Valve has put out a weblog submit (opens in new tab) revealing that Workforce Fortress 2 shall be getting a “main replace” this summer season, which is to say that it will not simply be getting the standard injection of recent beauty objects, however an entire smorgasbord of “objects, maps, taunts, uncommon results, conflict paints and who is aware of what else?”
The one catch is that it’ll all must be supplied by the group: Valve has put out a name for Steam Workshop submissions to be made by Could 1 for this “as-yet unnamed, un-themed, however nonetheless very thrilling summer-situated (however not summer-themed) (until you wish to develop summer-themed stuff) replace.”
To place issues in perspective, Workforce Fortress 2’s final main replace got here simply final October with “Scream Fortress 14.” If that does not sound too unhealthy, I want to observe that TF2’s final non-Scream Fortress main replace was all the way in which again in 2017 with Jungle Inferno. This moreover appears to have been the final time TF2 acquired new content material made in-house by Valve with the management level map, Mercenary Park. In any other case, the “main” updates have all been Steam Workshop-driven.
With the elevated love and a focus TF2 has gotten up to now yr, notably with the fan marketing campaign (opens in new tab) to get extra developer-side assist of the sport from Valve, it is good to see that group rewarded with an additional replace. Even when this content material is all sourced from the group, these Workshop creations are being celebrated and having their profiles raised by Valve.
This information additionally follows Valve successfully giving the group the keys to the dominion (opens in new tab), granting modders a higher deal of latitude in altering the sport via VScript. It will be thrilling to see how the modding group responds to Valve’s name for submissions, in addition to if the developer will be capable to craft a cohesive theme for the occasion from all these disparate tasks.