Team Fortress 2 Goes Free To Play, For Good

by on June 24, 2011

One of the most popular and enduring online multiplayer games has decided to go free. Previously supported by advertising, subscription sales and micro-transactions, Team Fortress 2 has deservedly received an avid cult following of loyal players who snap up exclusive character clothing and extras whenever they are released. Well now developers Valve have decided that they can do away with fees and adverts, and the game will be free to all players on PC and Mac, being supported solely by the sale of in-game items. Despite this, the team still vow to produce some free items for the game, as they have been, and will still offer profit sharing for community content creators.

In order to help new-adopters get into the game, Valve are creating both in-depth training modes and an offline practice arena, where gamers can hone their skills and become accustomed to the gameplay, before jumping into a title that has been online for approaching four years. On top of that, there will be two user account types created. Free accounts for those who are new to the game and premium accounts, that will be assigned to any users who have already spent money on the game (whether it be to buy the title or purchase in-game items). Premium users can expect such benefits as larger backpacks, access to all crafting blueprints, the option to wear rare and cosmetic items, and the ability to give items as gifts.

To celebrate in style, a free-to-play launch trailer has been unveiled, as well as the latest entry in the Team Fortress 2 “Meet The…” series of animated featurettes. The latest video introduces us to the Medic, whereas there are already several available to view online for other in-game characters.

Check out the videos below:

Team Fortress 2 is available for free via Steam on PC and Mac. It is also available for purchase as part of the Orange Box on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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