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Card Hunter heading to Steam, with new expansion and co-op

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One of our Games of the Year (opens in new tab) (2013) is heading to Steam, alongside a new expansion inspired by A.I.-jerk classic System Shock. Until now, you could only play D&D-style collectible card game Card Hunter (opens in new tab) in your browser, but later this month you'll finally be able to close that pinned tab, and add the game to your Steam library instead.

Developers Blue Manchu Games are embiggening their game with a new expansion, Expedition to the Sky Citadel, that introduces a new computerised Game Master named Cardotron 2000. Reassuringly, the devs say that "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 [Blue Manchu founder and designer] Jonathan Chey, as a co-founder of Irrational Games, played a key role in breathing life into Shodan 15 years ago".

If you're not too bothered about the Steam version, you'll be pleased to hear that EttSC will be heading to the browser version too, alongside the new co-op mode that's just been added to the game. Yes, that's right: Card Hunter's formerly single-player-only campaign is now playable with chums.

And a good thing too, as our glowing review (opens in new tab) ended with the following words. "If Blue Manchu can figure a way to get co-op into this thing, they might just have the best board game without a board of the decade on their hands."

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.