Team Fortress 2 Manniversary brings presents!

Happy Manniversary! Today marks the first full year of the Team Fortress 2 in-game “Mann Co. Store”, as well as four years of TF2 and a whopping $2 million earned by community item creators.

Valve would like to throw a party. To celebrate, “almost everything” in the Mann Co. in-game store will be on sale until Monday, October 17th. Time to buy that new hat you had your eye on, perhaps…

Team Fortress 2 Manniversary

Aw, li'l Saxton.

But that’s not all. Team Fortress 2 was originally launched as part of The Orange Box back in October 2007, and since then has taken the world by storm as one of the most popular online action games of all time (I’mma let you finish…).

This time last year, the company introduced the “Mann Co. Store” to the game, allowing gamers to design their own in-game items, which could then be bought, sold or traded – and worn by the various characters running around TF2. You could say the project’s been a bit successful, with community creators making more than $2,000,000 by selling creative collections of pixels.

Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve explains:

The ‘Mann Co. Store’ represents an important new direction for games and game makers. By leveraging and extending the platform features of Steam, Team Fortress 2 has enabled a viable marketplace for independent content creators and significantly extended the gameplay experience in an incredibly short amount of time.

And of course it wouldn’t be a TF2 celebration if it didn’t also bring a brand new update – so it’s with no further ado that we confirm the Manniversary Update brings with it a bunch of shiny new features. One of these is Steam Workshop, which will make item submission much easier, also providing testing, sharing and even status tracking for each creation. The entire TF2 community will be able to browse, rate and offer feedback on all submitted items, and everything slots in neatly into the Steam community.

…and did we mention the hats? 30 new hats and “cosmetic items” are included in this latest update, as well as an item decal system, loadout presets, multiple miscellaneous items slots, a new taunt, improved game performance and an interesting weeklong “try before you buy” item tryout system.

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Believe it or not, this Manniversary Update is one of the “largest and most ambitious” in the four year history of Team Fortress 2 – and there’s been some pretty hefty changes over that period, like the one which made the game free-to-play. It seems that Valve take their Manniversaries very seriously.

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