Valve, maker of the famous game marketplace known as Steam, has decided to offer one of its most prominent and kick ass multiplayer based title Team Fortress 2 for free, forever! Both PC & Mac users can henceforth download and play the entire Team Fortress 2 experience — including all nine character classes, all official and mod-made maps and the game’s bumper stock of updates — for free of charge.
For those who don’t know, Team Fortress 2 is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game, the sequel to Valve’s previous Team Fortress Classic that put class-based, multiplayer team warfare on the map. Unlike other “class-based” games that offer a variety of combat classes only, Team Fortress 2 packs a wild variety of classes which provide a broad range of tactical abilities and personalities, and lend themselves to a variety of player skills. One of the most popular online action games of all time, TF2 features the most advanced graphics of any Source-based game released to date – and the most exciting class-based action ever created.
Instead of selling copies of the game, the developer will only earn money through in-game purchases, such as the shooter’s wildly popular virtual haberdashery of in-game hats and other wearable items, as well as digital arsenal of upgraded guns and more. The vast majority of that content can also be earned for free through playing the game. What’s more, ]Valve’s Team Fortress lead Robin Walker assured that nonpaying gamers will not be subjected to advertising, there will be no premium subscription models and having a massive wallet won’t automatically let you buy the best weapons and trounce the competition.
If you have ever spent money on Team Fortress 2, you don’t need to be grumbling against the game being free to play – you will get a “premium account” that has access to some extra features as compared to the free account, including access to rare and cosmetic items through random item drops, the ability to store items in your backpack, and more powerful trading and crafting abilities. Otherwise, however, the gameplay experience will be identical for both accounts.
In addition to all the free-to-play excitement, Team Fortress 2 has also been updated with a more newbie-friendly training mode and match-finder, as well as another Payload map, the “Uber Update” (new weapons for the Medic) and the gruesome CGI short Meet the Medic, which you can check out below.
So fans of Team Fortress 2 who have been holding back on getting it because of lack of funds – feel free to download it now from its official website (for both PC and Mac) and get on with some hardcore multiplayer action! Play as much as you want, as long as you like!