Team Fortress 2 is a multiplayer first-person shooter computer game developed and published by Valve. It is the sequel to the 1996 Team Fortress mod for Quake and its 1999 remake, Team Fortress Classic.
It was released in October 2007 as part of The Orange Box video game bundle for Microsoft Windows and the Xbox 360. A PlayStation 3 version followed in December 2007 when The Orange Box was ported to the system.
Later in development, the game was released as a standalone title for Windows in April 2008 and was updated to support Mac OS X in June 2010 and Linux in February 2013. It is distributed online through Valve’s digital retailer Steam, with Electronic Arts handling all physical and console ports of the sport.
The player can join one among two teams, RED or BLU, and choose one among 9 character classes to battle in-game modes like capture the flag and king of the hill. Development of the sport was led by John Cook and Robin Walker, the developers of the first Team Fortress mod.
Team Fortress 2 was first announced in 1998 under the name Team Fortress 2: Brotherhood of Arms. Initially, the sport had more realistic, militaristic visuals and gameplay, but this changed over the protracted nine-year development.
After Valve released no information for 6 years, Team Fortress 2 regularly featured in Wired News’ annual vaporware list among other ignominies.
The finished Team Fortress 2 has cartoon-like visuals influenced by the art of J. C. Leyendecker, Dean Cornwell, and Norman Rockwell, and uses Valve’s Source game engine.

The most highly-rated free game of all time!
One of the foremost popular online action games of all time, Team Fortress 2 delivers constant free updates, new game modes, maps, equipment, and, most significantly, hats. Nine distinct classes provide a broad range of tactical abilities and personalities and lend themselves to a spread of player skills.
No matter what your style and knowledge, the game got a personality for you. Detailed training and offline practice modes will assist you to hone your skills before jumping into one among TF2’s many game modes, including Capture the Flag, Control Point, Payload, Arena, King of the Hill, and more.
Make a character your own!
There are many weapons, hats, and more to gather, craft, buy, and trade. Tweak your favorite class to fit your gameplay style and private taste. You don’t get to pay to win, virtually all of the things within the Mann Co. Store can also be found in-game.
Gameplay and other details
Team Fortress 2 (TF2) by Valve Software is a multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) similar to Halo. It also represents a video game that was once sold without any microtransactions became a free platform that is constantly updated with new content, some created by the users themselves.
When the game came out in Fall 2007 it was considered a great game, but it was a different one. In this game, you can play as a variety of characters such as the (faux-Australian) Sniper or the (faux-Bostonian) Scout. Each character had an unchangeable “loadout” with a primary weapon, a secondary weapon, and a melee weapon. Finally, you were put into either the Red Team or the Blue Team, and your team’s goal was usually to kill as many members of the opposing team as possible. Most of that has changed in the last eight years.

At some point in 2008, Valve used network effects to make more value by adding more content. It updates the sport to take care of a “balance” between the characters (that is, confirm nobody character was too strong or weak vis-à-vis the opposite characters), but it also constantly adds more content.
They are constantly adding more items to each character’s arsenal; none of them are tied to a single loadout. For instance, the Pyro can swap out its shotgun for a flare gun that could burn people from afar. Over time Valve created (and creates) sort of new updates, from new modes like Mann vs. Machine to cosmetic hats that help personalize each character. The updates create direct network effects by keeping the game’s current players engaged and enticing new ones also.
These changes allowed Valve to make some changes. It put in a “trade” mechanic so that people can trade items and captured monetary value from its users by creating a store where people can buy items. While some of the items required to play parts of the game have to be bought (such as the Tour of Duty tickets), most of them can still be found, created, or traded for within the game, and none of them are needed to play the vast majority of the game. The game’s economy became so big that Vale hired future Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis to study it (you can see some of his blog posts here). Eventually, Valve realized it made so much money from its game’s store that it apparently realized it would make more money by lowering the barrier to entry. To do that, it made the game free, so that price would not be an issue, and made the game available on Mac and Linux.

Valve enables indirect network effects by encouraging its players to create new items, such as the Pain Train- a piece of wood with a big nail in it- and the “Bushi-dou” jacket In return for putting these ideas in the game, Valve gives a portion of the money it makes from the items to the users who make what it considers to be great items. This encourages people to come up with more ideas and contribute to TF2.
There also are some indirect network effects live. By allowing people to make their own items and submit them for permission to be bought with royalties for themselves the sport creates an indirect network effect where people contribute more hats and weapons ideas that grows the ecosystem of the sport. a number of them created servers with their own rules, which suggests a number of them have found their own ways to play with the sport (such as twiddling with the game’s code to play a version where every player features a random loadout) and find money to buy the servers (whether it’s through donations or another method). Taken together, Team Fortress 2 is now a kind of “platform” where the users can make their own contributions that help build the platform also as entice more people into joining the sport years after the game’s release.

This game isn’t wholly unique. The characters’ ability to wear different, cosmetic hats resembles that of online role-playing games like Everquest. However, the game’s resilience is striking; most online games have dipped, but the sport still hovers between having a population of about 30,000 people to about 60,000 people on a monthly basis. Valve remains to add new items and modes to the sport, whereas it could have just made new games. it’s going to not have as many consistent players as World of Warcraft had subscribers in Q2 2015 (5.6m), but it’s still high but most games aren’t World of Warcraft; most online games have their servers taken down after a couple of years, never mind have new content added quite a couple of years after launch. because of Valve’s commitment to constantly improving the sport and taking in user feedback, the sport remains to make Valve money eight years later and it’s still going strong.

The game was released on October 10, 2007, both as a standalone product via Steam and at retail stores as a part of The Orange Box compilation pack, priced at each gaming platform’s recommended retail price. The Orange Box also contains Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, and Portal. Valve offered The Orange Box at a one-tenth discount for those that pre-purchased it via Steam before the October 10 release, also because of the opportunity to participate within the trial.
Team Fortress 2 received critical approval for its art direction, gameplay, humor, and use of character during a multiplayer-only game. Valve continues to release new content within the sort of submissions made through the Steam Workshop. In June 2011, it became free-to-play, supported by microtransactions for in-game cosmetics. A ‘drop system’ was also added and refined, allowing free-to-play users to periodically receive equipment and items by use of a random number generator. Though the sport had an unofficial competitive scene for several years, both support for official competitive play through ranked matchmaking and an overhauled casual experience was added in July 2016.

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