Konami will be celebrating 20 years of Yu-Gi-Oh! this year. To commemorate this momentous occasion, they have announced three new titles to accompany their growing range of digital Yu-Gi-Oh! games. All of them will be released at different intervals throughout the year on mobile, 3DS, PC, and console platforms.
Details on the gameplay are sketchy at best, with Konami keeping tight-lipped about their content. We do, however, have the official title for the iOS and Android version — Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. We do not know at this time if this game will be free-to-play or a paid title, but one thing is for certain: it is not here to replace Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation.
We can only speculate about the games’ features at this time, but the name alone suggests that some features of the game may link into the 3DS and PC games arriving later in the year. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links on mobile has been given a Spring release schedule, with the 3DS version penciled in for a summer release; the PC/console version won’t be landing until winter this year.
Yu-Gi-Oh! For 3DS and Yu-Gi-Oh! Online are the working titles for the 3DS and PC/console releases, respectively. The 3DS version is more than likely going to focus on the new Arc-V animated series as the latest in a long line of handheld console versions of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. This will be the first version to include the new Pendulum Summoning mechanic that has taken the physical game to new heights.
Major updates have been confirmed for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation on iOS and Android, and for Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist on PS4 and Xbox One. These two titles have been at the forefront of Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! offerings for some time and are competing against some of the biggest games in the industry.
This will be great news for those concerned that Konami isn’t doing enough to continue the support of their current titles. Though no dates have been given for these updates, you can probably expect to see them fairly soon.
Konami shut down the servers of their online offering of Yu-Gi-Oh! some time ago. It gave you the chance to play a simulated duel online against anyone around the world. When the servers shut down, fans decided to create their own online clients that allowed you to play them for free. With consistent updates, every card in the game, and a comprehensive rule set, Konami are going to have to create an amazing online experience for their PC and console fans to tear them away from a true free-to-play client.
If you’re a loyal Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, the announcement of these new titles should be very exciting news. Performapal, Dracoslayers, and Monarchs are currently ruling the world stage for the world’s best-selling physical card game. Hopefully, they’ll also be available in the digital versions to allow us to test our skills against anyone, anywhere, and at any time!
Are you looking forward to these releases? What features are you hopeful for?