When you see a post containing the words "Team Fortress 2" and "headgear," you probably don't expect to see Saints Row: The Third sharing in the story. Today, THQ and Valve have announced that Team Fortress 2-inspired lids are coming to the PC version of the game.
Headgear that resemebles each of Team Fortress 2's characters will be added to the Steam version of Saints Row: The Third on Tuesday, January 17. The free update allows players to run through the streets of Steelport (clothing optional) disgused as their favorite character from Valve's free-to-play shooter.
"After a fair amount of back and forth with us and Valve, we're now ready to present the final chapter in our cross-promotion with Team Fortress 2. For those unfamilar with this, if you had pre-ordered TF2 on Steam, you received Killbane's Mask and Apocafists for the Heavy, and a special Third Street Saints Badge for every character," a post on the official Saints Row: The Third website revealed. "But that got us thinking about the best way to put TF2 into Saints Row: The Third, so we've come up with the following."
Sounds like a fun idea, but it's a shame that this marks the end of the Valve cross-promotion with THQ because we were really holding out hope for some Gabe Newell-inspired gear.
Celebrated crazy-em-up Saints Row: The Third is handing out a freebie to all Steam players tomorrow, and going a teeny-tiny bit further than most. You know how Team Fortress 2 likes to gives you hats from other games? Saints Row 3 gives you the TF2 gang’s entire heads>, to wear and do with as you will. Fight, dance, love, laugh. The first and the last ones at least.
But you know what else can you expect from this TF2 intrusion?
Brazilian artist Will Murai has worked extensively in the video games, comics and advertising industries. But that's not why we're here today. We're talking about Will because of his amazing fan art.
Using a style that's halfway between 'classic pin-up" and "newspaper caricature", Murai has paid the ultimate, illustrative homage to some of his favourite characters and series.
We've actually shown one of these before, as his Assassin's Creed piece was selected for Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: The Encyclopedia, but above you'll find images drawn in tribute to Darkstalkers, Team Fortress 2, Neon Genesis, Akira and more.
You can see more of Will's work at his personal site.
Will Murai [Official Site]