There's a free week going on at the moment but the game becomes permanently free later tonight I think. It coincides with a huge content update and a new Meet The video.
Valve has once again turned to Team Fortress 2 as the studio’s outlet for experimentation, this time with a daring move to make the triple-A game entirely free to play.
The Orange Box game has undergone a radical transformation since its 2007 release; with more than 200 updates made to the PC edition. But today’s patch is billed as the most daring yet, with PC and Mac customers given the 'full experience' without ever needing to pay anything at all.
And in an exclusive interview with Develop – now live – Valve’s Robin Walker assured that Team Fortress 2 would only be monetised by microtransaction payments.
No advertising model will be pursued, Walker said. No premium subscription model will be used. No cynical “pay-to-win” options will be implemented, he assured.
In-game items will now be the only way Valve gets any money from Team Fortress 2. But again, Walker assured that the number of gratis in-game items – which are released on a daily basis – would not dry up.
“We've been toying with the idea of making Team Fortress free-to-play ever since the Mann-conomy update [in September 2010],” Walker said.
“The data we got back from that update leads us to believe that TF2 would be more successful as a completely free product.”
EDIT: Wait, do they mean new players can just download the game for free? That's pretty fucking cool, but when the game was only like $5 before so I'd have to think that anyone who didn't buy it then isn't going to play it now and then spend money on accessories and keys that cost as much as the game used to.
Last edited by Opaque; 24 Jun 2011 at 01:58 AM.
make TFC free, for shits.
This makes me not want to play it. Which I'm already doing. So nothing's changed.
It also occurs to me gaming needs a boutique class of product. Like, a multiplayer FPS that costs $100/month to play. Marketed like it's the Ferrari of multiplayer experiences.
That or it would fail, terribly. Fuck, though, it would be neat to see someone ballsy enough to try.