- Valve recently released the Summer update for Team Fortress 2, adding 14 new community maps, a summer collection, general fixes, and more.
- The wave of new content helped the game peak at over 250,000 players, and the numbers are still increasing.
- This update has encouraged many old players to return to the game while also developing a newfound hope that Valve might be planning to add more future content to the game.
After Valve released the Summer update, Team Fortress 2 saw a massive increase in players, peaking at over 250,000. The update brought a wave of much-needed content, which included 14 new community maps, a summer collection, general fixes and more. This has made players hopeful that Valve might continue adding more content to their classic game.
The previous peak record for Team Fortress 2 was nearly 168,000, achieved on December 8, 2022. Since then, there has been a fair decline in players due to content drought. Many even considered the game dead and left, but the recent update has brought them back. One ResetEra user stated, “Oh damn, time to jump back back into tf2. I’ll have to see if any of my friends want to give the game a try again.”
For a long time, Team Fortress 2 has been considered dry due to the lack of updates. Although it received minor updates over time, the issues continued. It led Team Fortress 2 players to protest to save the game, but nothing significant turned up. That might have just ended now with the Summer update that brings many things the community has desired for so long.
The fourteen maps that were added include Sulfur, Venice, Hardwood, Sharkbay, Pelican Peak, Reckoner, Phoenix, Cashworks, Rotunda, Selbyen, VSH Tiny Rock, VSH Nucleus, VSH Skirmish, and VSH Distillery. A new Summer 2023 cosmetic case was included, which contains 25 items. There was also the addition of 6 new taunts; Killer Joke, Star-Spangled Strategy, The Head Doctor, Tuefort Tango, The Road Rager, and The Killer Signature.
A Summer 2023 war paint case was added, which included 10 war paints, with a chance to give a taunt Unusualifier as a bonus item. Twenty unusual effects were also added, 12 of which were for unusual hats, while 8 of them were for unusual taunts. The Summer event will run until September 15, 2023, giving players enough time to enjoy the newly added content.
It should also be noted that all of the added content is community-contributed, which players have long demanded. Aside from adding new things, the game also received a surplus of fixes and improvements, which you can read below.
It is unclear whether Valve has decided to continue updating the game. The massive leak from earlier this year confirmed the existence of a colossal amount of unreleased content for Team Fortress 2. Without thinking too much about the future, this might be the best time to get back into Team Fortress 2 since we don’t know when the game might receive a huge update again.
The multiplayer FPS was developed and published by Valve. It was released as part of The Orange System on Windows and Xbox 360 in October 2007, with a PlayStation 3 release following in December 2007. The game was later released as a standalone for PC in April 2008, with the Mac OS X version released on June 2010. It was released on Linux three years later.
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