Despite having been released 13 years ago, Valve has released a new Halloween-themed update for its multiplayer shooter Team Fortress 2.
Dubbed ‘Scream Fortress XII’, the update follows a yearly tradition of Halloween-themed additions for the game. The changes are available now and will the event will run until November 7.
Leading the new features are four brand-new maps – Megalo, Bloodwater, Hassle Castle and Moldergrove – all based around the spooky holiday season. A Wicked Windfall Case has also been added, which contains 22 cosmetic items, plus a chance to receive one of 6 new community-created Halloween-restricted items or a new taunt. 19 new community effects and 15 new community war paints have also been added.
New and returning Halloween contracts for Team Fortress 2 have also been brought into the mix. Soul Gargoyles from last year’s event also make an appearance and task players to eliminate enemies, complete map objectives, and collect Soul Gargoyles that spawn across the map. General bug fixes and gameplay tweaks have been made, too. The full patch notes for the update can be read here.
Team Fortress 2’s new update is already proving popular amongst the community, as Esports consultant and insider Rob Breslau revealed on Twitter that the game has seen its highest player peak since 2012.
Team Fortress 2 reached its highest player peak ever (since 2012) with today's new major update from Valve, 13 years after release. the TF2 community is still very much alive, if only Valve would treat it as such pic.twitter.com/jYDzWZ17Ld
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) October 2, 2020
Team Fortress 2 isn’t the only game by Valve to receive substantial community support. Left 4 Dead 2 has recently received a huge update titled The Last Stand, which was also built by the community and gained full support from Valve.
The team behind the recent Half-Life: Alyx stated earlier this year that it wishes to work on a “full-scale” non VR title in the franchise. Half-Life: Alyx marked the first entry in the series for 13 years.
Fans have also managed to mod Hideo Kojima’s PT into Half-Life: Alyx. PT was originally intended to be a demo for the since cancelled Silent Hills and has become a cult-classic in its own right.