Free-to-play title managed to attract over 150k concurrent players, surpassing Metal Geat Solid V's launch numbers.
Konami's highly-anticipated free-to-play (F2P) card game Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel has managed to attract a large number of players across all platforms several hours after the official release. On Steam, the game has peaked at 159,158 which is the highest number of concurrent players for a Konami game to date.
Previously, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was Konami's record holder with over 91,000 concurrent players. It's probably not fair to compare a F2P game with a full-priced, $60 title, but still, these are pretty impressive numbers and it will be interesting to see if we even bigger player count peaks as more and more players install the game.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is also available on PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo consoles but we don't have the player numbers for these. However, judging by the popularity of the game on Steam, it's safe to say that is probably an impressive launch that will make Konami happy.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel allows players to collect the iconic cards and battle against other players in PvP but there's also a solo mode that guides players through storylines from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. It's a nice way to learn the basics if you've never played Yu-Gi-Oh! card game before but also to introduce you to the world of the popular anime series.