Where is my Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle Royale game?

As a fan of this movie Battle royale And the Hunger Games book (the movie is also good), I was surprised that the Battle Royale genre did not permanently get me into trouble. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy playing Fortnite and Apex Legends, these two games are my most involved. They are well-made games. But each of them also occupies the same niche market, the shooter. I am eager for more creative rotation of the formula.

The recently announced Rumbleverse is a professional wrestling style game. As a long-term fan of sports entertainment, I like it very much. But I am very selfish, so give me more battle royale based on my specific interests. If you have heard me on podcasts or watched me on streaming media, you probably know that I am also a big fan of Yu-Gi-Oh. Since its inception, it has always been my first choice trading card game, and it is ready for battle royale games. No, I’m not talking about Yu-Gi-Oh Rush Duel: Dawn of the Battle Royale, it’s just a nominal concept. I want the real thing. how? It’s simple: it’s done.

The first and most famous Yu-Gi-Ohime has two battle royale style games: Duel Kingdom and Battle City. Both games brought dozens of players to a tropical island and a huge metropolis. They require competitors to fight freely under the elimination rules until only a few people are left (then they compete under the traditional brackets). It turns out that it is more entertaining than the standard tournament and provides some of the most exciting moments of the series.

The first season of Yugioh villain Maximilian Pegasus overlooks rivals in the dueling kingdom

I more or less hope to use this exact concept as a multiplayer video game, and considering the continued popularity of Battle Royale and Yu-Gi-Oh, it’s time to strike while the iron is hot. Put a large number of players represented by customizable avatars (such as “Fortnite”) into a huge map and let them run around and play card games with each other until there is one duel left. I don’t want to say that this is easy, because game development is definitely not the case. However, with an established template, it feels like a natural evolution, rather than releasing another card game simulator by number.

Suppose you rebuilt the island of the Duelist Kingdom. Winning a duel and then walking around until you find your next opponent can become boring. I have always appreciated that Fornite’s islands feel more like an amusement park than a shooting map. Fortnite allows players to interact with the world in other interesting ways, not just add corpses to it. Dueling kingdom players can walk through the hidden labyrinth of Paradox Brothers, or dive into the castle of Pegasus to uncover the legend of this flamboyant villain. Just as you finished cooking fish at the campsite of Mako Tsunami, with a bang, a random player challenges you in a dramatic way. excited!

One obstacle is that even if there are only 50 players instead of the standard 99 players, it may take a while to wait for dozens of people to complete a duel. I don’t think the shrinking ring is also not suitable for card game tournaments. One solution might be to adopt the speed dueling format used in the Yugioh Duel link. But I’m a traditionalist (give me my main stage 2), so I said stick to the regular format or divide them into filters so that time-sensitive players have faster choices. I also gave up the anime star chip/positioning card collection and the bracket tournament for the last few contestants. You lose once—a single duel rather than a two-win game—and you are out.

Yu-Gi-Oh!Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution

Although the idea is good (if I say so myself), money speaks for money, so the only way for this game to start is to make it financially worthwhile for Konami. They can sell single cards and booster packs in exchange for actual cash. In any case, getting the best meta card requires financial investment in real-world games; for experienced players, this is nothing new. Cosmetics available for purchase may include Yugi’s signature hairstyle, Kaiba’s sleek white coat or Bandit Keith’s patriotic headscarf. I know that players will throw money on the screen to rock the cloak of the rare hunter. Animation conventions and the wizarding world have proven that we nerds like to buy fancy robes, and the rare hunter is basically Yu-Gi-Oh’s organization XIII appearance. You can also duel monster pets to players; when they look for the next challenger, who doesn’t want Kuriboh to float by their side? Of course, everything should be reasonably obtainable through the course of the game, and well measured in the battle pass. Just…for the love of the Egyptian gods, don’t turn any of them into NFT.

A real Yu-Gi-Oh battle royale game will be amazing, and the second best thing that can happen after the actual duel plate/holographic card technology (we will get there one day). The genre and Yugioh video game may undergo major adjustments. If Konami realizes that a million-dollar idea has been staring at them for years, I would bet that thousands of players will be ready to join and start their game right away. Or it sucks, and we drove it to the shadow world together. At least we can still say that Konami tried it.