The newest Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-off game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel, will put a new spin on dueling by allowing four players to battle each other at once.
Konami has just announced a brand-new Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-off titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel, and it will shake up the standard card game formula of the series by allowing four players to compete against each other at a time. In addition to the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game, the late Kazuki Takahashi’s beloved manga and anime franchise has spawned several video games over the years. Many of these Yu-Gi-Oh! video games have simply emulated the card game, but others have branched out into different gameplay genres ranging from board games to real-time strategy/RPG hybrids.
Even the Yu-Gi-Oh! games that stuck to the tried-and-true turn-based card game formula are no strangers to playing around with it in interesting ways. The early Yu-Gi-Oh! titles that predated the physical card game often featured wildly different rule sets than what fans are familiar with, and even the contemporary Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel added concepts like card crafting to help players build their ideal deck to take down opponents. However, most Yu-Gi-Oh! games have only allowed two players to battle each other at a time, though this is about to change with the latest spin-off title.
Earlier today, Konami announced (via GameSpot) Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel, a new free-to-play mobile game that is launching on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store on September 6. All the monsters, spells, and traps fans have come to expect from Yu-Gi-Oh! are present and accounted for in Cross Duel, but there’s one major twist that will shake up the mechanics of a match: each duel is played by four opponents at once. Indeed, Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel features a four-player versus mode, a four-player co-op mode that will see players team up to battle powerful Raid Bosses, and even a more traditional one-on-one mode. The number of players isn’t the only change in Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel’s gameplay either: players have three monster and spell/trap field zones to place Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in – and each monster zone is linked to an opponent’s zone with a line. When a player summons a monster, it starts to move down the line until it reaches the corresponding monster zone on the other side of the field. If it hits an opponent’s monster, it attacks, but unlike past Yu-Gi-Oh! titles, if the monster wins it loses a portion of its attack point total based on the enemy it just defeated. Fans can already pre-register for Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! website, and a trailer can be seen on the YuGiOhCardEU YouTube channel.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel Puts A Spin On The Classic Game
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel isn’t the first free-to-play Yu-Gi-Oh! game to launch in 2022, as the aforementioned Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel was released on consoles and mobile devices back in January. Master Duel features a more traditional take on the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, and while some Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel newcomers have struggled to get a handle on the game mechanics, fans have praised it for being a faithful recreation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! gameplay experience.
In contrast, Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel looks to shake up the franchise’s card game formula with its faster combat and new four-player duels. The Yu-Gi-Oh! anime has featured duels with more than two players, but this will be a first for the Yu-Gi-Oh! games in Cross Duel. Fans won’t have to wait too much longer to jump into Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel either, as it will launch on mobile devices in early September.