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A couple of days ago, Valve announced it would be releasing its "biggest, most ambitious " update for Team Fortress 2. We were give a glimpse of some new weapons for the Heavy and Spy in "Mobster Mondays" as well as a new payload map called Barnblitz. The game was made free for this week to allow players to check out the new update, but it looks like the true update to Team Fotress 2 is it being made free altogether.

"What's the catch?", you may ask. Valve is promising there's absolutely no catch. The core gameplay will be left unchanged and players will be able to enjoy Team Fortress 2 without spending a dime. If players want a fancy hat or other items in order to personalize their character, then that's where you'll be asked to spend some cash as the game will now be supported by in-game purchases.

According to Valve's Robert Walker in an interview with Develop-Online, it looks as though making Team Fortress 2 into a free-to-play product had been knocked around at Valve for quite some time. “We’ve been toying with the idea of making Team Fortress free-to-play ever since the Mann-conomy update. The data we got back from that update leads us to believe that TF2 would be more successful as a completely free product.”

Aside from Team Fortress 2 going free-to-play, a new "Meet the Medic" video has also been released. As expected, the video is full of a healthy amount of humor and even goes into the mysterious origins of the "Ubercharge" and how it works exactly.


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