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Valve Confirms: Team Fortress 2 Now F2P

Late Thursday Valve Software's Doug Lombardi confirmed that Team Fortress 2 (TF2) has indeed gone free to play. The news first surfaced days ago when references to a test version of the game (TestApp440) and a "no cost" value showed up in the registry. Now it's official and part of the "Über Update" which was also launched on Thursday, the largest content pack delivered to TF2 since its launch back in 2007.

"New players interested in experiencing what PC Gamer calls 'the most fun you can have online' will have access to training and offline practice modes, so they can hone their skills before jumping into the ever-expanding TF2 universe," Lombardi said in an email. "To celebrate the launch of the Über Update, Valve has released 'Meet the Medic,' the latest in its series of TF2 animated shorts."

According to the FAQ, anyone who has downloaded the game for free and has not made a purchase in the in-game Mann Co. store has a free account. However, premium accounts have a few extra features, including access to rare and cosmetic items through random item drops, the ability to store more items in your backpack, and more powerful trading and crafting abilities. Otherwise, the gameplay experience will be identical for both accounts.

Valve also states that the entire game can be played without making a purchase. All game modes, classes, and maps are available. Nearly every weapon is available through achievements, drops, or crafting. A credit card isn't needed to play, but in order to purchase items in the store, one of Valve's accepted payment options must be on file. Free accounts will be upgraded to premium status once players make a purchase in-store or buy the game outright.

To download and play, gamers must have Steam already installed.

  • Netherscourge
    Well done Valve, well done.

    I'm not a big TF2 fan, but nobody can complain about this.
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  • sliem
    Alright, now I can purchase "speak across all channels" qty 25 for $5 total... or maybe "sniper rifle that bypasses walls" duration 5 days for $25... or "invincibility for 10 seconds" duration 1 day for $100...
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  • internetlad
    NetherscourgeWell done Valve, well done.I'm not a big TF2 fan, but nobody can complain about this.
    except for people that paid actual money for the game and now have to deal with annoying 8 year olds on servers saying "HOW DO I GET A SANDWICH FOR MY MACHINE GUN GUY"

    Whatever, I stopped playing as soon as they released 1 dollar noisemakers at the halloween update, I knew where the game was going. Shame, since it was such a good game when it came out.
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  • kilo_17
    I expected to play it for a couple days during free week, this is pretty cool. I found out it was F2P last night.
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  • eklipz330
    internetladexcept for people that paid actual money for the game and now have to deal with annoying 8 year olds on servers saying "HOW DO I GET A SANDWICH FOR MY MACHINE GUN GUY"Whatever, I stopped playing as soon as they released 1 dollar noisemakers at the halloween update, I knew where the game was going. Shame, since it was such a good game when it came out.omg stfu.

    i paid $50 for the orange box when it came out. BUT I HAD 3 1/2 YEARS OF GAMETIME, stop freakin complaining.

    if you hate the updates so much, go play on a vanilla server, mute the kids, and stfu.

    some people can find a reason to complain about everything. pathetic, really. good job valve!

    9296188 said:
    Alright, now I can purchase "speak across all channels" qty 25 for $5 total... or maybe "sniper rifle that bypasses walls" duration 5 days for $25... or "invincibility for 10 seconds" duration 1 day for $100...
    try again troll. valve won't be doing any of that. when's the last time you saw them attempt to nickel and dime a customer? and don't say the mann co. store, you get the ENTIRE GAME FOR FREE, and if you play on the vanilla servers, there's no such thing.

    but if you want to spent $100 on 10 seconds of invincibility be my guest.
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  • fakie
    i bought 2 copies of tf2 and now this happens. now i can just make as many accounts as i want and buy the cheapest item i can find in the mann.co store to get a premium account and idle all i want...but what's the point?

    the hat economy will be ruined...../cry

    y u make free to play, valve!
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  • gm0n3y
    Whatever, TF2 was boring after the first hour or so. Doesn't hold a candle to the original Quake mod or even the Halflife version.
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  • demonhorde665
    i just got one saying for every one here


    "opinions are like a--holes, Every body has one"
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  • chriskrum
    I'm not a huge TF2 fan, mostly because I suck at it and playing it takes time away from BFBC2, but I think this is a good move and don't expect it to ruin the game.

    A couple things in its favor:

    1) Dedicated server support--you can run the game the way you want if you choose. Vanilla if you prefer.

    2) Full modding tools are still there. Make your own maps, etc.

    3) LAN support

    I see this more akin to the previous releases of Alien Swarm and the Free Portal offer a while back. It's a way to get people on Steam which is the first step to having them see those incredible sales. I don't think TF2 was generating a lot of money in sales at this point. People who were going to buy it already had it. It's also been sold for as low a 2.50 cents (Halloween).

    I've got a couple Steam accounts but only own one copy of TF2. Now I'll have a functioning copy on each of my computers for when buddies come to visit. I might actually play it again now.
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  • rohitbaran
    Take that Activision. Keep charging $15 for your small map packs and Call of Duty will be history!
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