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Offline Rictor

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Team Fortress 2, it lives! (now with trailery goodness)
OK, some great and yet slighty wierd news out of Valve this week. Team Fortress 2, a serious contender for the Vaporware Champion is...on it's way. Apparently, it will be released along with Half-Life 2: Episode 2, which should be available in (very roughly) six months or so.

And now the wierd bit. It's not going to be a gritty war-themed squad shooter. or anything like that Instead, they've chosen to take it in a shall we say bold direction. Apparently, the theme is something along the lines of cell-shaded 60's spy thing, ala Austin Powers or the NOLF games.

Not only am I surprised that the game is actually being developed, but I am now doubly surprised at the unconventional theme of the game, though I applaud their initiative and hopefully it works out for the best.



Here's the press release, which also announces another, previously unknown game/mod/whatever, and plans to port all the HL2 content to the 360 and PS3.

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Valve, developer of the blockbuster series Half-Life and Counter-Strike, unveiled Team Fortress 2 and Portal, two new games to be included in its next release, Half-Life 2: Episode Two. In addition, the studio announced its plans to deliver these products, plus enhanced versions of Half-Life 2 and Episode One, in one tremendous package for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

"By evolving our development process to an episodic approach, we're able to reduce risk from things such as schedule and funding and invest more in new types of gameplay," said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. "This allows us to produce innovative titles such as Portal and Team Fortress 2 and deliver them in a timely fashion to customers along with Episode Two."

Episode Two advances the 16-million unit selling franchise, as Valve's trilogy of episodic single player releases continues the award-winning story of Half-Life 2. Armed with new weaponry and vehicles, Dr. Gordon Freeman must race through a countryside riddled with an increasingly fierce Combine threat.

Team Fortress 2, an all-new version of the title that spawned team based multiplayer action games, features the most advanced graphics of any Source-based game released to date. Players choose from a range of unique character classes such as medic, spy, sniper, or engineer and must work together to complete a variety of tactical objectives.

Portal is a new type of single player game that changes how players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment in a manner similar to how the Gravity Gun changed our approach to how an object may be leveraged in any given situation.

Team Fortress 2 and Portal will be included with all retail and Steam versions of Episode Two for the PC. In addition, these products plus Half-Life 2 and Episode One will be available in one tremendous offering for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. New videos from Episode Two, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 will be released next week.
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Offline Fury

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Re: Team Fortress 2, it lives!
Hey, that's neat. Kudos to Valve. :)

 

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I take issue with valve trying to claim  the credit for CS  :wtf:

The CS I remember anyways.

 

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I have been waiting for this news for a long, long time.
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Re: Team Fortress 2, it lives!
wow, totally new direction, kudos to them, it's a real turnaround from what we've all been seeing in the past.
from gritty war to sixties spy.. gotta love that  :yes:
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oh god, the splash screen is terrible.  I was hoping it would be something like TFC: Source, but they ****ed this up.

Looks like Fortress Forever will be awesome then.
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*Hugs Valve*

Cheers Rictor Nice one..  I been waiting uber-years for this :D

(does a short jig oof happiness)

 

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What's wrong with the splash screen. Looks funny and let's face it TF is hardly serious.
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Its all about the fun :D
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Re: Team Fortress 2, it lives!
I have been waiting for this news for a long, long time.

I've read the thread title and instantly knew you'd be here ;)

As for TF, I like the idea of a goofy cell-shaded shooter.
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I think Team Fortress blows. It's just a chaotic button-masher.
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I think Team Fortress blows. It's just a chaotic button-masher.

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So are we having a HLP invitational TF2 bash then?
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I think Team Fortress blows. It's just a chaotic button-masher.

Finally, something that I think we can both safely agree on.

That may well be, but it's one of the only multiplayer games, shooter or otherwise, that has been able to keep my interest for any significant period of time. Not every game can be or should be Deus Ex or System Shock. Besides, have you actually played TFC? I would say that it's far from being a thoughtless button-masher, even though that's what is sometimes becomes (as do the vast majority of games once in a while.)

 

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It's not chess by any means but a skilled player can still rack up a whole load of kills in some really amusing ways. Just thinking about it makes me miss TFC so much :(
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Re: Team Fortress 2, it lives! (now with trailery goodness)
Here's hoping for a better trailer.  :wtf: Thanks anyway.
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I've never a Valve game before, but I just might play this... looks fun. :D

 

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Re: Team Fortress 2, it lives! (now with trailery goodness)
Portal looks really neat, too... kinda like the portal feature of Prey combined with the HL2 Gravity Gun, all tossed into The Incredible Machine for good measure. :yes:
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I am going to have to consider buying HL2E2 now aren't I and allowing STEAM to infest my machine.  :ick:
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