Card Hunter Launches on Steam This Month Alongside New Expansion Pack

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The highly acclaimed combination of card game and tabletop RPG gains fresh fan-favorite mode and an expansion introducing challenging new mechanics – and a strangely familiar computerized Game Master

Blue Manchu today announced that Card Hunter will be launching later this month on Steam for Windows and Mac. Formerly only available as a browser-based game (www.cardhunter.com), the critically lauded combination of card play, deck building, tactical combat and classic fantasy role-playing will soon be accessible as a standalone free-to-play client. At the same time, players on all platforms can take on a brand new high level expansion pack Expedition to the Sky Citadel that introduces a variety of punishing new game mechanics, items and their associated cards – and introducing new a computerized GM ‘Cardotron 2000’. Cardotron 2000 is guaranteed 100% bug free and will definitely, never ever, lose its mind and raise an army of mutants and rebellious robots, as Shodan did in System Shock 2. It is pure coincidence that Jonathan Chey, as a co-founder of Irrational Games, played a key role in breathing life into Shodan 15 years ago.

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Along with the new client and content, all versions of Card Hunter now support co-operative multiplayer mode throughout the entirety of the formerly single-player only campaign, a much requested feature from the game’s legion of fans.

“The Steam ecosystem is called home by millions of gamers across the globe, and we felt the time was right to launch a client version of the game to connect with that audience,” explains Chey. “Card Hunter is now a mature, balanced game with a huge amount of free-to-play and optional add-on content, and we have implemented the fan-anticipated co-op mode. We felt that with the completion of Expedition to the Sky Citadel, the most challenging and fun expansion to date, there was no excuse not to embrace Steam and its community.”

Cardotron 2000 adds: “If you value that meat you call a body, you will download this game and witness my true glory.”

About Card Hunter

Card Hunter is a free to play online Collectible Card Game which blends together card play, deck building, tactical combat and fantasy role-playing in a unique combination. Half a million fans to date have grabbed their virtual cards, miniatures, dice and snacks and journeyed to a new world of adventure on the tabletop of Game Master, Gary. Card Hunter was awarded Most Original Game 2013 by PC Gamer magazine.

Players build a party and set forth on a grand adventure in the extensive free to play single-player campaign, now featuring co-op multiplayer for gaming alongside friends. Each adventure demands deck-building skills and tactical prowess as players battle horrifying Black Oozes, savage War Monkeys and more. Additional expansions and in game currency are available to extend and enhance the core game, but the mechanics have been carefully balanced to ensure “free-to-play” doesn’t mean “pay-to-win.”

In Card Hunter’s unique deck building system, equipping your party with the fantastical swords, shields and other adventuring gear you discover, builds your deck for you. Combat takes place on a grid based battlefield where clever tactical positioning and smart card-play will defeat foes and be rewarded with experience and loot.

When ready, players can challenge others in casual games, ranked matches or regularly scheduled leagues. Can they rise to the top of the month’s season? Can they and their undead minions triumph in the Graveyard Gambol league? Multiplayer Card Hunter is a never-ending challenge.

The game is currently available to play at www.cardhunter.com.

About Blue Manchu

Blue Manchu is a collection of games industry veterans, many formerly from Irrational Games, now working as a virtual team across the world. Jonathan Chey co-founded Irrational Games and was Director of Development on BioShock. Farbs is an indie developer responsible for the inventive Captain Forever. Art director Ben Lee was responsible for the comic book styling of the acclaimed Freedom Force. In addition, Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield was brought in as a consultant designer.