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Introducing PASS Time, a New Beta Game Mode!

August 18, 2015 - TF2 Team



A while back we ran into some of the guys at Bad Robot. We liked the stuff they were making, they liked the stuff we were up to, and we hit it off almost instantly.


After we'd given them a tour, one of the things they found the most fascinating was TF2's ongoing update schedule. Traditionally a film and TV studio, they typically don't get to show their community anything until it's already finished. So the idea of shipping a beta version of something, then working with a community of gamers to make it better over time, was a wholly new and exciting concept to them.


"Man, we wish we could do something like that," they said. To which our logical response was: "Why don't you?" (There might have even been some buck-buck chicken noises.)


Flash forward a bit, and here we are: The TF team is incredibly happy to announce PASS Time, a new game mode for Team Fortress 2 dreamed up by Bad Robot and co-developed with the talented folks at Escalation Studios, available now in-game as a beta release. PASS Time combines TF2's usual fast-paced bloodsport with the actual fast-paced sports of soccer, hockey and basketball.


This is where you come in. PASS Time marks Bad Robot's first foray into rapidly iterative content, and they're really excited to get feedback on their beta so they can work with the TF community to evolve the game. This is a new way of doing things for them, and they're looking forward to working with you to see how it grows over time.


Keep reading for more information about the new game modeóor just boot up TF2 and play it for yourself. Take it away, Bad Robot!

Thanks, guys. And hello to the TF2 community! As massive fans of all things Valve and TF2, we've been thrilled to work with them, and the deft developers at Escalation Studios, to present this super early look at PASS Time. And now we're extremely excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with you, the players! Your feedback will be critical to making this mode, at very least, worthy of the game we all love. So, many thanks for hitting us up at passtime@valvesoftware.com with any and all thoughts. Here's hoping that, together, we can create something special that the community will enjoy as much as we've enjoyed just getting to this point!



RED and BLU face off in an epic battle to score more goals than their opponents. Coordinated passing, aerial shots, interceptions, team-based formations and plays, defensive lines and the like make for strategically chaotic play.




The "jack" is a ball that, when carried, replaces your weapons. Teamwork is key in protecting the jack-carrier. Pass and shoot with your primary fire. Pick up and intercept by simply touching the jack. Melee an opponent carrier to steal. Carrying the jack also gives that player the following boosts:


  • Health: regeneration
  • Invulnerability: temporary when you steal (with melee) or intercept the jack
  • Speed: temporary increase when you first gain possession
  • Vision: see both teammates AND opponents on the map


  • Passing
    A critical aspect of PASS Time play. Team-based passing is a surefire way to get the ball away from your goal, and into your opponents', as quickly as possible.
  • Coordinated Team Play
    In PASS Time, itís vital to play as a team. Lone wolf runs donít stand a chance against a united front.
  • High-Flying Action
    PASS Time introduces speed boosts and jump-pads. Nothing beats the rush of a mid-air shot-on-goal or interception.
  • Defense!
    A balance of offensive and defensive strategy is key. Goalies can be the difference-makers in PASS Time.
  • Sudden Death
    As with most sports, try not to die. Especially if the match ends in a tieó'cause thatís when true Sudden Death kicks in.


    • The Gun Mettle Update is (Actually) Here!

      July 2, 2015 - TF2 Team



      For real! It's live! Go hop in the game!


      The Gun Mettle Update is (Almost) Here!

      July 1, 2015 - TF2 Team



      What's the point of having a cool gun if everyone else has one too? You know who has guns that are all alike? The army. And the army isn't fun at all. They barely trade and paint their weapons, they hardly ever give each other presents when one of them does a really good job, and their weapons don't even have kill-counters or sparkle effects. It's almost a job.


      Introducing the Gun Mettle Campaign, new to TF2 and releasing tomorrow, which succeeds in every area where the army fails: Rare guns! Mystery boxes! Skill-based prizes! Buying a $5.99 Campaign Pass lets you test your TF mettle against a series of weekly challenges, and gives you the chance to earn one-of-a-kind weapons to keep or trade with your friends. A portion of the sales from Campaign Passes will go towards our hardworking TF2 community mapmakers. Find out more about the new campaign here, and don't forget to read the comic!


      Now, say you're the sort of person who's thinking, "You know what's more exciting to me than the Gun Mettle Campaign? Having six dollars." Don't worry, frugal guy, we've got you covered too! A new Valve map! Three new community maps! Taunts! A new way to equip new weapons in-game for free! Loads of class and weapon changes! Check out the details here. You guys, this is a big update. And it lands tomorrow, so check back.


      Announcing the Maps Workshop Beta!

      June 2, 2015 - TF2 Team



      Are you great at making fun, addictive TF2 maps? Do you have no idea how to make a map, but you like playing on them? Are you only vaguely aware of what maps are and prefer to just walk in a single direction until you find what you're looking for? Introducing the Maps Workshop Beta, a place for all three of you to upload, enjoy or just learn about the existence of maps!


      The Maps Workshop Beta is an in-development one-stop hub where mapmakers can instantly upload and get feedback on their maps. Simply head over to the in-game Workshop tool and click on the new Maps button. If you're just in the market to play new maps, you can now browse the Maps Workshop and up-vote and subscribe to maps you likeóor just connect to a server running a Workshop map and it will download automatically from the Workshop.


      And remember, this is a Beta that we'll be working to improve. The TF2 team is incredibly appreciative of your feedback.



      Announcing the Taunt Workshop!

      March 12, 2015 - TF2 Team



      Hey, what's up, everybody? We're adding taunts to the TF2 Workshop!


      What are taunts? They're character-specific animations you can trigger in-game to either announce that you've just shot someone or would like to be shot yourself. And now you can make your own! We've been blown away by the quality of item submissions in the Workshop so far, and this feels like the next logical step to letting creative folks in the community help make the game even better. If you're a talented animator, there's now a whole new way to contribute content. And if you're not an animator, you can still look forward to getting a lot more ways to express yourself on the battlefield in 2015.


      Now, as we all know, almost everybody in the TF2 community is made up of Bruce Wayne-like philanthropist billionaires, so most of you can tune out for this paragraph. This next part is aimed specifically at the very slim margin of you who don't already have enough money and would like more. That's right! The TF2 team will be regularly selecting top-rated taunts in the Workshop to be sold in the Mann Co. Store.


      Be sure to check out the Workshop Taunt FAQ for more information on how to create and upload taunts.


      One last thing: To help celebrate the Taunt Workshop launch, we're happy to release three all-new community-made taunts, The Boston Breakdance, Most Wanted and The Killer Solo, now available at the Mann Co. Store!