Team Fortress 2
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 clients/servers not being able to run the game on older versions of Windows
Team Fortress 2
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:
  • Ended the Mann Co. Store summer sale
  • The Summer Claim check is now a rare drop
  • Medics using the Quick-Fix will now take jump force from Pyros using the Detonator to explosive jump
  • Fixed a client crash related to missing particle systems
  • Fixed a server crash when entering Sudden Death mode with only melee weapons
  • Fixed players sometimes being damaged by doors when they are closing
  • Fixed soccer/beach balls sometimes blocking Payload carts and trains
  • Fixed paint can icons not showing the Red/Blue colors correctly
  • Fixed the Loch-n-Load gun sight not drawing in the correct place
  • Fixed the Bonk Boy model using the incorrect normals
  • Updated Cp_Badlands and Koth_Badlands
    • Opened the windows around the center point
    • Smoothed player clipping around doorways
Team Fortress 2
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 regression causing game to not start on older Intel graphics cards under Linux
Team Fortress 2

Your time is valuable, and the fact that you choose to spend it on Team Fortress 2 is awesome. When we introduced the Item Drop System back in 2009, one of our goals was to reward you for spending your time with us.

We recently made a change that helps ensure players are playing TF2, not just leaving their computers on in order to get item drops. As of last week, players can no longer receive item drops unless they are actively playing the game.

As with any update, this change is meant to keep the game as fair, fun, and rewarding to as many players as possible. We will continue to examine how the Item Drop System is used, and make any adjustments as needed to benefit the players.

Questions and Answers:

  • What is the definition of “actively playing” Team Fortress 2?

    • From an item drop perspective, a player is considered to be actively playing if they meet all of the following criteria:

      • Is connected to a VAC secured server.
      • Is responding to in-game drop notifications while not utilizing external programs to do so.
      • Is running only one instance of the game.
      • Is not in textmode.
    • A player who meets all of those criteria is earning time towards random item drops (subject to the weekly cap).
  • Will I be VAC banned for not actively playing the game, also known as ‘idling’?

    • No, you will not be banned for just idling. You may be banned if you use external programs to circumvent idle detection. See VAC FAQ.
  • Will I lose my drops if I'm idling? Will it affect my weekly drop cap?

    • No, drops are not lost and the drop cap remains unaffected. Players will simply have their item drops paused. Item drops will return when normal play is resumed.
  • Why are you changing how the Item Drop System works?

    • This change is designed to make the TF2 experience equally rewarding for all players. The previous system had flaws that allowed players to collect rewards without actively playing TF2.
  • I don’t idle. How does this impact me?

    • The new system ensures you won’t become disadvantaged for playing TF2 the way you always have.
Team Fortress 2
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 crit and mini-crit sounds not playing in the ears of the attacker
  • Fixed some missing sapper particles in Mann vs. Machine mode
  • Fixed bots seeing the Payload cart as a valid target
  • Fixed an issue with mouse centering in non-native fullscreen resolutions for the Mac version
  • Fixed a problem with restoring the fullscreen window when app gets focus for the Mac version
  • Fixed the description for the Founding Father
  • Updated L'Inspecteur to include a blue material when equipped by the Blue team
Team Fortress 2
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 server crash caused by running out of free edicts
  • Fixed a problem that was preventing some older demos from being played
  • Fixed the Spy getting the afterburn immunity while disguised as Demoman wielding the Chargin' Targe
  • Fixed the Process and Standin map stamp donations displaying incorrect map names on the World Traveler
  • Fixed the Pyro not using the correct model for the Reserve Shooter
  • Fixed a bug that would cause certain attributes (kill counts, trade time) to appear incorrectly on items viewed through Steam Community and the trade UI
  • Removed promotion restrictions from the Crosslinker's Coil
  • Updated the Loose Cannon description to match the updated gameplay
  • Updated the Short Circuit description to match the updated gameplay
Team Fortress 2
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 Quick-Fix infinite heal exploit
  • Fixed missing Cow Mangler 5000 particles when running in DirectX8
  • Fixed Disco Beat Down unusual effect showing through walls
  • Fixed incorrect projectile speed attributes being applied to giants in Mann vs. Machine
  • When disguised as a teammate, the Dead Ringer will drop the body of the player the Spy is disguised as
  • Fixed a bug where arrows and bolts would hit friendly players
  • Fixed a bug where Strange parts and filters could not be removed from Strange weapons
  • Fixed the "Show Entire Backpack" option in the crafting panel not preserving empty backpack slots and forcing items to stack
  • Fixed an areaportal improperly rendering in pl_goldrush
  • Fixed players getting out of map in cp_standin
  • Fixed players hiding in vents in cp_standin
  • Adjusted HDR lighting in cp_process
Jul 10, 2013
Team Fortress 2

