KONAMI recently made an official announcement on their website regarding the shut down of Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel. No specified reason was given by the developers regarding why they will be ending the services, however, GamingonPhone’s research shows a pathetic revenue graph. The news comes just after the announcement of an in-game event where Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS characters cards were to be added.
KONAMI released a detailed schedule for the shut down of Yu-Gi-Oh Cross Duel
Konami has officially released a detailed shutdown schedule so that the fanbase can be aware of the series of events that are scheduled to be followed before the shutdown. Just for a quick reference following are the main highlights from the schedule shared y the developers,
- April 4 at 5:00 [UTC], 2023: New “Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS” Single Player Event and cards
- April 5 at 5:00 [UTC], 2023: Refund Process for unused Crystals Open
- April 13 at 5:00 [UTC], 2023: New Raid Event and cards
- September 4 at 5:00 [UTC], 2023: End of Service
Developers have made it clear that the refunds will be allowed to be processed regarding the crystals and other in-game currency currently held by the players however there are certain prerequisites that the fans will have to fulfill.
Players are required to note down their own in-game Duelist ID and Crystal balance. To make sure that the transaction is hassle-free and fluent players will have to make sure they have upgraded the game to the most recent version.
Poor business performance led to the closure
The game was initially appreciated by the community due to the uniqueness of the gameplay despite being a card game. It didn’t follow the traditional gameplay and offered a real-time system to reduce the pause and waiting time in a game to maintain a quick and more exciting pace. However, as time passed, the game started losing its players and the revenue dropped significantly.
After its soft launch in July, the game peaked its performance in September and since then the performance only went downward as seen in this AppMagic data.
If we look at the March 30th data, the game only had 2303 downloads and only made $704 globally from both Google Play and iOS App Store. With the news of the shutdown being scheduled for September 4, it will be interesting to see what next would be on the list for the series.
What are your thoughts on Konami announcing Yu-Gi-Oh Cross Duel Shut down? Let us know in the comments below!