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Four Great Deckbuilder Card Battlers For Fans of Slay the Spire

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Slay the Spire’s successful year-plus Early Access run and launch last year helped popularize an exciting new genre. While “card battler” could be used to describe digital adaptations of collectible card games like Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh, it’s increasingly used to describe RPGs, roguelikes, and strategy games that happen to use cards to represent items, buildings, or abilities.

If you’re looking for more excellent card battlers besides Slay the Spire, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites.

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Cat Quest Pawsome Pack Leaping Onto Switch and PS4 this Summer

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Adorable Action-RPG Cat Quest and its recent sequel Cat Quest 2 are getting a compilation pack and physical release. The Cat Quest + Cat Quest II Pawsome Pack will be available in retail stores, including GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon, on July 31. The physical pack will be available for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, for $29.99.

Cat Quest, which originally launched in 2017, takes place in the world of Felingard. Our anthropomorphic feline adventurer travels the land in search of the evil Drakoth and their missing sister. The solo adventure includes lots of hacking, slashing, and spell-casting along the way.

Cat Quest 2 released last year. It expanded the universe to include dogs and wolves, and added two player local co-op. It features an all-new story and retains plenty of cat and dog puns.

Both Cat Quest games are available digitally on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One. The physical Pawsome Pack is releasing only for PS4 and Switch, on July 31. Cat Quest is made by Singapore-based developer The Gentlebros and published by PQube.

The Cat Quest series is rated E10+ with Fantasy Violence.

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Bungie Partners with Direct Relief for Guardian’s Heart Fundraising Initiative

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Bungie, the makers of the Destiny series, have proven themselves one of the most philanthropic developers in the industry. It comes as no surprise that Bungie is launching a fundraiser amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“In response to these trying times, Bungie is excited to announce the Guardian’s Heart fundraising initiative,” states the press release. “In partnership with Direct Relief, and in collaboration with our community, we want to bring the full might of the Bungie community to support the healthcare workers and frontline responders who are confronting this global healthcare crisis. Guardians have proven to be a tremendous force for good in the world and your generosity in supporting others in the fight against COVID-19 is inspiring.”

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization that supports people affected by poverty and disasters. During the pandemic, Direct Relief is working with healthcare industries to provide personal protective equipment like gloves and masks, as well as ventilators and other equipment needed during the crisis.

Donations through the Bungie partnership can be made via Tiltify. Donating at least $20 will award the Guardian’s Heart Emblem in Destiny 2. A redemption code will be emailed within a week of the donation, and can be redeemed at Bungie.net. One donation per email. Users can choose to donate more than $20, but will not receive any more emblems.

Destiny 2 is available as a free-to-play online game on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with optional paid expansion packs.

The Steam Game Festival Summer Edition Will Fill the E3 Void this June

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Like all conventions, E3 was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Geoff Keighley, host of the annual Game Awards, is hosting another event to help fill the void. The Steam Game Festival Summer Edition will run June 9 – 14, and feature several days of free demos of upcoming games.

“For the past few months I’ve thought a lot about new global and digital ways we could celebrate games the summer,” said Keighley on Twitter. “Today the announcement of the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition is the first preview of what’s coming together. The Steam Game Festival will give you the chance to play demos of upcoming games from developers around the world. And you can do it for free from the comfort of your own home in these uncertain times.”

With conventions shutting down around the world, developers and publishers are discovering new challenges for marketing their games. Indie developers in particular relied on getting their games in the hands of convention attendees for positive word of mouth. The Steam Games Festival allows developers to submit their game demos, as well as an Artist Statement and optional live streaming events.

Keighley previously worked with Valve for the Steam Game Festival Spring Edition in March, as a response to GDC’s last-minute cancellation. The Spring Edition featured over 40 indie games with free demos.

The deadline for developer submissions is April 24, and demos must be submitted by May 15. Game submissions should have a tentative release date before next summer. Games that are already available via Steam Early Access are not included in the event. The Steam Game Festival Summer Edition begins June 9.