Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena Game to Shut Down on March 27

January 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment

Qliphort Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena banner with termination notice

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena, the free-to-play Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG simulator for the PC, will be shutting down operations on March 27, 2015. An announcement from Konami’s Duel Arena Team outlines the game’s schedule in its final weeks, while a post from the Team in the game’s forums calls the closing “permanent.”

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena had at times been criticized for its microtransactions model, which was different from and considerably more pricey than that in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation games. Players saw the writing on the wall when details about Duel Arena were abruptly removed from Konami’s TCG product page in late 2014, even though listings for Millennium Duels and Duel Generation (which were released before and after Duel Arena, respectively) remained on the page.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena formally launched in June 2014 after a month-long beta period. The browser game was the first Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG simulator for the PC to be released since the defunct Yu-Gi-Oh! Online game series.

Yugi Muto, Yami Yugi, Joey Wheeler, Tea Gardner, Seto Kaiba, Mai Valentine, Maximillion Pegasus, and Yami Marik avatars from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena
Farewell, friends. ‘Til we meet again!

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