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Team Fortress 2 now free to play

Team Fortress 2 now free to play

Team Fortress 2 has been steadily updated since its release in 2007.

Team Fortress 2 has gone free to play and will be freely available to anybody with a Steam account. Valve announced the change today.

A free account will have limited inventory slots, reduced trading capability and will be limited in the type of weapons that can be crafted. A premium account will not have any of these restrictions and will be given to anybody who has paid for the game or spent any money in the online microtransactions store. Premium accounts will also have access to rare and cosmetic items.

The announcement is part of the Uber Update patch that has been adding new items every day of this week and includes a new payload map and new items for several classes.

Some players have voiced fears that going free to play will result in more griefers and cheaters plaguing the game, but Valve has assured everyone that they are keeping a close eye on this, in particular with people making multiple free accounts to escape bans.

Team Fortress 2 was released in 2007 as part of the Orange Box compilation and has been adding new features on a regular basis. There have been over 200 updates.

Valve had been teasing that they were making one of their titles free to play earlier in the week and many sites correctly guessed that it would be Team Fortress 2. This follows the introduction of several free to play MMOs to Steam including Champions Online and Global Agenda.

Are you concerned about the number of games going free to play or do you think this can only be a good thing? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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User-sam 24th June 2011, 11:43 Quote
erm... SWEEET!!! And 1st! :)
LeMaltor 24th June 2011, 11:44 Quote
So everyone did go back to CS then lolz
DrTiCool 24th June 2011, 11:47 Quote
cool, a holiday gift from Valve
Blanx3_Bytex 24th June 2011, 11:47 Quote
Wait, so In a game that has a pretty fractured community (Pubbers and Pro's, What Hats, crates and keys ect)
valve has introduced ANOTHER tier of community separation?
Oh well, Its not like Tf2 is very expensive anyway so I suspect this will be used by players as a form of demo
Unknownsock 24th June 2011, 11:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blanx3_Bytex
Wait, so In a game that has a pretty fractured community (Pubbers and Pro's, What Hats, crates and keys ect)
valve has introduced ANOTHER tier of community separation?
Oh well, Its not like Tf2 is very expensive anyway so I suspect this will be used by players as a form of demo

Tbh never understoof this whine. Don't wanna participate in hats and trading, then don't, simple.
You can quite easily play the game without any of this getting in the way still.
shokwaav 24th June 2011, 12:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Unknownsock
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blanx3_Bytex
Wait, so In a game that has a pretty fractured community (Pubbers and Pro's, What Hats, crates and keys ect)
valve has introduced ANOTHER tier of community separation?
Oh well, Its not like Tf2 is very expensive anyway so I suspect this will be used by players as a form of demo

Tbh never understoof this whine. Don't wanna participate in hats and trading, then don't, simple.
You can quite easily play the game without any of this getting in the way still.

unfortunately you it's hard to block out everyone who is shouting

"GOT A HAT? WANNA HAVE THIS HAT FOR YOUR HAT?"
"GUYS I'M TRADING FOR BLABLA VINTAGE BLABLA STRANGE BLABLABLA"
"ANYONE GOT A KEY??? I NEED KEYS FOR MY 100000 CRATES VALVE IS GIVING ME INSTEAD OF WEAPONS AND HATS"

TF2 was fun. And then they kept adding hats. And kept adding them. When there were less hats then weapons everything was pretty good.

Now with F2Players community seperation will be even greater. Valve is giving those who have purchased TF2 before today get... guess what! ANOTHER HAT!

sigh. i remember the outrage when halos were given out. I'm sure that this is the way TF2 is going if it is to survive but I wish there was another way.
jamsand 24th June 2011, 12:54 Quote
A classic mode maybe? or just do private servers?
sakzzz 24th June 2011, 13:14 Quote
My worry is the large quantity of noobs that would flood servers...
eVoPhantom 24th June 2011, 13:44 Quote
Im sorry I havent played TF2 for a long time...Trading, hats, crafted weapons? What the hell is that all about?
CrazyJoe 24th June 2011, 13:48 Quote
Looking forward to see how Valve combat people hacking since VAC takes ages to ban.
CrazyJoe 24th June 2011, 13:49 Quote
Double post...
r3loaded 24th June 2011, 13:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by sakzzz
My worry is the large quantity of noobs that would flood servers...
Or it's a golden opportunity for spies! :D
jhng 24th June 2011, 14:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by shokwaav
unfortunately you it's hard to block out everyone who is shouting

"GOT A HAT? WANNA HAVE THIS HAT FOR YOUR HAT?"
"GUYS I'M TRADING FOR BLABLA VINTAGE BLABLA STRANGE BLABLABLA"
"ANYONE GOT A KEY??? I NEED KEYS FOR MY 100000 CRATES VALVE IS GIVING ME INSTEAD OF WEAPONS AND HATS"

TF2 was fun. And then they kept adding hats. And kept adding them. When there were less hats then weapons everything was pretty good.

