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"Team Fortress2" will not have any pay-to-win options, premium subscriptions or advertising models

Video game developer Valve has announced that "Team Fortress 2" will become entirely free to play for PC and Mac customers.

"Team Fortress 2" is a first-person shooter multiplayer video game that was released in October 2007 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Mac OS X. It was developed and published by Valve Corporation.

"Team Fortress 2" has undergone several updates, with over 200 for the PC edition alone. But this may be one of the largest updates of all, as Valve offers the full experience of "Team Fortress 2" free of charge.

"Over the years, we've done a bunch of price experimentations with 'Team Fortress 2,' going all the way down to $2.49 in our random one-hour Halloween sales," said Robin Walker of Valve. "The more we've experimented, the more we've learned there are fundamentally different kinds of customers, each with their own way of valuing the product.

"We've been toying with the idea of making 'Team Fortress' free-to-play ever since the Mann-conomy updates [in September 2010]. The data we got back from that update leads us to believe that TF2 would be more successful as a completely free product."

Walker assured that "Team Fortress2" will not have any pay-to-win options, premium subscriptions or advertising models. It will be completely free, with the exception of in-game items. In-game purchases will be the only way Valve will make any money from "Team Fortress 2."

The whole purpose of making "Team Fortress 2" free-to-play is to lure in new gamers and to ultimately understand what their customers want in Valve's games and services.

While "Team Fortress 2" will be free-to-play, Walker noted that other Valve games will not be free-to-play at this time.

"It seems dangerous to assume that [free-to-play would work] for all our products," said Walker.

Nevertheless, Walker is excited to see what Valve discovers about its customers' needs through TF2's free-to-play availability.

"We'll know a heck of a lot more in a couple of months, and that's the kind of thing that gets us excited around the office," said Walker. "It's a belief of ours that in multiplayer games, it's generally true that the more people playing the game, the higher value the game has for each individual customer. The more players, the more available servers in your area, the wider variety of other players you'll find, the greater opportunity for new experiences and so on."

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bad idea
By someguy123 on 6/24/2011 6:56:04 PM , Rating: 2
what's stopping people from just cheating rampantly now that you can make a new account and redownload TF2 for free?

At least before you would need to rebuy TF2 before you could play again.

RE: bad idea
By th3pwn3r on 6/26/2011 1:04:23 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly and this is why it's bad that it's free. It also sucks if you just purchased the game somewhat recently.

RE: bad idea
By SilthDraeth on 6/26/2011 6:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't it tied to your Steam account? Wouldn't it be a little hard to make multiple steam accounts from one pc?

RE: bad idea
By Totally on 6/26/2011 7:18:19 PM , Rating: 2
steam accounts aren't tied to pc's

RE: bad idea
By Master Kenobi on 6/27/2011 7:19:27 AM , Rating: 2
Indeed, they are tied to email addresses.

RE: bad idea
By vapore0n on 6/27/2011 7:51:21 AM , Rating: 1
PCs are tied to accounts.

Valve truly gets it!!!!!
By muIIet on 6/24/2011 4:04:46 PM , Rating: 5
Team Fortress 2 is one of the most enjoyable games I have ever played. Tons of funny moments and it's a blast playing with your buds. Valve has always been very good to it's fans and this is just another step for them to stay on top in the eyes of the gaming community. They have stuck by the PC gamer when most have moved on.

LONG LIVE VALVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RE: Valve truly gets it!!!!!
By rangerdavid on 6/30/2011 3:50:50 AM , Rating: 2
True dat. They've been dead-on with keeping the game updated and running well. They may have messed up some of the balance and need to cooperate with your teammates with some of the new weapons (like the Black Box, so you don't need a medic, etc)... But in all, I give mad props to Valve for a great job.

See you on a Payload server!

free to play parody
By kevin32 on 6/25/2011 3:56:24 PM , Rating: 2
For those who bought TF2 before it became free, check this out:

RE: free to play parody
By BadAcid on 6/27/2011 11:38:37 AM , Rating: 2
...and then I paid 18 bux more for a even dumber T-Shirt.

Seriously, $18? And they wonder why the recession hurt Americans so bad.

Wish I could get into it.
By Wurum on 6/24/2011 6:35:02 PM , Rating: 2
To hear some of you fans talk up this game makes me wish I could get into it. I've been a Valve fan since Half-Life and bought the Orange Box as soon as it was available on Steam. TF2 was the first game I played but I could just never get into it.

I think part of the problem is finding a server where the players actually use team tactics instead of everyone just randomly doing their own thing.

Maybe I need to give it more time.

By GulWestfale on 6/24/11, Rating: -1
RE: meh
By Motoman on 6/24/11, Rating: 0
RE: meh
By Souka on 6/24/2011 6:17:33 PM , Rating: 2
I saw this update last night on Valve... oh man this is gonna be a noob-slaughter for next few weeks....

RE: meh
By Totally on 6/25/2011 11:47:44 AM , Rating: 2
I know and my computer is in pieces

RE: meh
By Motoman on 6/24/2011 7:48:40 PM , Rating: 5
OK seriously...this guy is complaining that a highly popular game has been made FREE.

WTF is wrong with people? How exactly is making a game like this free a bad thing worthy of bitching about?

RE: meh
By Samus on 6/25/2011 7:27:40 AM , Rating: 4
Welcome to Dailytech. People will bitch about anything.

RE: meh
By xti on 6/29/2011 3:25:04 PM , Rating: 2

RE: meh
By ShaolinSoccer on 6/26/2011 3:35:34 PM , Rating: 1
WTF is wrong with people? How exactly is making a game like this free a bad thing worthy of bitching about?

Because now the game will be full of hackers ruining things for everyone?

