Yu-Gi-Oh! is one of the highest-grossing media franchises in history due mostly to the immense popularity of its trading card game. Since 1999, the Yu-Gi-Oh! the trading card game has attained a dedicated global following of duelists that continue to collect cards in order to piece together the perfect deck to triumph over their opponents.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links was developed by Konami in 2016 as a way to allow duelists to put their skills to the test against countless others around the world in virtual reality. The game slightly modifies the rules of the trading card game in order to make the duels more fast-paced. Duel Links also continually adds expansions that include characters and cards from the different Yu-Gi-Oh! anime incarnations including the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions, and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL.
During a special “Yu-Gi-Oh! Digital Next” event on July 20, 2021, Konami announced that Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V will be added into Duel Links, which will be a real treat for the 140 million duelists that have the game already downloaded. But this announcement was merely a footnote of the Digital Next event considering that Konami went on to unveil their plans for three new Yu-Gi-Oh! games that will be released during the next year.
The first big piece of news of the Digital Next event was the announcement that Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel will be arriving on the Nintendo Switch later this year. Rush Duel launched exclusively in Japan last year and became an instant hit. The rules of Rush Duel are much different than those of the original card game by allowing multiple draws and summons in one turn to unexpectedly change the conditions of the game. Rush Duel gives players the opportunity to explore the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS with their friends and digitally duel worthy adversaries from anywhere at any time.
Next up in the Livestream presentation was Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, which will fully utilize the rules of the original card game supported with 4K resolution. The crisp animation and realistic sound effects enhance the dueling experience by making the game incredibly engaging to watch (especially if you have a good TV). Konami aims to make Master Duel an official event at the annual Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship after its inevitable release either this year or next year. Master Duel will be available to play on PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and mobile.
During the last minute of the Digital Next event, Konami provided a short teaser for a free-to-play mobile game called Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel. The only information provided about the game was that it will feature four-player card battles. Cross Duel will either employ a free-for-all game mode or a tag-team arrangement in order to pull off four-person duels. Even if the rules will be unorthodox, Cross Duel is destined to shake things up for duelists upon its eventual release.
Konami’s timeline for the new Yu-Gi-Oh! game titles will keep fans of the trading card game happily busy in the near future. As for now, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is available to play on mobile and Steam.