Now with F2Players community seperation will be even greater. Valve is giving those who have purchased TF2 before today get... guess what! ANOTHER HAT!

sigh. i remember the outrage when halos were given out. I'm sure that this is the way TF2 is going if it is to survive but I wish there was another way.


I haven't played TF2 but from what people said I'd always got the impression it was an FPS rather than a trading game. Oh well, you learn something new everyday!
Denis_iii 24th June 2011, 14:23 Quote
I've stopped played shortly after the new weapon unlocks were added.....just didn't have the time or friends who played to get the achievements to unlock them and well I'd gotten L4D....I've kept an eye out though and it seems to be a completely different game to what it was and now also free........I think I need to get back in and build me some turrets :)
devilxc 24th June 2011, 14:32 Quote
I stopped playing around the introduction of the trading. It all went a bit downhill there. The balance of the game was thrown out and the games were never as good.

Oh to go back to a clean version of TF2.
Bauul 24th June 2011, 16:09 Quote
I still play TF2 from time to time and have never been affected, positively or otherwise, by the inclusion of all the extra bits. Apart from the extra weapons they've added, to me it still feels about 95% the same as the game that launched in 2007.
Lord Blobbery 24th June 2011, 17:42 Quote
I'm suprised it took me so long to figure this out, but in a sense this could be a good thing. Imagine how many fresh players would be spilling into the servers, trying to ignite the the entire opposing team with a flamethrower with half a map's distance between them... so many easy points. Hell, I might even have a chance at looking impressive for once!
Isitari 24th June 2011, 18:32 Quote
Do what I've done for the past 3 years and be part of a clan with your own servers. Solves all the problems people are moaning about.
Podge4 24th June 2011, 19:14 Quote
never played it, just got it, will try it. Any sort of single player to practice with?
Omnituens 24th June 2011, 20:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Podge4
never played it, just got it, will try it. Any sort of single player to practice with?

there is a training mode and an offline practice mode. The bots are quite intelligent and have the same limitations as humans (FOV, hearing range, visual range)

Tend to file into well placed sentry guns though. Can't be perfect.
SexyHyde 24th June 2011, 22:22 Quote
Seriously loads of stuff for free and the game is free now so you can get anyone to play it (friends). what have valve asked for? nothing if you dont want to pay a penny thats fine! if this still bothers you go an pay activision for cod and keep paying them for all the dlc too. ohhh and TF2 IS BETTER THAN COD!
and you dont need to practise really just throw yourself in at the deep end - theres no real stats its mainly about having fun!
DocWolfe 25th June 2011, 11:31 Quote
I still pine for a good game of TFC again :(
stonedsurd 25th June 2011, 13:35 Quote
All the servers I play on kick F2P'ers.

I played for 3 hours today, after a gap of about 2 months (not counting testing it on my dying laptop). Still got the ninja snipah skillz :D
GiantKiwi 26th June 2011, 18:08 Quote
Played on TF2 for an hour or so, and because of mass amounts of F2P players the game was just dull, not to mention more people willing to use Hacks as there are no consequences, VAC Ban no longer scares them as they can just start another new account without monetary issues. For Server Admins, there is a sourcemod plugin available to combat the F2P players https://forums.alliedmods.net/showthread.php?t=160049
[USRF]Obiwan 27th June 2011, 09:25 Quote
IMHO TFC is/was much better. Yes i am oldskool TFC/CS player. Never liked TF2 and never will. I have bought it, played it a few months when it was released and never touched it again.

Since they have made TF2t free, I hope valve abandons it now and start working on EP3...
general22 27th June 2011, 18:16 Quote
This is pretty much the best thing to happen to TF2 in a long time, it has provided a massive influx of players to the game and there is nothing wrong with them.

Any servers banning F2P players are obviously run by idiots.
Sloth 27th June 2011, 19:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bauul
I still play TF2 from time to time and have never been affected, positively or otherwise, by the inclusion of all the extra bits. Apart from the extra weapons they've added, to me it still feels about 95% the same as the game that launched in 2007.
Pretty much this. When the crafting and trading nonsense started coming in I had a fair deal of nerdrage and had a fair deal more nerdrage when the store was added. Come to realize the last time I played a couple months ago that it's still the same game as it's always been and always will be, all the extras can just be ignored.

Still going to hold my grudge over the halo, though. Ever heard of having a spine, Valve?
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