Valve’s Team Fortress 2 has adopted a free-to-play model and so will be free to download from today.
From today, Valve’s Team Fortress 2 will be using a free-to-play model. The game was originally released in 2007 as part of the Orange Box, which you could get for dirt cheap anyway, but now it is free-to-play there is literally no excuse not to play the team-based first-person shooter.
The game will continue to bring in money via the pre-existing MannCo store, which sells a variety of in-game items. There will be no advertising model or premium paid model, the game will be free to everybody who plays it.
Speaking to Develop, Valve’s Robin Walker said:
“We’ve been toying with the idea of making Team Fortress free-to-play ever since the Mann-conomy update [in September 2010]…The data we got back from that update leads us to believe that TF2 would be more successful as a completely free product.”
By this point those of you who don’t already own the game have probably rushed to Steam and aren’t even reading this anymore, but if you are still lingering what on earth are you waiting for?