Konami, the creators of Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, released an in-game notification stating that the game will be unavailable for play in the early hours of Wednesday, March 23 due to extended maintenance. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel maintenance will last for an estimated three and a half hours from midnight ET until 3:30 a.m. The reason for the maintenance is to prepare for the game’s second-ever in-game event, which is the N/R Rarity Festival.
Details on the Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel maintenance
The purpose of the maintenance is stated in the in-game announcement to be purely “system maintenance,” which means that the team will be making sure everything in-game will be working properly for the big event. Like previous updates, rooms and match history will be removed as part of an effort to improve server connections. This is the “cache server update” in the message in-game. The maintenance also may conclude either earlier or later than scheduled without prior notice based on the logistics of the update and unforeseen circumstances.
Players should not expect any major updates to the game as the timing lines up with the event and everything known about the event is already public. However, new assets may hint at future updates with this maintenance, especially since the end of the battle pass and ranked season is coming up at the end of the month.
Previous datamines after maintenance show included new story mode gates, new packs and new mates. Some datamined assets are still not in the game. Some of these include new card packs and the aforementioned mates and story mode gates. The latest update to the game added a new story mode gate which was based around The Weather Painter archetype.
The N/R Rarity Festival kicks off immediately after maintenance concludes in the early hours of Wednesday, March 23. The event will last for a little over a week with an end date schedule for Sunday, April 3.
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