Pokemon Go exploded in popularity largely in part because it brought the world of Pokemon to reality. Pokemon has always held a special place in the hearts of many, and now someone hopes to bring Yu-Gi-Oh! to reality as well using Microsoft’s HoloLens.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Holo Lens Project uses Microsoft’s augmented reality to display the iconic Yu-Gi-Oh! monsters and bring fans of the card game and anime that much closer to feeling like their in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!.
The developer, going by the online aliases Generalkidd and General Heed, released the first version of Yu-Gi-Oh! For HoloLens in June 2016. The first release was basic featuring only the ability to summon and view monsters, but he’s has continued working on the project (now open source) since then and has added many new features with a promising future.
Here’s a look at that first release:
Since then he’s gone on to release the second major update which added some sound effects, special card soundtracks, new and bigger monsters, better performance, and Dark Magician Girl. Here’s a video showing the second release:
Mini updates between update 2 and 3 have included added animations, support for real playing cards and support for duel disks. You can watch those mini updates below:
Update 3 s where things are going to become most interesting and it should bring the project from alpha testing into beta testing. According to a recent update from Generalkidd, update 3 should be the first fully playable version. They are expecting online multiplayer support with the ability to duel a friend. Other features planned in the update will include more monster models and animations as well as the full decks. They are working hard on the update, but due to the size and complexity of the update, it’s taking longer than expected. Currently there is no known release date for the 3rd update.
If you’re interested in following along with the project’s development you can follow on both YouTube and the project’s blog. And if you want to contribute to the project you can contribute on Github or submit 3D models and animations here.