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freetf2Valve's Robin Walker had an interview with Develop Online today where he announced that Team Fortress 2 is now and will always be FREE. Being one of the biggest PC games in the past 10 years this is a big deal. It will be interesting to see how going free to play will affect future game play, but one thing is for sure. With free games popping up left and right, Steam is going to put up one hell of a fight to competition like EA's Origin.

Update, here is the video from valve

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #16277 24 Jun 2011 05:12
What do you guys think? Also I hope this is real. The site it was originally posted on isn't new but I haven't ever seen it before.
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jj_Sky5000 replied the topic: #16278 24 Jun 2011 05:45
yep its free!!!!!

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #16279 24 Jun 2011 05:52
updated the post with the video that JJ intended to post. Thanks bud!
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L0rdG1gabyt3 replied the topic: #16280 24 Jun 2011 06:53
That video was so great..... even my wife LOLd! And she is not a LOLer!
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Shroud replied the topic: #16283 24 Jun 2011 07:44
now everyone can play tf2 at lans. and the medic video is possibly one of the best videos ever.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #16285 24 Jun 2011 19:11
Do you guys think this will improve TF2 or will all of the new users ruin it? What about the possibility of people getting banned and just starting new accounts?
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Lersar replied the topic: #16286 24 Jun 2011 21:15
garfi3ld wrote:
Do you guys think this will improve TF2 or will all of the new users ruin it? What about the possibility of people getting banned and just starting new accounts?
Or that a person can now make as many Steam accounts as he wants and idle in servers for items
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drpain replied the topic: #16287 24 Jun 2011 21:37
garfi3ld wrote:
Do you guys think this will improve TF2 or will all of the new users ruin it? What about the possibility of people getting banned and just starting new accounts?

I personally think the game is already ruined with all the "upgrades" they have been doing it. It just doesn't play like it did when it first came along and it isn't even close to what the original was like.
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Shroud replied the topic: #16288 24 Jun 2011 22:58
I'm not sure... I think things will be ok once the rush of new players pass. I also think we gamers will have to do what we do best. Bitch about it, then adapt.
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Twodavez replied the topic: #16290 25 Jun 2011 01:41
drpain wrote:
garfi3ld wrote:
Do you guys think this will improve TF2 or will all of the new users ruin it? What about the possibility of people getting banned and just starting new accounts?

I personally think the game is already ruined with all the "upgrades" they have been doing it. It just doesn't play like it did when it first came along and it isn't even close to what the original was like.

I agree this point, but you could already change your name and there are tons of servers out there, so i'm not sure it's going to be as big of a deal. It's an "old" game, so if you aren't already playing, it, i doubt you're going to pick it up.
I also agree with all the upgrades ruining the game, there are just too many weapons, boxes, and other junk. But at least they kept pumping out the updates, maps, and improvements even when it wasn't free...
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Dreyvas replied the topic: #16293 25 Jun 2011 04:04
So just play on a server that only allows the original items. It's not like you don't have a choice. I think the amount of updates and support they've given this game is unprecedented.
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Lersar replied the topic: #16301 25 Jun 2011 08:51
I like the amount of weapons, and I'll admit it, the collector in me even likes some of the cosmetic things. I just liked it more when you couldn't buy anything, or when some items could only be purchased. Having 'tier 2' weapons was a sign of expertise in a way.
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Leonresevil2 replied the topic: #16304 25 Jun 2011 09:16
I think it's kind of annoying when they give pre-order bonuses, then they become crafts and drops a week later. Items are more of just preference than a sign of achievement and ability. I think going F2P is an odd choice. I guess that's the new hip thing. I'd rather they just continue to charge for the game, and keep people from tricking accounts and other issues mentioned. It was only 8 bucks I think.
I expect a drop in updates, since it's kind of a statement of completion now. All the update goals seem complete, and I expect them to move on to new projects. Like CS2. For the community, I think it will lead to more chaos, but I've always felt the game was never too unbalanced such that someone just owned my team. I could see the game turning more MMO with higher player numbers, but overall I think we'll have more people for a short people. And no excuse not to play at lans.

Edit: By the way, just noticed the game has TF2 Premium Content as DLC in its Properties. It says these came from Retail. Maybe that's a feature they added, that free accounts have some missing elements? Or maybe buyers will get extras in the future.

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