Over the last week we've taken you through some of our thinking around maps, weapons and items. We thought you might find it interesting if we walked you through the process we use to ship an update to TF2.

There we go, update shipped.

Team Fortress 2
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:
  • Added over 60 Gold Star community-submitted Workshop items
  • Summer Claim Checks can now be redeemed for Summer Coolers
  • Summer Cooler Keys are now available in the Mann Co. Store
  • Map Stamps and Strange Filters for the new community maps cp_standin and cp_process are now available in the Mann Co. Store
  • Reduced intensity of Bleed and Jarate screen effects under DX8
  • Added text search functionality to the backpack and the store
  • Added tf_hud_show_servertimelimit to display the server’s per-map time limit on the in-game HUD
  • In MvM, if all team members unready, the pre-round countdown will stop
  • In MvM, when robots are killed by sniper headshots or explosive headshot upgrade, they will drop ‘red’ money that will automatically be collected when it would otherwise dissolve
  • Fixed a bug with the Unusual Adjustment Slider that would cause changes not to take effect
  • Double-clicking a crate will now take you to the appropriate key in the store
  • By default, items with non-standard qualities (i.e., strange, unusual) will not be selectable as craft ingredient. The ingredient selection UI has a checkbox to disable this feature and allow selection.
  • Unusuals and Stranges no longer stack in loadout equip pages
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause incorrect Steam Community Market prices to be shown on item tooltips when using non-USD currencies
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the popular items page in the store to not always update correctly
  • Fixed a bug where disguised red spies spawned a blue heal particle when touching healthkits
  • Fixed a bug where certain projectiles and Engineer building gibs could cause doors to become stuck
  • Fixed a bug where crouch animations would not properly play while in humiliation state
  • Fixed a bug where full ÜberCharge effects would always show on the client if a player was killed with full ÜberCharge
  • Fixed a bug that allowed custom item names/descriptions containing HTML to sometimes change the appearance of items in Steam Community
  • Fixed level 3 dispensers missing geometry
  • Fixed level 2 dispensers appearing identical to level 1 dispensers at certain LODs
  • Fixed the Marked-For-Death effect showing over the head of disguised or stealthed players
  • Fixed suicide deathnotices showing the dead player's last deployed weapon instead of the skull and crossbones
  • Fixed characters in the loadout page sometimes appearing as if they were cloaked
  • Weapon attributes will now show in the same order in-game and in Steam Community
  • Support for the ITFItems/GetPlayerItems and ITFItems/GetSchema WebAPIs have been removed
  • Added support for the Oculus-native distortion function via the "oculus_use_ovr_distortion" convar in VR mode
  • Added cp_standin and cp_process
  • Renamed mvm_coaltown_event to mvm_ghost_town to fix a problem with voting for challenges in MvM when on Coal Town
  • cp_badlands
    • Fixed jumps being ruined by small rock ledge near spiral
    • Fixed prop collisions
    • Fixed clip smoothing
  • cp_dustbowl
    • Fixed players building in Blu's first spawn
    • Fixed players shooting through rocks in stage 2
    • Fixed collision in tunnels in stage 2
    • Fixed textures not displaying properly in Pyrovision
    • Fixed lighting on cliff faces
    • Fixed skybox error in stage 3.
    • Fixed players getting killed through the ceiling under stage 2 cap 1
    • Adjusted ceiling height in stage 3 tunnel for better clearance
    • Cleaned up prop collision
  • cp_egypt
    • Fixed clip brush exploits
    • Players can no longer build on top of arches and high ledges
  • cp_gorge
    • Players can no longer build in Blu's first spawn room
    • Changed scale of water texture
  • cp_granary
    • Fixed improper orientation on arrow signs
    • Fixed players getting above red forward spawn
    • Fixed players building on cargo containers inside spawn room
    • Fixed holes in skybox geometry
    • Removed collision from hanging lamp over Red spawn
    • Removed collision from security cameras above Red and Blue spawns
    • Mirrored fence alcove from Blu final cap arena to Red side
    • Balanced collision of rocks in final capture arenas
    • Re-ordered spawns in the first spawn room to be consistent between Red and Blu
  • cp_gravelpit
    • Clipped roof of building over cap A
    • Removed helthpack under terrain
    • Added decals under health kits and ammo packs
  • cp_gullywash
    • Fixed players getting out of the map near the middle capture point
