Valve Software’s Team Fortress 2 is now free to play, a business model which gains money through in-game purchases. The game will make use of premium accounts which current owners will be given, slots in the backpack will be expanded and more items and trading will be included for premium accounts.
Valve says that this is the highest rated game to become available for free citing a score from Metacritic of 92/100 adding that ‘Team Fortress 2 delivers constant updates—new game modes, maps, equipment and, most importantly, hats.’
Users who purchase something from the Mann Co. Store, a virtual item store, will be given premium access. The Mann Co. Store was opened last year during September 2010.
The 2007 game has received over 200 updates including the Uber Update which included ‘Meet the Medic’ and is the largest content pack to come to the game.
A FAQ (frequently asked questions) list released by Valve says that users of the coaching feature will receive a ‘wearable item.’ The coaching feature is designed for free account users who change over to a premium account, these users are given a chance to state who the most valuable friend was. The most valuable friend will then receive the item.
The game is available for download at Steam.