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Team Fortress 2 Goes Free-to-Play

Valve announces that Team Fortress 2 is now free-to-play, saying this change is part of the Über Update, which they are calling the "largest content pack delivered to TF2 since it shipped in 2007." There is an interview about this with Valve's Robin Walker on Develop explaining this will not entail advertisements, just microtransactions for hats and other aesthetic items. "We've been toying with the idea of making Team Fortress free-to-play ever since the Mann-conomy update [in September 2010]," Walker said. "The data we got back from that update leads us to believe that TF2 would be more successful as a completely free product." He goes on to discuss the benefits of this move: "It's a belief of ours that in multiplayer games it's generally true that the more people playing the game, the higher value the game has for each individual customer. The more players, the more available servers in your area, the wider variety of other players you'll find, the greater the opportunity for new experiences, and so on." Here's a Team Fortress 2 is Free to Play trailer and the Meet the Medic trailer, and here's the announcement:

Team Fortress 2 is now Free to Play

June 23, 2011 - Valve, creators of bestselling game franchises (such as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), announced today that after four years and over 200 updates, its popular and critically-acclaimed online action game Team Fortress 2 (TF2) is now Free To Play (F2P).

The F2P announcement comes as part of the "Über Update". Released today, it is the largest content pack delivered to TF2 since it shipped in 2007.

New players interested in experiencing what PC Gamer calls "the most fun you can have online" will have access to training and offline practice modes, so they can hone their skills before jumping into the ever-expanding TF2 universe.

To celebrate the launch of the Über Update, Valve has released "Meet the Medic," the latest in its series of TF2 animated shorts.

TF2 is now Free to Play for PC & Mac players via Steam.

For more information on Free to Play, please visit http://www.teamfortress.com/freetoplay.

For more information on the "Über Update" and "Meet the Medic", please visit http://www.teamfortress.com/uberupdate.

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35. Re: Team Fortress 2 Goes Free-to-Play Jun 24, 2011, 05:02 mag
 
beigemore wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 04:03:
Dev wrote on Jun 23, 2011, 22:42:
I wish they'd give something to existing customers though, to show appreciation for paying it. Probably would take only 10 mins for valve to whip up a customer hat and give it to everyone who had the game prior to today. Or maybe a $10 credit at the TF2 store, that would encourage people to spend more there.

You get a hat called "The Proof of Purchase" that all classes can wear.

From a lot of the comments I'm reading, it really sounds like a lot of people talking shit about the game don't even play it. Anyhow, I've played it off and on quite a bit since it was released and have casually gotten every weapon in the game multiple times. None of the weapons/items are necessary to be good at the game. People saying "best stats win" are full of crap. All of the default weapons are very good. Switching over to any customer weapons requires that you lose some benefit that the default weapons provide. You can use whatever you want at anytime and still be a great asset to the team (minus the engineer using mini-sentries while playing defense).

The game is fun because there's no best-in-slot bs that you have to mess with. You use whichever items you enjoy the most. Maybe if you play in a league then it does make a slight difference, but that has absolutely nothing to do with the pugging that most players are going to be participating in.

I've got about 500 hours in the game, and there were quite a few weapons that I have never had drop. I've crafted or traded for... more than ten of them, I guess.

I do have about ten thousand crates and fifty of the soldier's Japanese banner thing, though.
 
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