I’m pretty sure most of us have dreamed of playing games like Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, and Yu-Gi-Oh! in virtual reality. The platform is ripe for a player versus player game in that genre because unlike those standard flat screen (or card) games, VR actually makes you feel like you’re part of the action. Plus it gives the characters you’re playing with the chance to really come to life – well, virtual life at least.
So since no studio has taken the bait yet, a fan decided to take matters into his own hands and create a working demo of the popular card game, Yu-Gi-Oh! YouTuber Joseph Min shared a video of the game he created on his channel, and it looks a lot like the iconic duels from the anime series. As you’ll see from the video below, Joseph has already put in a lot of work into the game. It has working 3D monster models, animations, and special effects, as well as the Yugi Mutou character’s voice. All of which helps make the game feel authentic and true to the series.
Check out the video below:
Obviously, a lot of work is still needed, especially since all of the cards don’t have character models yet. However, Joseph has stated that he plans on making models for each card – a big undertaking in itself.
Right now the game is very early in development. Looking at the videos, this game will support HTC Vive. Though no platform support has been announced by the YouTuber yet, so it could come to the Rift as well. As for gameplay, as you’ll see in the video, there’s a player versus AI mode and online multiplayer will be an option as well. When or if the game gets released. Plus Joseph has also said that a co-op/tag-team mode is in the works as well. So you’ll be able to duel alongside a friend or be partnered up with a stranger. He said he’s planning to share the game, which he’s creating using Unity along with the help of another YouTuber (MicrowaveSam), in May this year for beta testers to help further expand the Yu-Gi-Oh! VR game.
In another video, Joseph explains that he and Sam have created a game lobby area as well where players will be able to hang out, buy and trade cards, and challenge other players to duels. He also stressed that cards will be bought with in-game currency, which is earned in duels. This lobby area has a few sections, including the arena where people can enter to spectate featured battles and react to them. No info has been given yet on how these featured battles will happen. Though I’m guessing it will consist of tournaments where score leaderboards will be taken into account.
Overall, it looks like Joseph and Sam – who created a Yu-Gi-Oh! proof-of-concept demo for the Microsoft Hollolens a while back – are working hard to create the quintessential Yu-Gi-Oh! VR game that fans of the series would love to get their hands on.