Okay, so I came across Duelyst 3 days ago randomly on Steam when I was going to download Yu-gi-oh Duel Links and decided to check it out. 3 days later, I already have more than 20 hours on the game. I just love the game, I played Hearthstone for 3 years and this game makes me never want to come back to it. Now that being said, when I look at the current state of the game, with very few players, last patch 4 months ago with no updates other than promotions, mobile app never coming out (they have been promising this for 2 years and nothing until now? not even a beta?), developers quiting the game gradually, I suddenly don’t wanna play anymore.
It makes me really sad to see Duelyst as a dying game because I know this game has so much potential to be way bigger than it is but sadly it looks like Bandai doesn’t give a single one about it. The current state of Duelyst reminds me of another card game that I played years ago called Eredan iTCG. It’s a browser card game that has a very different idea just like Duelyst, and it was one of the best games I ever played, if it wasn’t for the fact that the game was literally impossible to play as a free-to-play player. You hit a state of the game really early where you are obligated to play against people with better cards, and you can’t get those cards for free because they’re too expensive to buy with the money you get playing (Just to give you an idea, those cards cost like thousands of crystals and you got 40 if you win and 20 if you lose, yea). The game still exists, but there’s only like 100 people playing it, even tho the game has 2 million accounts created. There’s no content being added, just the people who expended so much on the game that can’t bring themselfs to quit it are playing it today.
Not trying to be a doomsayer here but it looks to me that Duelyst is going to end that way in a year or two at most. I wanted to recommend this game to my friends so I could play with them but who would want to play and invest time and money in a dying game other than a card game affictionate like myself? I actually managed to make to rank 11, 1 star off of rank 10 with almost entirely basic and common cards, but already got most of the beginner rewards, completed all of the solo challenges, and even defeated the boss, and after doing all that I still don’t have a decent size collection to explore and build different decks and it feels like i’m running out of stuff to do other than the daily quests. This game has 5 expansions and there’s no separation of formats. You just expect new players to compete with people that have been playing for 2 years? I understand there’s somethings that cost money and that’s fair, like a mobile app (even though its been 2 years) or marketing, but separating formats and giving new players a good set of cards to start with are easily doable. Rather than focusing on advertising the game to new players, what about making sure the few ones that get into it stay with it?
Anyway, that’s what I think about the current state of the game right now. Sorry for making it this long.