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Card Shark's deceitful gambling caper has been delayed to 2022

Devolver Digital and Nerial have inevitably pushed Card Shark's release to next year, but we got a new trailer.

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Card Shark is a very interesting gambling narrative game from Devolver Digital and Nerial – the developers who brought us the Reigns games and are working on an Animal Farm game. It was supposed to come to Nintendo Switch and Steam in 2021, but as with many games trying to make it in before the new year, it’s not to be. Card Shark has been officially delayed back to 2022 with a trailer expanding upon the nature of its card-cheating escapades.

Devolver Digital announced the delay of Card Shark into 2022 via the Devolver Digital Twitter on November 30, 2021. We didn’t get a concrete idea of when in 2022 the new release date would be set, but we did get a new look at the narrative and gameplay Nerial has in store for us. It would appear we play the role of a low-tier swindler who is taken in by a master card shark in 18th Century France. The game follows their escapades as they go town to town working over increasingly higher class (and rich) opponents in various card games. Hiding cards, marking them, deck tricks, use of reflections, and more are just part of the overall bevy of swindles involved.

One of the most interesting parts of Card Shark is that there are most certainly dangers involved. From the lowest back alley swindle to a daring gamble at high-class estates, there are many a character in Card Shark that won’t take kindly in the slightest to having their money stolen by more than Lady Luck. Card Shark landed firmly on our radar when it was first announced for PC and Nintendo Switch in August 2020. With this latest trailer’s reveals, we’re more than ready to see the intrigue this story of gambles, deceit, and subtle nudges of luck has in store for us.

As we await a more concrete release date or window on Card Shark, stay tuned for further details in 2022.

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TJ Denzer is a player and writer with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. He found his way to the Shacknews roster in late 2019 and has worked his way to Senior News Editor since. Between news coverage, he also aides notably in livestream projects like the indie game-focused Indie-licious, the Shacknews Stimulus Games, and the Shacknews Dump. You can reach him at tj.denzer@shacknews.com and also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

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