Konami has stealthily released Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel. The trading card game is now available on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. However, we couldn’t find the mobile versions in their respective stores, as the free-to-play game is supposed to be released on Android and iOS smartphones as well. Also keep in mind, servers are still under maintenance. Here’s a screenshot of it:
Master Duel is a new free-to-play game in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise based on its traditional Master Rule. With over 10,000 cards, it intends to be friendly to newcomers who are still learning the rules while also allowing high-level players to enjoy great competitions all over the world. The game features crossplay and it’s possible to use the same account in all systems.
As a free-to-play game, it offers microtransactions so players can buy packs of random cards. According to the store pages, this virtual version of Yu-Gi-Oh! intends to be “the definitive edition of the competitive card game” covering multiple formats of gameplay. It also offers a Solo Mode with a story campaign that’s meant for both newcomers and those interested in the series’ cards lore.
If you’d like to know a little more about Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, Konami has shared multiple videos of the game’s modes over the past days. Shared by the European branch of Konami, they focus on each of the main menu options. First of them is a look at the menu itself and the profile customization:
After that, they shared a look at the story campaign, known as Solo Mode:
Deck Building is also an essential part of the game. It allows players to organize the cards they own to better plan out strategies:
Last but not least is the Shop, which allows players to buy cards using gems, which can be gained by playing and likely bought with real money too:
Konami also plans to release a look at the Duel Mode, which is the meat of Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, in January 19. That’s one of the reasons this release with no previous announcement has been a little puzzling. It’s likely the servers won’t be available until then but Konami hasn’t said anything on the matter yet.
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