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Mysterious Cards suggest Steam Summer Sale is coming soon

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Oh god what are you, are you going to cost me money?

Mysterious Cards have started to pop up in the Steam marketplace, providing more hints that the Summer Sale is coming this month. I’m not trying to be enigmatic by calling them “Mysterious Cards,” that’s actually what they’re labelled as (see the image above.)

The cards were spotted on NeoGaf (and possibly other places too, but that’s where I saw it mentioned) and can apparently be crafted if you have certain trading card sets. That’s why there are several hundred of them for sale right now.

Thanks to a previously leaked image requesting that developers get their sale spreadsheets in by 13 June, we’ve been able to speculate before that the Steam Summer Sale will be starting in the mid-to-late period of that month (probably around the week beginning 23 June.) The recent appearance of Mysterious Cards adds a little weight to that, because we all know how much Valve love their sale-specific trading card games.

Update: Further indications of a 19 June start date have appeared today, courtesy of an online payment promotion. (Thanks to reader MorningLM for that one.)



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  1. Cool, been thinking about the upcoming sale having read it was likely this month, now I can chill a bit as it’s likely a few days off yet. Did just discover GreenManGaming has some good sales going on. I snagged up lococycle and State of Decay Breakdown DLC for 3 dollars and change.

  2. avatar MorningLM | June 11, 2014 at 9:15 am |

    I suspect the sale won’t start until the beginning of July. Any games that get released during one of Steam’s major sales are going to be all but ignored, so looking for a hole in the release schedule is usually a good indicator of when it will happen. As I write there are regular releases listed until July 1st, then the next one is not until July 17th.

    • avatar Paul Younger | June 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm |

      Good point MorningLM on the timings, you could be right which would tie in with the hints that it’s right at the end of the month. Just make sure you have plenty of cash ready to burn 😉

  3. avatar MorningLM | June 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm |

    I’ve seen this mentioned elsewhere saying it’s from June 19 to 30:
    https://www.paysafecard.com/en-us/lp-promotions/steam-summersales/

    I really would be surprised if it’s correct though, given the large hole in early July’s “Coming Soon” schedule.

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