Team Fortress 2 adds first community-made update

Robotic Boogaloo update for Valve's free-to-play shooter introduces 57 new items and is 100 percent fan-made.

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Valve's free-to-play team-based shooter Team Fortress 2 has added its first community-made update. Called Robotic Boogaloo, the update adds 57 new items and is available to download today.

"When we first launched the Workshop back in 2011, we had no idea what the TF2 community was capable of," Valve said on the Team Fortress 2 blog. "As the hats, beards, boots, and hairdos started rolling in, we realized there was a huge well of creativity out there. But we didn't appreciate just how deep those waters ran until the community-made updates started appearing."

Valve points out that the Robotic Boogaloo update is 100 percent community-made, including the in-game content, the update hub website, the animated short, the comic, and the splash images in the Steam store.

"Plus, in a first for the Team Fortress economy, all the creators of the Robotic Boogaloo Update have decided to share the revenue earned from the sale of RoboCrate Keys," Valve said. "That means that everyone involved will be profiting from this update, not just the people making hats."

For more on the Robotic Boogaloo update, check out its official website.

Discussion

32 comments
Poodger
Poodger

I love Valve, and TF2 is loads of fun, but I am kind of tired of updates now. I feel like the engi update was the perfect place to stop for added content. The game is still fun, but it is starting to feel bloated, and I just don't even look at the update info anymore because I am already so far behind the times. Everytime I play the game, I see a new weapon or hat that I never even knew existed. I still use mostly vanilla weapons. I kind of miss the simplicity.

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Love Team Fortress 2, love updates, but I don't care about those ugly robotic hats.

Hobillis
Hobillis

And that's why Valve is the best company ever. So yeah... suck it EA, Activision and the rest of you stuck up corporate asswipes.

91210user
91210user

Awww, that's nice Valve... it must be really good if Valve considered this.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Oh my God, a Valve article and no comments about Episode 3!

IvanKavinski
IvanKavinski

I paid for TF2 way back in the day and still in no remote way feel ripped off by what they have done to this game.  Props to Valve.  Show the industry how it's done.

mick1500
mick1500

As a long time TF2 fanatic, my gut reaction to this update is something along the lines of... HAATS!

catsimboy
catsimboy

People looking at EA microtransactions=Boo hiss

People looking at Mann co microtransactions=yay

I just don't get it.

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

Every time I get away it keeps Sucking me back in!

dominoodle
dominoodle

Woo i can finally open the handful of robocrates i've collected.

rushiosan
rushiosan

if were Nintendo or EA, they would shut down all websites that had the content then sue everyone involved with it. Valve got my respect.

abroche
abroche

TF2 is in my sole opinion the best FPS shooter game i have ever played is fun highly entratning and not boring

Blazethorn
Blazethorn

I haven't played much of Team Fortress 2.

This, update, might change that around.

vault-boy
vault-boy

I think it is safe to say that of all the major players in the industry, Valve is the only ones who would ever do this (at least for the next few years). Not because its a bad idea or that it wont work anywhere else but Valve is the only ones smart enough to do it and makes games where it can still work.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@IvanKavinski I bought The Orange Box on PC and PS3 and the original Portal in retail separately first for PC. In no way do I regret this. My PC at the time couldn't handle all of the games and I wasn't unable to finish Episode 2 on my PC so I bought it for PS3 to finish.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@catsimboy It is a lesser of two evils kind of thing. While ideally neither are great, the way Valve handles it is far better as others have described.

LtReviews
LtReviews

@catsimboy 

Over 100 free community maps for Left 4 Dead,

Hundreds more for Counter Strike, Half-Life 2, and Team Fortress 2. Custom textures, models, and overall modifications for all in a staggering numbering not rivaled by any EA game in existence.

 You really want to go down the road of saying Valve is just as focused on DLC revenue as EA?

 

realityforlorn
realityforlorn

@catsimboy 

EA is evil.  Also, making me -pay- for a game out of pocket and then adding on top of that micro transactions so they can make MORE money off the product I already BOUGHT?  Dude, they can bite me.

If you're charging me for a game out of box, then I deserve all the content to that game unless you're developing a standalone expansion pack of stuff that was not in the box at beginning.

Not having to pay for TF2 AT ALL and then them having micro transactions that are optional as a method of generating some revenue for the developers of game so that they can continue to create awesome content.  This is a horse of a different color.

As for me?  I will continue to sell lock boxes and micro transaction goodies to other people who can't help but spend their money on them.  After all, not my fault they got no hold on their wallet.  Plus it helps the developers of a game I enjoy.

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

@catsimboy

Team Fortress is Free to play and what you pay for you can either tough it out and earn or has not effect on actual gameplay. Unlike EA's idea of Freed to pay oh wait you still have to pay with them, and then pay more.

Poodger
Poodger

@catsimboy Just about everything you can buy in TF2 can be obtained for free easily just by playing, and none of it provides an advantage. It is not extortion like EA, it is a viable and benevolent option.

dominoodle
dominoodle

@catsimboy A portion of the money goes to the community people who created the items.

TF2 entirely is free to play. You're not paying for a $60 game with microtransactions and paid DLC expansions (map packs, etc.)

All of the items can be obtained without having to spend any real money through drops, trading and/or crafting.

The weapons aren't pay to win. They are sidegrades with drawbacks or niche weapons that alter play style.

Hats and accessories are entirely cosmetic, they don't make you more powerful.

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

@Blazethorn Yeah, cosmetic items that you can only get from opening crates that requires a key bought from the store with real money.

Sure sounds like a good update.

catsimboy
catsimboy

@dominoodle @catsimboy The principal of it all is still bad, paying real money for a random chance at digital items. It's the stupid keys that piss me off the most. It's gambling under a different name.

dominoodle
dominoodle

@catsimboy @dominoodle If you don't like the randomness of it then you can just trade for the exact item you want. Or simply buy it from the store.

DanGleeSack
DanGleeSack

@catsimboy @dominoodle again its optional for people who wish to participate in it. It may be gambling, but gambling is never obligatory. I much prefer that system: a full, free game with optional items for those that enjoy the game and want to spend money that dont give you an unfair advantage. That opposed to a $60 game that cuts out parts of the game or tacks on dlc or a pay-to-win system.