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Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed a client crash related to particle effects
  • Fixed the quickplay menu not remembering the Advanced Options settings after using the Play Beta Maps option
  • Fixed the Festive Sapper not having a skin for the Blu team
  • Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date
  • Added a Headset style for the Greased Lightning
  • Updated the Conga taunt to play sounds on the client instead of the server
  • Updated several materials to fix issues caused by mat_picmip
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated beta map pl_cactuscanyon
    • Redesign of the first half of stage 2. Blu team now pushes up the first hill
    • Removed the death pit in the first barn building of stage 1
    • Ammo increased in stage 2
    • Fixed Red building in the spawn room of stage 2
  • Updated beta map rd_asteroid

    • Mode changes

      • Power Cores and Reactor Cores now add their point value to a team's score over time
      • Reduced the rate at which points can be stolen from 15 per second to 10 per second
      • Robots now heal 5 health per second to nearby friendly players
      • The HUD has been reworked

        • Inverted the layout to better represent the layout of the level
        • Added progress bars to represent each team's score
        • Potential point gains from stolen reactor cores are now visually represented on the score progress bars
        • Thief icon now moves across the score board relative to the thief's position in the level
        • Updated thief icon to represent both the color of the power core stolen and the color of the thief's team
      • Added new strings to the win panel that explain why the team won
      • Replaced the current "points being stolen" sound with a new sound
      • Added better collision hulls to robot models
      • Reworked robot skins to reduce similarity to the Ubercharged skin
      • Sentry guns no longer target Ubercharged robots
    • Map changes

      • Layout has been adjusted with the overall goal of improving visibility of teammates
      • Removed spawn teleporter
      • Reduced map size by removing the front lobby and cave sections
      • Added terrain paths on the sides of the mid bridge
      • Increased width of the mid bridge
      • Removed doors that locked when A and B robots were active
      • Robots have been rearranged:

        • A robots now roam the bridge above the water
        • B robots now roam around the floor in front of the vault
        • C robots now roam around the upper deck
      • Added more line of sight blockers to the water room to provide better cover during combat engagements
      • Reduced travel time for the water flanking route under the interior bridge
      • Added a drop down to enter the water room from the front door staging area
      • Increased size of the glass room near C robots to provide flanking cover to use against sentries that are placed at the corner of the upper deck
      • Increased width of vault corridors
      • Reworked vent route that leads to the vault, no longer need to crouch jump on exit
      • Moved left spawn exit forward to reduce effectiveness of spawn camping
      • Added a resupply cabinet to the right side spawn exit
      • Re-positioned health and ammo pickup locations
      • Added ramp collision to stairs
      • Changed setup time from 60 seconds to 40 seconds
      • Changed power reactor max return time from 90 seconds to 60 seconds
      • Fixed gap in the death pit that allowed players to survive
TF2 Blog
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Fixed a client crash related to particle effects
  • Fixed the quickplay menu not remembering the Advanced Options settings after using the Play Beta Maps option
  • Fixed the Festive Sapper not having a skin for the Blu team
  • Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date
  • Added a Headset style for the Greased Lightning
  • Updated the Conga taunt to play sounds on the client instead of the server
  • Updated several materials to fix issues caused by mat_picmip
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated beta map pl_cactuscanyon

    • Redesign of the first half of stage 2. Blu team now pushes up the first hill
    • Removed the death pit in the first barn building of stage 1
    • Ammo increased in stage 2
    • Fixed Red building in the spawn room of stage 2

  • Updated beta map rd_asteroid

    • Mode changes

      • Power Cores and Reactor Cores now add their point value to a team's score over time
      • Reduced the rate at which points can be stolen from 15 per second to 10 per second
      • Robots now heal 5 health per second to nearby friendly players
      • The HUD has been reworked

        • Inverted the layout to better represent the layout of the level
        • Added progress bars to represent each team's score
        • Potential point gains from stolen reactor cores are now visually represented on the score progress bars
        • Thief icon now moves across the score board relative to the thief's position in the level
        • Updated thief icon to represent both the color of the power core stolen and the color of the thief's team

      • Added new strings to the win panel that explain why the team won
      • Replaced the current "points being stolen" sound with a new sound
      • Added better collision hulls to robot models
      • Reworked robot skins to reduce similarity to the Ubercharged skin
      • Sentry guns no longer target Ubercharged robots

    • Map changes

      • Layout has been adjusted with the overall goal of improving visibility of teammates
      • Removed spawn teleporter
      • Reduced map size by removing the front lobby and cave sections
      • Added terrain paths on the sides of the mid bridge
      • Increased width of the mid bridge
      • Removed doors that locked when A and B robots were active
      • Robots have been rearranged:

        • A robots now roam the bridge above the water
        • B robots now roam around the floor in front of the vault
        • C robots now roam around the upper deck

