Shacknews - Alice O'Connor
The second round of revelations for Team Fortress 2's Engineer Update has arrived, showing off a remote control device for turrets and a new Payload mode map.

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.

Further details will be unveiled as players continue to craft the limited edition golden wrenches. The Engineer Update is due to be released for PC and Mac on Thursday.

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Shacknews - Alice O'Connor
The Engineer class update for Team Fortress 2 will be released on Thursday, developer Valve has announced, though of course before then we'll have the customary festivities and drawn-out revelation of all the goodies it'll bring.

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.

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Shacknews - Brian Leahy
Earlier this week, Valve Software hinted at "something big" coming for Team Fortress 2. Last night, an update was pushed to the game with some changes, none of which are groundbreaking. However, much like Valve's alternate reality game for the announcement of Portal 2 with clues left via an update to the original game, something fishy is going on in TF2.

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.

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Shacknews - Xav de Matos
There's an interesting update over at the official Team Fortress 2 blog that hints at something big happening, soon. "Do you hear that? That ominous, otherworldly silence? That's what we in the game biz call the calm before a storm," Valve's Robin Walker writes.

In the recent post, Walker asks the big questions but decides to throw a few red herrings at readers. Thankfully, there are a few interesting pieces of info available in his dodging.

Working with fans who developed the unofficial wiki for the popular shooter, Valve announced the grand opening of an official Team Fortress 2 wiki. Walker also announced the conclusion for the Polycount Pack contest, which will see fan-created items make their way into a future Team Fortress 2 update.

The real news Walker is hinting at is unclear; however, BigDownload speculates it may have something to do with the long-awaited Engineer class update.

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Shacknews - Chris Faylor
Valve today released Team Fortress 2 on Steam for Mac alongside a wealth of unexpected bonuses, namely a new in-game "Training Mode," the ability to play the game for free on PC or Mac until June 13, and a 50% discount that brings the shooter down to $9.99.

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

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Shacknews - Chris Faylor
Writing that "big things are happening RIGHT NOW at Valve," the developer has updated the Team Fortress 2 Official Blog with word that "things that rhyme with 'Speem Gortress zmavailable on the Babac'" will be occurring tomorrow, June 10.

"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.

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Shacknews - Alice O'Connor
The latest Team Fortress 2 update has boosted the poor Pyro's damage output after zie was on the receiving end of a number of nasty tweaks in the April 28 patch.

  • Fixed a case where the Spy could start taunting and cloak at the same time
  • Flamethrower changes
    • Increased base damage 10%
    • Afterburn duration increased (from 6 to 10)
  • Flares that hit a burning player at mid-to-long range will crit
  • Reduced Backburner damage bonus from 20% to 15%
Meanwhile, on the side of building things up rather than burning them down, developer Valve recently teased that the long-awaited Engineer class update is "coming soon."

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Shacknews - Alice O'Connor


Team Fortress 2's long-awaited Engineer class update is "coming soon," developer
Valve Software has revealed with a teaser trailer.


From the Medic update of April 2008 through to the recent joint href="http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/61671">'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 href="http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=3788">platinum 'Primeval
Warrior' badge for those who have been playing since the beta.





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Shacknews - Alice O'Connor
Never one to follow convention, Team Fortress 2 developer Valve Software is celebrating the class-based shooter's 119th update with a grand bonanza that will reward players with gold, siver or bronze in-game medals according to their veterancy.


'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.


Shacknews - Alice O'Connor
Team Fortress 2 developer Valve Software has released a hefty update for the class-based shooter on PC, containing oodles of balance tweaks, another community-created map 'cp_feight' and the new fan-made item 'Crit-a-Cola.'


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.


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