Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Announced, Will Be Available On Most Platforms

by in General | Jul, 21st 2021

Duelists rejoice — Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel has finally been shown off and, needless to say, it looks far better than anyone had anticipated! In fact, it looks downright spectacular! If you’ve been itching for a truly comprehensive Yu-Gi-Oh! title, one that would rival other digital card games like Hearthstone, Legends of Runeterra, and Magic the Gathering: Arena then you finally have a reason to celebrate!

To put it as succinctly as possible: Konami knocked it out of the park! But don’t just take our word for it — have a look yourself!

Master Duel looks like the best and most complete Yu-Gi-Oh! title to date and will no doubt excite millions of players across the globe — all of whom have probably been spending their nights dueling and theorycrafting in fan-made games like YGOPro and the like.

Such projects have accomplished great things over the years, there’s no doubt about it, but we’ve all been yearning for something more official, more polished, a title that would take our breath away rather than just serve as a makeshift. For years it seemed that Konami simply didn’t want to deliver which resulted in Yu-Gi-Oh! slowly but surely losing its allure.

Fortunately, it seems as though this Tokyo-based giant had a plan all along — it just took a bit more time to realize it than anyone expected. Still, better late than never!

What’s New?

The first thought that comes to mind once you see Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel in action is “finally” — it looks and feels like a video game made in 2021, with lavish animations, detailed terrain, bespoke effects for different card types and monster summons, and everything in between. It looks like the anime we all know and love and is definitely a sight for sore eyes.

“Yu-Gi-Oh! MASTER DUEL lets players old and new enjoy the hugely popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) in digital form. Players across the globe can compete in intense collectible card Duels, both thrilling to play and watch. Unlike other Yu-Gi-Oh! titles that have featured the manga and anime, Yu-Gi-Oh! MASTER DUEL is fully positioned around the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, and it promises to be the most complete Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG digital title yet.”

Konami senior producer Kenichi Kataoka also briefly touched on this being the first Yu-Gi-Oh! game in history to officially support 4K. It’s not a particularly spectacular addition, but it’ll no doubt make your duels all the more visually appealing (and legible) when played on the big screen.

The most important thing, however, is that the dev team worked around the clock to ensure a good enough balance between the game’s presentation and its tempo. Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist, for instance, is far too slow — to the point of it being unplayable, even. The animations are drawn out, and it just feels like a bad imitation of the anime, as if each and every single move was slowed down in an attempt to give it a bit of weight; the idea behind it is rational if not even commendable, but it’s the realization that left a lot to be desired.

Finding that balance will be of the utmost importance.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel — Platform Availability

This long-awaited (and seemingly much spectacular) title will be released on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and even iOS and Android. Konami really went all out!

Moreover, the fact that both mobile operating systems will be getting a bit of love makes a lot of sense seeing the obscene amounts of revenue Konami has been able to generate through Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links over the years. If they manage to implement cross play and cross progression as well then they’d really spoil us beyond measure!

There’s still no concrete release date at the time of this writing, but if we had to take a wild stab in the dark, we’d say that a Q4 2021 release is probably in the cards. As always, we’ll keep you updated!


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