Anyways, City of Heroes is going free to play for anyone who cares...

RE: meh
By Master Kenobi on 6/27/2011 7:21:24 AM , Rating: 1
That game is still around? Shit speaking of games that are past their expiration date, Star Wars: Galaxies is finally being shut down at the end of this year.

RE: meh
By BadAcid on 6/27/2011 11:40:46 AM , Rating: 2
Find an active server. "Active" as in it has a website and frequently playing admins or a fast way to contact admins. Bam, cheating is hardly a problem. Good way to make some Steam friends to game with, too.

RE: meh
By cmdrdredd on 6/24/11, Rating: 0
RE: meh
By MrBlastman on 6/24/2011 4:00:21 PM , Rating: 1
Hmm... You're full of crap!

TF 2 has everything to do about skill and nothing to do about random luck. Lets see... *takes a look at loadout for Soldier*

Rocket launcher--Stock
Pickaxe--Not Stock

That's 2 for 3 stock items still being used. The pickaxe addresses a weakness in the class--no way to strafe jump away to speed up escape in an emergency (a staple feature of other FPS games like Quake and Doom) as now I can run fast when low on health to escape.

The game is utterly, purely skill based. From the surface it seems simple and hard to inkle out an edge against your opponent. Through perseverence you'll find that there is a gigantic skill gap. The first gap is between the average schmo with a pulse and the truly capable player. The next gap is that between the capable player and the expert pro. The gaps are huge, by the way. A pro will decimate a schmo, as will a capable player. However, a pro will also decimate a capable player to the point the capable player feels terrible.

Don't believe me? Try playing on some of the MGE-training servers. You can find them easy, just look for maps starting with MGE at the beginning. Go on there, spend some time. I was once called a "tryhard" on there. Yeah, that was an insult I guess. Give it a while and I guarantee you'll come away thinking--holy crap, I just got pwned and they were all cheating!!!!! Except... they weren't cheating.

TF 2 is a great game.

RE: meh
By Iaiken on 6/24/2011 4:26:14 PM , Rating: 2
I've been playing TF2 since Orange Box dropped and the level of depth that the gameplay allows for is actually mind-boggling when you think of how ridiculously simple the formula is.

This simplicity not only makes it incredibly easy to pick up and become proficient at, but also makes it incredibly difficult to master.

To take Blastman's soldier example a bit further you need only look at the rocket-jump. Can anyone do it? Yes. Can anyone do it and consistently land where they desire after accurately striking at targets from above? No. It takes ridiculous amounts of practice to reach that level of skill.

Another excellent example is the Pyro's projectile reflection. I've watched expert pyro's defend turrets, other team members and rack up scores despite having spent more ammo on compression blasts than on setting people on fire.

I'm afraid that I've got to agree that TF2 is a spectacular team game and watching webcasts of skilled clan vs matches can be as entertaining as watching football (if football players were allowed to use a menagerie of weapons).

RE: meh
By MrBlastman on 6/24/2011 4:48:04 PM , Rating: 2
Surprisingly as you point out, the skill pertaining to teamplay in TF 2 is every bit as deep as individual skill. I've seen teams full of highly skilled individuals take on average-skilled teams who excelled not in personal skill, but purely on teamplay and the individually skilled team lost... badly.

This is the true test of the depth of a game. You can excel as a person but you're still only a cog in the grand scheme of it all. The whole team has to be oiled to work together in order to succeed in the end versus some of the better teams.

Such a fun time to be had in the game. It's also a lot of fun as you said to watch.

RE: meh
By UNHchabo on 6/24/2011 4:07:45 PM , Rating: 2
My issue isn't with balance; I think it's still balanced very well, and new weapons have barely changed a thing.

My main problem is the visual design. Look at the "Illustrative Rendering in Team Fortress 2" academic paper published by Valve, and you'll see that each class was designed to have a distinctive silhouette, reinforced by rendering techniques like rim highlighting -- something never done before in gaming. It's a brilliant visual design inspired by the works of artists like J.C. Leyendecker.

Into that design, they threw random weapons and hats, not all of which fit well into the visual design that was there in the original game. It's still a fun game, but I based one of my college projects on the rendering techniques and visual style of the game, and I feel like that's all been watered down until you can hardly see it anymore.

RE: meh
By Omega215D on 6/24/2011 4:50:52 PM , Rating: 2
What micro transactions? I don't remember ever to having pay for anything I wanted in the game. Hardcore skill required for CS? We must be playing different games.

RE: meh
By MrBlastman on 6/24/2011 5:03:01 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. You can get everything through random drops (except unusuals) and stuff you don't, you can trade for or buy with crafted metal and scrap. The economy is quite complex (full of good and bad sellers/buyers too). Or you can just ignore all that and play--and have fun.

RE: meh
By Reclaimer77 on 6/25/2011 1:23:43 AM , Rating: 1
I don't know how this got a 4 on here. I can only assume that means there's at least 3 other people besides you who know jack shit about gaming and having fun.

while the original TF2 obviously was more slanted toward fun rather than the hardcore skill required for counterstrike, the updates ruined it completely. skill is irrelevant. team strategy is irrelevant. winning or losing is pure luck

So much wrong with this I don't even know where to begin. You sound like someone who sucks and blames "bad weapon" designs. When, in reality, none of them are game breaking. Also you probably jump from random server to random server playing a lone wolf. Team strategy is irrelevant? This makes me question if you ever ARE on a team, or just play with a "team" of random-server rollers. What did you expect?

The only thing wrong with Team Fortress is that idiots like you played it by the truckload. Hey, the word TEAM is in the name, maybe that should clue you in about how it should be played for maximum enjoyment?

Join us!
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/24/11, Rating: -1
RE: Join us!
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/25/11, Rating: -1
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