2012 is shaping up to be a
transformative year for Team Fortress 2. This week, Valve outlined
just some of the improvements and additions in store for the
long-running multiplayer game, including a new “Meet the Team”
entry, Steam blog, and top-secret projects.
TF2 team is working on something brand new for 2012. We can't tell
you what it is, because they won't tell us, but what they WILL say is
that it isn't a hat, it isn't a map, and go away,” said the studio
in its latest blog update. “From this we can only conclude that the
TF2 team is working on some ungodly hat-map hybrid that you can wear
on your head while you run around in it. You heard it here first.
Also last, because they just told us it's not that either. But
cool (well, technically “hot”) is the promise of a new “Meet
the Team” video for the Pyro, which promises buckets of blood and
more insight into his (or her?!) background. In addition, Valve has
launched its Steam Workshop Blog, offering a consistent stream of
news and updates for the Steam-based modding site that was glimpsed
earlier this week in Bethesda's Skyrim Creation Kit preview.
Valve hinted at the “imminent unveiling of another secret” which will
make its second annual Saxxy Awards bigger and better than
before, implying that at least one of the two surprises may have
something to do with enhanced content creation tools.
Fortress 2 celebrates its 5-year anniversary this October, and its
first full year as a free-to-play title in June. Those seems like a
good causes for celebration. Also, hats.