    • Fixed collision exploits near middle capture point
  • cp_mountainlab
    • Fixed collision issues on the ladders and hill that lead to the first point
    • Fixed static prop lighting
  • cp_steel
    • Fixed players blocking Blu's spawn exit door leading to capture point B
    • Fixed collision on ledge near capture point B
    • Players can no longer build inside Red spawn room.
    • Blu spawn point over grate removed.
  • ctf_2fort
    • Fixed building inside of spawn doors
    • Fixed clipping exploits on battlements
    • Fixed height of door leading to spiral stairs in Blu base so players can now crouch past a placed dispenser
    • Cleaned up prop collision
    • Smoothed clipping on wagon wheel and other props
  • ctf_well
    • Fixed players jumping out of the map
  • koth_king
    • Health and ammo packs now match on Red and Blu sides of the map
    • Players can no longer build in spawn doors
  • koth_lakeside
    • Fixed rockets passing through terrain near the capture point
  • koth_viaduct
    • Players can no longer build in spawn room rafters
  • mvm_bigrock
    • Fixed players building on rock in cave section
  • pl_badwater
    • Fixed player clip brush exploits and missing player clip brushes on roofs and rock walls
    • Fixed player clip smoothing
    • Fixed fence collisions
    • Fixed floating rocks in skybox
    • Fixed lighting on props
    • Fixed lighting on canyon vista
    • Handrails no longer collide with bullets and projectiles
    • Performance increase through poly reduction, model collision reduction and model fade distances
    • Players can no longer build inside Blu spawn room
    • Players can no longer be trapped with teleporters under the sign by the first capture point
    • Players can no longer enter the room overlooking the final cap through the windows before point 3 is captured
    • Players will now be crushed by closing doors upon the capture of point 2
  • pl_barnblitz
    • Fixed building in the skybox above Red's final spawn
    • Teleporters will no longer self destruct when used on the battlements near Blu's first spawn
  • pl_frontier
    • Fixed spawn doors not working properly after second capture.
    • Players can no longer build inside kill volumes
    • Players can no longer build inside of Blu's second spawn room
    • Red players can now enter the Blu team spawn upon round win
  • pl_goldrush
    • Fixed collision on props and clip exploits
    • Fixed buildings being prohibited from construction in the garage near the end of stage 3
    • Players can no longer block the cart through the wall in stage
    • Players can no longer build in spawn exits
    • Players can no longer build on the shack roof near the end of stage 3
    • Players and buildings can no longer be killed through the floor in stage 1 in the upper room by the cap
    • Players can no longer build on the perch in stage 1
    • Handrails no longer collide with bullets and projectiles
  • pl_thundermountain
    • Fixed gate visible through ceiling in stage 3
    • Fixed clipping in stage 3 Blu spawn
    • Prevented players from building in the cliffside kill zone in stage 1
  • pl_upward
    • Fixed exploit where Blu team could be trapped in their final spawn room
    • Fixed gap in collision which allowed Blu players to be shot in their first spawn
    • Fixed fade distances on props in Blu spawn
    • Fixed players building under catwalk on the ledge of the final pit
    • Fixed clip brush exploits
    • Players can no longer be trapped by teleporting under stairs near final capture point
    • Players can no longer build inside of Red's final spawn room
    • Players can no longer build inside of spawn room doors
    • Players can no longer be trapped inside of the capture point sign
    • Prevented Blu team from entering final spawn room while it is neutral
    • Smoothed clipping collision
    • Collision performance increases
    • Handrails no longer collide with bullets and projectiles
    • Replaced floor texture in Red team final spawn room
  • plr_hightower
    • Fixed clip brush exploit above building on cliff edge
  • plr_nightfall
    • Fixed players jumping outside of the map
    • Reduced prop collision
  • plr_pipeline
    • Fixed invisible faces
    • Handrails no longer collide with bullets and projectiles
  • tc_hydro
    • Fixed clip brush exploit where players could get out of world
    • Fixed players getting on top of monument.
  • The Chieftain's Challenge, Lord Cockswain's Pith Helmet, That '70s Chapeau, The K-9 Mane, The Stovepipe Sniper Shako, The Pounding Father, and Vox Diabolus can now be painted
  • "The Public Enemy", "The Urban Professional", and "The Dumpster Diver" sets will now show up as sets in the in-game UI
  • Cursed Soul items (Halloween zombie skins) are now renameable
