Archive for January 17th, 2008

17 Jan / 11:25 am

TF2 New Content, New Maps, Medic Acheivements Finally?

Apparently the rumors of new content may have some merit as there have been articles popping up all over the past few days about it. One of the biggest complaints is the lack of official Valve maps, after several attempts to communicate with the company, Robin Walker finally responded to Shacknews.

One of the new arenas is a remake of Team Fortress Classic’s Badlands map, with an emphasis on more vertically-oriented gameplay due to the presence of control points on towering spires.

“Our estimate is that both these maps should be out within the next 2 months,” Valve employee Robin Walker told Shacknews. “We expect to ship other new content before that.”

New maps are in the works, awesome! Shacknews also has a Badlands Preview followup article with the impressions of two guys from ‘The Shack’ who went to Valve to check out the remake and also the conversion from a CTF map to a Control Point map.

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Further down the article though there are mentions of MAJOR GAMEPLAY SHIFTS. No freakin’ clue what that means exactly, but it looks like they’re first going to start with the medic to introduce a slew of new achievements and something to change the ‘core gameplay’.

That other content includes the forthcoming Medic achievement pack, which will add several new achievements for the Medic as well as a significant gameplay tweak for the class.

“It’s a large scale modification to the core of the game,” Walker hinted. “It’ll debut in a limited fashion through the Medic first, but it’ll be affecting all classes eventually.”

“We’re really looking forward to the community reaction,” he continued. “We’re really excited about where TF2 will be going over the next year.”

Honestly I’m not so sure what to think about this. Guess we don’t have a choice other than to try it and see.

Arstechnica has their spin on these developments too, even making a mention of the lack of grenades!

With or without grenades, Team Fortress 2 is still an extremely fun multiplayer shooter. The title, which was one of the many fine ingredients of Valve’s epic Orange Box, has been the subject of much discussion since its release, with fans taking sides on the new interpretation of an age-old FPS classic. Valve has been listening to the squabbles, and some rebalancing of the game is imminent: an upcoming patch will begin what Valve says will be “a large scale modification to the core of the game,” while sneaking in some new achievements and maps as well.


GayGamer.net
(it showed up in a search I promise) has a little blurb about the upcoming changes too.

Orange Box continues to have positive repercussions for Valve and their properties, with the PC version of the included Team Fortress 2. Valve has called the rebalancing “a large scale modification to the core of the game.”

17 Jan / 10:13 am

TF2 Sentry Gun Case Mod

Having finally fought off my sickness I was hunting through what’s happening in TF2 land the past few days. Not a whole lot really except this case mod being heralded across the internet.

Check out the video for yourself. You can also view some photo’s from the construction phase.

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Ubercharged.net had this first, again.