Yu-Gi-Oh! is a franchise that is almost as old as I am, with a worldwide fanbase, numerous anime and film series, and more merchandise than you can imagine. Nevertheless, beyond early 2000s titles like Duelist of the Roses or The Falsebound Kingdom, Yu-Gi-Oh! has seen little major change or alternative gameplay modes until recently with titles like Yu-Gi-Oh! RUSH DUEL: Dawn of the Battle Royale!!
Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL is set to be Konami's next bold move forward from the card game king in a while, daring to change the face of the format once more. There's still plenty to learn about what Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL will feature in terms of the core gameplay.
Yuya Takayanagi, one of the developers from the team responsible for Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL, provided answers. We even got a chance to ask him what his personal favourite card is.
Pocket Tactics: How is Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL more accessible for players who haven't played Yu-Gi-Oh!
Yuya Takayanagi: Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL is designed to be a game that can be easily shared with friends and family. The rules are simple to grasp, and anyone can learn to play it without difficulty. The difficulty and depth of the monsters will gradually increase as the playing experience improves, step by step.
What's the best advice you'd give to someone just starting Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL?
After understanding the rules, I think the first thing you should do is make a Deck. If you do not know what sort of Deck to make, the game has a great tool called Recommended Deck Selection. This will automatically create a Deck for you, based on your available cards. It's very helpful to begin playing with them.
Yu-Gi-Oh! MASTER DUEL neglected to mention the anime at all, is Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL incorporating characters and stories from the anime?
Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL features the original voices of anime characters from seven Yu-Gi-Oh! series, from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters to Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS. It's great to hear all of the dialogue from well-known characters like Yami Yugi and Jaden Yuki recorded specifically for this game. Additional characters will be added from time to time, and we hope you'll enjoy playing alongside them and hearing their unique voice
Do you intend to host a competitive tournament for Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL in the future?
The format and timing of any tournaments haven't been decided yet, but we'd like to conduct in-game as well as offline competitions for Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL. In the future, we'd like to continue bringing Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL to large competitive events such as the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship.
What led to the creation of a four-player Yu-Gi-Oh game?
I wanted to create a new form of play for the internationally popular Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. Therefore, I developed the notion of a four-player game as a result of my research of the strategic nature and depth of the Yu-Gi-Oh! games.
How does four-player gameplay alter the mood of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel?
I think the characteristics that arise from a competition for a position with multiple players are what makes Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL so enjoyable. Its thinking about how to improve one's ranking in a Duel at any point. You need to work out the psychology of multiple opponents. I think this is a major part of the unique Yu-Gi-Oh! experience.
What motivated you to include the monster customization skill trees in your game?
We wanted to create individuality, where the same monster has different abilities depending on the user's setup. We thought this would widen the scope of strategies and Deck building and make it even more entertaining. The skill tree was implemented as a challenging element of the game that enhances the experience.
How have you used Yu-Gi-Oh! CROSS DUEL as inspiration for other live service Yu-Gi-Oh! games?
We always strive to create items that best represent our original artwork, animations, and games, so we are influenced by all of them.
In this game, what style of duel is your personal favorite, and why?
Personally, I like to have fun with my coworkers in room matches the most. I play with different Decks for each match, and its a fun environment in which to experiment and be creative.
What is your favourite card in the whole series?
The Blue-Eyes White Dragon is my personal favourite monster card because of its completely different appearance from traditional dragons like those from Western and Oriental cultures.
Check out our Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel review to see how we got on with the first title out of Konamis card game monolith in 2022.