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Reigns developer reveals a new game about cheating at cards in 18th century France

Reigns is a simple but very entertaining game about ruling a medieval kingdom by swiping left or right, Tinder-like, on digital cards that represent daily decisions. Success is often a matter of luck, but "apt decision-making" is a big factor too, and unexpected outcomes are all a part of the fun.

After two follow-ups—Reigns: Her Majesty, and the licensed Reigns: Game of Thrones—developer Nerial announced today that it's working on something a little different. Cards are still involved, but instead of swiping them, you're cheating at them: Card Shark is a game about hustling your way to the top in 18th century France. 

"Move from the local card parlours to the King’s table by building up your array of card tricks and using your ill-gotten gains to buy your way into some truly high-stakes games," the relatively sparse Steam page says. "Just make sure you don’t get caught as your fellow gamesters do not take kindly to cheaters."

There's not much in the way of detail at this point, but the announcement says the game "will teach you real card tricks and manipulations," which you'll put to good use as you fleece your way through French society. Mastering techniques will unlock new locations, and the more you win, the more you'll be able to risk in truly high-stakes games.

Even more interesting, though (to me, at least) is the promise of narrative twists and turns that the trailer hints at, which will hopefully make getting caught at cheating at least as interesting as successfully pulling it off. That would be a fairly natural evolution of the Reigns experience, which rarely ended well but almost always ended with a bang.

Card Shark isn't set to come out until sometime in 2021. In the meantime, you can find out more at carksharkgame.com.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.