Konami has dropped the shadow Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel on mobile devices, after being announced in July of last year.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel is a spin-off title where three opponents duel at once, with monsters having individual skill trees that can unlock game-exclusive abilities. The game had a single beta test in October 2021, which saw around 5,000 participants, but not much has been heard from the game since then.
As DotEsports reported, Konami confirmed in May of this year that the game’s release was still planned, despite fans wondering if it had been shut down. Similar to the main title, Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, Cross Duel will be released in waves on Android and iOS. So if you’re not seeing it in your region yet, it’s probably a matter of time.
Cross Duel is currently available in Canada, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong, with the game expected to launch in more regions in the coming days.
Whether or not Cross Duel is successful remains to be seen, but Master Duel helped Konami have its most profitable year ever.
Unfortunately, last night (July 6) it was discovered that the Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi had been found dead. His body had been “found floating while he was wearing snorkeling gear”, and was recovered by the Japanese coast guard.
Takahashi’s career took off with the 1996 release of Yu-Gi-Oh! which later spawned the popular trading card game.
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