proper online matchmaking outside Ranked Duels and the relatively short Solo Modes. The game’s card pool has also seen significant criticism from Yu-Gi-Oh‘s more passionate fans, as the curated selection of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards leaves out much of the game’s most recent sets.
While Master Duel has come under fire for its microtransaction-based monetization model, players have praised Master Duel‘s crafting system for making the game very friendly to free-to-play players throughout its opening weeks. The ability to dismantle cards a player doesn’t want into CP to put toward more desired cards makes the deck-building process much easier for players coming into the game with an idea of what they would like to play. Master Duel‘s launch has seen the long-running card game riding a fresh surge of popularity, and it will be up to Konami to maintain that success.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and in select regions for mobile devices.