      • Added more line of sight blockers to the water room to provide better cover during combat engagements
      • Reduced travel time for the water flanking route under the interior bridge
      • Added a drop down to enter the water room from the front door staging area
      • Increased size of the glass room near C robots to provide flanking cover to use against sentries that are placed at the corner of the upper deck
      • Increased width of vault corridors
      • Reworked vent route that leads to the vault, no longer need to crouch jump on exit
      • Moved left spawn exit forward to reduce effectiveness of spawn camping
      • Added a resupply cabinet to the right side spawn exit
      • Re-positioned health and ammo pickup locations
      • Added ramp collision to stairs
      • Changed setup time from 60 seconds to 40 seconds
      • Changed power reactor max return time from 90 seconds to 60 seconds
      • Fixed gap in the death pit that allowed players to survive

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

Early Access? For a game that’s been out since 2007? Yes, that is, in fact, a thing that can exist. Valve has decided to leave Mann Corp’s doors ever-so-slightly ajar so that fans might run around on Team Fortress 2‘s magical murder playgrounds before they officially hit live servers. So it’s a series of test servers for maps, essentially. Details below.

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Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Updated rd_asteroid to fix another problem with respawn times for Blu attackers
TF2 Blog
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Updated rd_asteroid to fix another problem with respawn times for Blu attackers
Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Updated rd_asteroid
    • Fixed incorrect respawn times for Blu attackers
    • Fixed missing kill triggers in pits
    • Added blockers to starting gates to prevent engineers from building outside the base before the round starts
    • Added medium health kit near large ammo pack at the front doors of each base
    • Removed the ability to create buildings in the lasers
    • Removed chair prop from vent access room near vault
  • Updated pl_cactuscanyon
    • Prevented players from shooting over the fences by the mid building in stage 2
    • Prevented players from shooting between spawns in stage 2
    • Fixed a bug which prevented Blu team from winning upon a successful capture
    • Fixed players getting under the terrain near the first Blu Spawn in stage 1
TF2 Blog
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Updated rd_asteroid

    • Fixed incorrect respawn times for Blu attackers
    • Fixed missing kill triggers in pits
    • Added blockers to starting gates to prevent engineers from building outside the base before the round starts
    • Added medium health kit near large ammo pack at the front doors of each base
    • Removed the ability to create buildings in the lasers
    • Removed chair prop from vent access room near vault

  • Updated pl_cactuscanyon

    • Prevented players from shooting over the fences by the mid building in stage 2
    • Prevented players from shooting between spawns in stage 2
    • Fixed a bug which prevented Blu team from winning upon a successful capture
    • Fixed players getting under the terrain near the first Blu Spawn in stage 1

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia
Valve is aiming to keep Team Fortress 2 going with new content, but not everything is quite ready for public consumption. So they're enlisting the help of their loyal player base to help test out new areas through an Early Access program for maps currently in beta. And while the standard game modes will be present, some new ones are apparently popping up, as well.
Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Valve is aiming to keep Team Fortress 2 going with new content, but not everything is quite ready for public consumption. So they're enlisting the help of their loyal player base to help test out new areas through an Early Access program for maps currently in beta. And while the standard game modes will be present, some new ones are apparently popping up, as well.



PC Gamer was the first to spot a brand new Robot Destruction mode in one of TF2's beta maps. The game mode sees the two teams of mercenaries infiltrating each other's bases to take down any machines lurking inside. The machines are defenseless (unlike Mann vs. Machine) and will run on sight, often taking pursuers into the path of opposing players. Robot Destruction can be found in the game's Asteroid map, which takes the mercs into space for the first time. The other beta map currently in rotation is a Payload map called Cactus Canyon.


Valve notes that players can mess around with the new beta maps by checking off the 'Play Beta Maps' option before entering multiplayer. Users can send feedback about the new content to Valve, indicating that anything you see is definitely not final. Those that run servers (like Chatty's own hirez) can also set their servers to host beta maps, so that they can try them out within their close circle of friends.

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Valve took a three day run-up to its Love and War update, with daily teasers for what, in reality, amounted to some new taunts and weapons. You'd think, then, that the introduction of a new game mode would warrant something spectacular. Instead perhaps fittingly for a game made by the company responsible for Steam it's being launched into Early Access. Yesterday's TF2 update added two new "beta maps" to the game. They're rough, unbalanced, and, in some cases, untextured, but one of them is our first taste of the new Robot Destruction game type.



In Robot Destruction, teams are tasked with taking down the robots that patrol the other team's base. These aren't the deadly bots of Mann vs. Machine mode, but rather rotund, defenceless machines that attempt to flee your aggression. Once killed, they drop points, which can be collected to increase your team's total. In addition, each team has battery, which can also be captured to steal some of the enemy's collected points.



The new mode takes place on a map called Asteroid. As the name suggests, it's set in space. At least it probably is there's no skybox at the moment. Valve previously revealed concept art for a moon base map, suggesting that the Mercs might soon be leaving the precious gravel of their own planet. Also in this update is a new Payload map: Cactus Canyon.



The new maps can be found by selecting the 'Play Beta Maps' checkbox from the 'Multiplayer' menu. Alternatively, you can find them in the server browser. Valve say you can expect plenty of iteration as the maps are tested anything from moving a medpack, to rebuilding entire sections.



For more details, head over to the TF2 blog.
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