Steam is dropping Mystery Trading Cards right now

Gearing up for the Summer Sale, probably

I just happened to craft a badge this evening (for 0rbitalis — review incoming) and with the dropped rewards I saw mostly the usual stuff: a background, an emoticon, and one other thing. Usually that third thing is a coupon for a game nobody wants, but tonight it was different. Tonight I was treated to a new trading card bearing the number nine and not much else.

It is one of ten Mystery Cards, which together will form the Mysterious Badge. In addition to the usual tags, it also has the “Mysterious” tag. Something tells me we have a mystery on our hands.

Or perhaps not, since this has happened before. Since at least 2013, these Mystery Cards have started showing up prior to the Steam Summer Sale, converting into Summer Sale cards once the event officially kicks off. Given the timing, it’s probably safe to assume that’s the case here. So go forth and craft some badges. You’ll probably get a head start on this year’s Summer Sale badge, at the very least.

Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.