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Industry trade website Develop-Online has revealed in an interview with Valve's Robin Walker that Team Fortress 2 is now permanently free to play, and will solely be supported by in-game item purchases. TF2′s switch to F2P was rumored and expected, but perhaps not this soon. Walker says that Valve had been exploring the idea since September 2010. "We've been toying with the idea of making Team Fortress free-to-play ever since the Mann-conomy update," 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." Read the rest of the interview with Walker at Develop-Online.


Prior to today, Team Fortress 2 was in the middle of a "free week." The game's Über Update should deploy later this evening




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Q. Who has a free account?

Anyone who has downloaded the game for free and has not made a purchase in the in-game Mann Co. store has a free account.

Q. Who has a premium account?

If you've ever spent money on TF2, you have a premium account. This includes purchasing the game before it was Free-to-Play, activating a retail version of the game, or making a purchase in the Mann Co. in-game store.

Q. How is a free account different than a premium account?

Premium accounts have a few extra features, including access to rare and cosmetic items through random item drops, the ability to store more items in your backpack, and more powerful trading and crafting abilities. Otherwise, the gameplay experience will be identical for both accounts.

Account comparison:


Free Premium

Backpack: 50 slots 300 slots (expandable up to 1000)

Items: Standard Standard, Rare and Cosmetic

Crafting: Limited blueprints All blueprints

Trading: Receive items only Full trading

Gifting: Can receive gifts Can give and receive gifts

Q. How much of the game can I play without paying anything?

The entire game can be played without making a purchase. All game modes, classes, and maps are available. Nearly every weapon is available through achievements, drops, or crafting.

Q. How do I play?

Install Steam. Download TF2 and play! If you've never played before, going through some training is highly recommended.

Q. Is there a way to practice before I play online?

Yes. We offer helpful training campaigns that will teach you the basic gameplay mechanics of various mercenaries. We also have a mode that allows you to practice on an assortment of maps with CPU bots with a variety of skill levels.

Q. How do I convert my free account to a premium account?

Make any purchase of any amount in the in-game Mann Co. store.

Q. Will I need a credit card to play?

No. However, to make purchases from the in-game Mann Co. Store you will need to use one of our accepted payment methods.

Q. What is the Mann Co. Store?

The finest virtual item store in the world, easily accessible from within the TF2 game client.

Q. What are the system requirements?

Check the Team Fortress 2 game page for Mac and PC requirements.

Q. What happens if I buy a retail copy of TF2?

You will automatically be upgraded to have a premium account and will be given a special Proof of Purchase hat to wear on any character in-game.


Q. How does Free-to-Play affect existing users?

It doesn't. You can keep enjoying TF2 as you have before, with all the features and content you've come to expect from TF2.

Q. What do I get if I paid for the game?

To thank you for your years of support, we will be giving players who have purchased TF2 a special Proof of Purchase hat to wear on any character in-game.

Q. Won't going Free to Play mean more griefers and cheaters?

We're increasing our focus on making sure that hostile players can't ruin your fun. Specifically, we'll be keeping a close eye on players exploiting the ability to make infinite free accounts to bypass bans. We've built systems that'll allow us to measure and track what these players are doing, and respond quickly.

Q. How does the Coaching feature work?

If a new player on a Free account upgrades to a premium account and indicates that you were their most helpful friend, you will receive a wearable item. Helping new users via the Coaching feature is a great way to meet new players and help them out!


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Co-Op mode


Available August 15th, 2012, Mann vs. Machine lets you and five friends fight a lethal horde of robots on new maps, with the opportunity to upgrade abilities and weapons along the way. Go to http://www.teamfortress.com/mvm for more information.


Mann vs. Machine is a new co-operative game for Team Fortress 2 that lets you and five friends wage a desperate battle to stop a lethal horde of robots from deploying a bomb in one of Mann Co.’s many strongholds. Take advantage of breaks between waves to upgrade your abilities and weapons. Survive all the waves in any of a variety of missions to earn incredible loot.
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Q: Do I need to buy anything to play Mann vs. Machine?

No. You can play the game as much as you like on any non-Mann Co. server. All Missions are available for free, and all play time in Mann vs. Machine will count toward your standard timed loot drops.


Q: What is Mann Up Mode?

When you play Mann vs. Machine on an official Mann Co. server, this is called Mann Up Mode. Mann Up Mode allows you to earn special item rewards and track your progress through various Missions. To enter Mann Up Mode, you must possess a Tour of Duty Ticket.


Q: What is a Tour of Duty Ticket?

A Tour of Duty Ticket gives you access to Mann Up Mode, and can be purchased from the Mann Co. Store for $0.99. You do not need a Tour of Duty Ticket to play Mann vs. Machine on non-Mann Co. servers (i.e.: not in Mann Up Mode).




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