Replacing the pistol, 'The Wrangler' allows Engineers to take over all targeting duties of their turret. It also creates a shield to absorb 66% of all damage and double the firing rate. However, the turret is inactive for three seconds if the engineer switches weapons.
The new Payload map, Upward, brings an uphill struggle to destroy a seemingly-abandoned Red complex upon a mountaintop. "Blow it up to be safe," the engi advises.
Developer Valve has also revealed the update's new achievements, dropping a heavy hint that the Engineer might receive a guitar item. Guitars are featured in the icons for the 'Honky Tonk Man' and 'Six-String Stinger' achievements, the latter closely resembling achievements given for taunting while holding a specific weapon. The engineer was of course seen twanging on a guitar in the Meet the Engineer video way back in 2007.
The golden wrench uncovered last week unsurprisingly ties into the update, though not as a simple unlockable item. One hundred wrenches--and only one hundred--are available now to players who use the crafting system, selected at random. When quarter-century marks are reached, Valve will reveal a new item coming in the update.
With forty-three golden wrenches found at the time of writing, only one item is known so far--the 'Frontier Justice' shotgun, which keen-eyed Fortress fans will have spotted in Valve's trailer celebrating the release of TF2 on Mac.
Replacing the engineer's shotgun, Frontier Justice holds half the number of shells and causes no random critical hits but gets "Revenge crits" instead. The stylish shotgun will stockpile two critical shots for every kill the engineer's sentry turret racks up, with "bonus crits" rewarded when the turret is destroyed either by the enemy or the engi himself.
Previous hefty TF2 updates have often been accompanied by either a sale or weekend of free play for the class-based shooter, or even both on occasion.
PC Gamer located a thread on the Steam forums where users found some interesting source code hidden in the seemingly harmless update. The code alludes to a Golden Wrench. Furthermore, an image was found with some jumbled text. Manipulating the image yielded a hidden wrench and URL in the picture. The website at that URL was used to decrypt the text to read: "Clearly this is more space than needed. I wonder what else was here."
Why wait around for Valve to actually update the game? Players have used the new source code to unlock the Golden Wrench in game. A video of it in action can be found below.
It's all part of what Valve's calling "The Mac Update" to the colorful multiplayer affair. In addition, those that play Team Fortress 2 on Mac before Monday, June 13 will get a "free limited edition set of in-game earbuds."
Don't be fooled by the naming of "The Mac Update," as everything it brings--short of being able to earn in-game earbuds--is likewise available on Team Fortress 2 PC. In fact, those that already own Team Fortress 2 PC will be able to download it on Mac for free, with both platforms using the same servers so that everyone can play together
"Things involving cultivated tree-fruit," the company adds, making the tease all the more obvious alongside an image of Team Fortress 2 characters wearing iPod headphones. "Things that rhyme with 'grapple.'"
Those that already own the colorful class-based multiplayer shooter via Steam PC will be able to download the Steam for Mac edition free-of-charge thanks to a feature called SteamPlay, which enables "customers to purchase a game once and play it on all Steam supported platforms." Additionally, the two versions will utilize the same servers, enabling those on either platform to play alongside (and against) one another.
Since its release in October 2007, Valve has been updating Team Fortress 2 PC with a variety of free enhancements, including new maps, modes, class-specific weapons and more, with the Engineer--the last of the nine classes to be updated--getting his "soon."
Thanks for the heads up, Alias Wyvernspur.
From the Medic update of April 2008 through to the recent joint 'War' update for the Soldier and Demoman, Valve has delivered new weapons and achievements to all classes bar the industrious engineer, who has evidently been toiling away all this time.
Meanwhile, Valve continues to decorate players for their veterancy, adding a new platinum 'Primeval Warrior' badge for those who have been playing since the beta.
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'Grizzled Veterans' who began playing within the first three months after release will receive the top medal, followed by 'Soldiers of Fortune' who started within three months to a year after release, while 'Weekend Warriors' who began after then will receive bronze medals. Valve has yet to reveal when exactly players will be decorated.
Replacing the Scout's pistol, when drunk the Crit-a-Cola gives for six seconds the double-edged bonus of making all damage the imbiber gives and takes be mini-crits.