  • Strange Bacon Grease can now be gift-wrapped
  • Added LODs to the Airborne Armaments set items
  • Fixed Bison/Pomson projectiles getting stuck on doors
  • Fixed Baseballs and Jars sometimes going through thin geometry
  • Crit-A-Cola
    • Removed: Damage taken mini-crits
    • Added: Damage taken increased 25%
  • Shortstop
    • Added 20% bonus healing while deployed
    • Added 80% vulnerability increase to all push forces while deployed
  • Winger
    • Added +25% Jump Height bonus when active
  • The Special Delivery (set)
    • Removed: +25 max health on wearer
    • Added: Leave a calling card on your victims
  • Battalion's Backup
    • Added additional +15% Sentry damage resistance to all teammates while banner effect is active (50% damage reduction while banner is active)
    • Rage is now generated from damage dealt instead of damage received
  • Black Box
    • Rocket explosions now use correct sound
  • Beggar’s Bazooka
    • Fixed an exploit that allowed players to hold a set fixed number of rockets (reload cancelling)
    • Misfired Rockets now remove one loaded rocket from the clip
  • Concheror
    • Rage is now generated only from damage dealt
    • Buffed players now receive a speed boost, in addition to the previous Health-On-Hit effect
  • Cow Mangler 5000
    • Reduced clip size (from 5 to 4)
    • Removed -10% damage attribute
    • Removed 5% slower reload attribute
    • Added missing "sets players on fire" description text
    • New particles and sound
  • Escape Plan
    • Players receive the Marked-For-Death effect after deploying, and for a short period after holstering
  • Liberty Launcher
    • Removed: 25% reduced clip size penalty
    • Added: 25% reduced damage penalty
  • Original
    • Rocket explosions now use correct sound
  • The Tank Buster (set)
    • Removed: +20% Sentry damage resistance on wearer
    • Added: Leave a calling card on your victims
  • Phlogistinator
    • Fixed "Mmmph" progress resetting after touching a resupply cabinet
  • Powerjack
    • Added: 15% increase move speed while deployed
    • Added: 20% damage vulnerability to all sources
  • The Gas Jockey's Gear (set)
    • Removed: +10% faster move speed on wearer
    • Removed: +10% bullet damage vulnerability on wearer
    • Added: Leave a calling card on your victims
  • Chargin' Targe
    • Added: Afterburn immunity
  • Loose Cannon
    • Range no longer affects direct cannonball impact damage
    • Reduced charge time to 1 second
    • Added: Double-Donk (directly impacting an enemy within half a second before the bomb explosion) sound and particle effects
    • Double-Donk damage now mini-crits
  • The Expert's Ordnance (set)
    • Removed: +10% fire damage resistance on wearer
  • Buffalo Steak Sandvich
    • Removed: Damage taken mini-crits
    • Added: Damage taken increased 25%
  • Dalokohs Bar
    • Increased amount of health restored per-bite from 15 to 25
  • Gunslinger
    • Fixed a bug that caused mini-sentries to heal while being constructed
  • Rescue Ranger
    • Minor increase in damage per bolt
    • Increased building healing from 50 to 75 per bolt
  • Short Circuit
    • Ammo cost reduced when an attack destroys a projectile
  • Wrangler
    • Slightly reduced accuracy of manually-controlled sentry at long range
    • Protective shield now fades 1 second after the owning Engineer dies
  • Crusaders Crossbow
    • Changed arrow projectile to a large syringe
    • Added new trail effects
    • Smoothed out reload animation (DPS unchanged)
    • Fixed being able to heal players that are using items that block healing
  • Quick-Fix
    • Added 50% Overheal
    • Über now affects the medic when there's no heal target
    • Shotguns with pushback (Force-A-Nature) no longer affect players under the effect of Quick-Fix’s Über
  • Vaccinator
    • Über now fully absorbs crit damage for the selected damage type, but depletes Übercharge based on the amount of damage prevented
  • Bazaar Bargain
    • Fixed the starting charge rate being -40% instead of -20%
    • Capped the max charge rate to 200%
  • Cozy Camper
    • Removed movement penalty.
    • Added: Damage taken increased by 20%
  • Darwin's Danger shield
    • Added: Bullet damage taken reduced by 15%
    • Added: Explosive damage taken increased by 20%
  • The Croc-o-Style Kit (set)
    • Removed headshot immunity
    • Added: Leave a calling card on your victims
  • Dead Ringer
    • When under the effect of Feign Death, damage taken decreases the duration of the effect
  • L'Etranger
    • Added: 40% increased cloak duration
  • Spy-cicle
    • Fixed a bug that would cause the charge meter to not reset when the spy was killed
  • The Saharan Spy (set)
    • Removed: Reduced decloak sound volume
    • Removed: 0.5 sec longer cloak blink time
    • Added custom particle effects when taunting
Jul 9, 2013
Team Fortress 2

