It’s time to duel!
Konami has announced that Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel will be heading to PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch and PC. Duelists will be happy to hear that Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel will be a free-to-play game. Unfortunately, a release date has not been announced at this time, although a trailer has been dropped showcasing the trading card battles first-hand.
As you might expect from the game’s title, it was confirmed at Yu-Gi-Oh! Digital Next Livestream that Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel will follow the master rules of the official Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game. This is a pleasant surprise, as previous Yu-Gi-Oh! games tend not to follow the physical card games or battle rules. Anyone else remembers Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories? The game was great fun, but it was absolutely bonkers and didn’t follow the official rules remotely.
In the trailer, we get to see the field layout where the duels will be taking place, and at first glance, it looks relatively decent. You can see the monster zones on both sides of the field, along with the corresponding magic and trap zones.
It appears to have some striking visuals when attacks and counters are transpiring, with the life point counter going up and down in correspondence to what is happening on the field. Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel will support 4K graphics, and this resolution will undoubtedly help reading cards on the field and keeping track of what is going on.
We get to see some fan favourite cards being played, including the Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician. The trailer finishes off by showing the all-mighty power of Exodia the Forbidden One in action. However, don’t worry if you didn’t see your favourite card in the trailer, as there will be over 10,000 cards to unlock.
Hopefully, these cards won’t be blocked by paid content as we’ve seen in many other free-to-play games, or that really would be some pot of greed. This is mainly because certain deck styles have a habit of saturating the competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! scene, potentially putting the game in danger for pay-to-win territory, and no one wants to see that.
Konami has also stated they are interested in making Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel an official event at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship. So, they clearly have very high aspirations for the upcoming game success.