It’s great to be here on Xbox Wire, talking about the one-year anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, the free-to-play trading card game based on the popular manga created by Kazuki Takahashi.
This time last year, we had just launched Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Our goal was to bring the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game to duelists across the globe and give them the definitive digital edition of the beloved competitive card game.
To deliver this, we ensured Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel offered next-gen presentation, including 4K Ultra HD support and dynamic audio and music. We included a deep single-player Solo Mode based around the stories and lore behind the cards. We added more than 10,000 cards to the game at launch, as well as deep deck-building mechanics. On top of supporting online dueling, we held competitions and events throughout the year, and we even added a Team Battle mode in November.
Since launch last year, Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel has achieved more than 50 million downloads. Duelists have fought in over 2.1 billion PvP Duels, and they’ve obtained more than 34.4 billion cards!
If you’ve not yet played Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, now is the perfect time to start. It’s been an incredible first year, and to celebrate it, today we’re kicking off the One Year Anniversary Campaign.
To get into the celebratory spirit, we’ve introduced the 1st Anniversary Bundle to offer loads of bonus items that enhance the dueling experience. Anyone who purchases the bundle will receive the brand-new 1st Anniversary Protector, Duel Field and Icon Frame.
The bundle also grants you a new card featuring alternate art of one of the most famous cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! lore, the Dark Magician. The card features an awesome new Summoning scene as well! Another one of the bundle accessories is an Icon that features the staff-wielding wizard.
A total of three 1st Anniversary tickets are given away just by simply logging into the game. One UR Royal Finish card is unlocked with each free 1st Anniversary Pack you get by using 1st Anniversary tickets. The 1st Anniversary Packs feature legendary monsters that have starred in the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and anime over its long history. Additionally, the cards in the 1st Anniversary Pack can be combined with cards from the “New Step for Duelists” Selection Pack that is now available to enhance your deck.
There is another brand-new Selection Pack available to acquire from today. The “Sprites of Miracle” Selection Pack introduces the new “Spright” archetype to Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel. This archetype is set to burn brightly, featuring powerful new cards that are out of this world!
If you need a bit more Dark Magician in your dueling life, we’ve got you covered with the Structure Deck “Vortex of Magic.” Available now, it includes cards based around the power of Dark Magic including Master of Chaos and Illusion of Chaos.
Finally, starting February 16, Duelists can look forward to a very special PVP event. In the “Legend Anthology” event, you can battle it out with your fellow Duelists using some of the most famous themes in Yu-Gi-Oh! history. You’ll be able to take control of free Rental Decks that feature iconic archetypes selected especially for this event! This PVP showdown for the ages will feature plenty of special rewards for participants to acquire, so be sure not to miss it.
All of us at Konami are very grateful to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel community for making the game’s first year such an amazing one. There’s lots more to come in Year 2 and beyond, like the first ever World Championship for Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel. Whether you’re a Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel veteran or new to the game, now is the perfect time to duel.
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