Valve’s wildly popular first-person shooter, Team Fortress 2, has just gone free-to-play! The launch of their microtransaction model for hats and weapons back in the fall signaled that this might be an eventuality, and the previous $10 pricetag wasn’t what you would call a huge barrier for entry, but that hasn’t stopped a massive backlash of diehard TF2 fans. Major concerns are that now the game will be flooded with riff-raff choking the servers.
For those feeling like they just got screwed out of two precious fivers, Valve has implemented a premium grade of accounts. If you’ve spent any money on TF2, be it to purchase the game, or on any virtual items, you’re already set. If you’re playing the game free, you’ll be limited in bag space, trading options, random drop quality and types, and crafting recipes.
Worried about an influx of hackers exploiting the new model? Here’s Valve’s answer from the FAQ:
“We’re increasing our focus on making sure that hostile players can’t ruin your fun. Specifically, we’ll be keeping a close eye on players exploiting the ability to make infinite free accounts to bypass bans. We’ve built systems that’ll allow us to measure and track what these players are doing, and respond quickly.”
The free-to-play announcement is the grand culmination in the latest TF2 update which features a metric ass-tonne of new items, as well as the Meet the Medic video, below. If you don’t already have TF2, you might as well go download it, eh?