Three weeks ago, we introduced an item import tool that lets item creators locally verify that their items meet a set of technical and performance standards. This helps item creators ensure that anything they create is more likely to be game-ready; and it also helps the community as a whole, by giving the TF2 team more time to devote to other aspects of the game.

Since we released the tool, this verification process (which grants items a “Gold Star”) has led to over 900 Gold Star Workshop submissions. We've been blown away by the speed and quality of the TF2 community's response.

Thanks to this verification system, we've been able to select a whopping 64 Gold Star items for this coming update. But how do we decide which to ship? Below, we've run this classy-looking Medic coat through a set of questions we ask when reviewing submissions. We hope this will give item creators and everyone voting in the Workshop a bit more insight into our decision-making process.

  • Does the item's vote count show support from the TF2 Workshop Community? This is a big one: We're not going to ship an item that the community has no interest in shipping. (Remember: Even if you're not an item creator, you can help the item selection process by up-voting and down-voting.) Our sample Medic item, for instance, had sufficient support to examine further.
  • Does the item introduce something unique and different compared to items already in the game? The Medic does not yet have a coat cosmetic that makes him look ready to dance the night away as if it were 1776. Let’s check this box as a "Yes".
  • Does the item interfere with class identification? Even in this new coat, the Medic is still easily recognizable as the Medic. The author has taken care not to remove areas that display team colors and has made sure the geometry complements the base character model underneath.
  • How well does it complement other items already in the game? Because the geometry is contained within the Medic silhouette, it will avoid clipping with most other cosmetics, allowing users to customize their look further.
  • Does this item fit well within the TF universe? It might seem at first glance that the TF universe is pretty flexible—flexible enough, anyway, to accommodate a Victorian-era aristocrat costume for the Medic. However, there are limits. Photo-realistic items or overly cartoony items are just two examples of art styles that probably won't mesh with the TF2niverse.
  • Lastly, Is your item Darth Vader's helmet? Because we don't own Star Wars. Here's a comprehensive list of other things we don't own: Everything that's not TF. Luckily, Darth Vader doesn't dress like a foppish 18th century rogue*, so this item's in the clear.

And remember: much like the game itself, the import tool is a work in progress. If you're a Workshop author and want to get advance notice of changes or to request support for new features, make sure to sign up for the brand-new TF Workshop/import tool mailing list.

*Note: We haven't seen Episode VII yet.


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