20 Jul 2021 12:14 PM +00:00

Two New Yu-Gi-Oh Mobile Games and a Big Duel Links Update Are Coming

Following on from 140 million downloads across iOS and Android, Konami is presumably looking to replicate the success of its mobile game Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links with a bunch of other upcoming mobile titles. The company used today's Yu-Gi-Oh livestream to not only confirm a suspected major update to the aforementioned game but to announce not one but three new games in the long-running TCG series - two of which are coming to iOS and Android.

In the brief ten-minute product showcase, the lid was lifted on the upcoming ARC-V update for Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links. The game, which was originally released back in 2016, has slowly incorporated characters and storylines from throughout the franchise's popular anime adaptions. With the introduction of the ARC-V storyline comes its main mechanic: Pendulum Summon. It allows players to, against its popular meme, summon multiple monsters not only in one turn but at the same time.

If the Duel Links approach of leaning heavily on the Yu-Gi-Oh anime series has put you off in the past, Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel could be something to keep an eye on. This multi-platform game isn't centered around the popular anime and manga at all and instead aims to be a game based solely on the physical Yu-Gi-Oh TCG as a whole without any of the anime or manga branding.

Details are sparse and a release date wasn't shared, but it sounds as if it's where you'll want to be for the game's digital competitive scene going forward. It'll also be the first game in the series to feature 4k graphics on supported devices, so expect some fancy summons, card effects, and a lot of camera shake and impact if that livestream preview is anything to go by.

On the mobile-exclusive front, Yu-Gi-Oh Cross Duel was announced today as well. Though finer details and a planned release date again weren't shared, here's what we can glean from the announcement: similar to the exciting battle between Yami Yugi, Joey, Kaiba, and Marik towards the end of the anime's second series (and even the Tag Force series on PSP back in the day), Yu-Gi-Oh Cross Duel will bring four-player battles to the mainstream.

But seemingly before most of that, a new game exclusive to the Nintendo Switch will drop the most recent anime series into the digital age. Slated to release this autumn, Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel will introduce players to the cast of the currently airing Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens anime series. It introduces a new high-speed gameplay mechanic that allows duelists to rapidly draw cards from the decks. Online play is already confirmed as well, so expect more than just a bunch of NPC rivals to take on.

Though it isn't confirmed, expect the Duel Links ARC-V update to be the first of these to release.