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An early look at Team Fortress 2 sports a familiar look from Valve, similar to the original Team Fortress and Counter-Strike titles.

An early look at Team Fortress 2 sports a familiar look from Valve, similar to the original Team Fortress and Counter-Strike titles.

At look at the original design for Fortress 2.

At look at the original design for Fortress 2.

The initial design for Team Fortress 2 had a typical photo-realistic look rather than the cartoonish animation of the current version.

The initial design for Team Fortress 2 had a typical photo-realistic look rather than the cartoonish animation of the current version.

Team Fortress 2 went through numerous delays and was often referred to vaporware.

Team Fortress 2 went through numerous delays and was often referred to vaporware.

One of the major holdups for Team Fortress 2 was moving the game from the proposed Quake II engine to Valve's own Source engine.

One of the major holdups for Team Fortress 2 was moving the game from the proposed Quake II engine to Valve’s own Source engine.

A screenshot of the early design shows a similar look to Counter-Strike.

A screenshot of the early design shows a similar look to Counter-Strike.

Another look at the initial design for Team Fortress 2.

Another look at the initial design for Team Fortress 2.

Team Fortress 2 went dark for several years before Valve announced the title was, in fact, in development during E3 2006..

Team Fortress 2 went dark for several years before Valve announced the title was, in fact, in development during E3 2006..

It was probably a wise idea to scrap the old design for Team Fortress 2, since it looks quite dated.

It was probably a wise idea to scrap the old design for Team Fortress 2, since it looks quite dated.

The Heavy Weapons Guy has undergone a major makeover for Team Fortress 2.

The Heavy Weapons Guy has undergone a major makeover for Team Fortress 2.

New trailers featuring actual gameplay footage of Team Fortress 2 were finally released last month, giving gamers a glimpse of how their favorite characters, such as the Engineer, have been updated.

New trailers featuring actual gameplay footage of Team Fortress 2 were finally released last month, giving gamers a glimpse of how their favorite characters, such as the Engineer, have been updated.