Team Fortress 2: Gold Rush Update Available Now

April 29, 2008


Free Weekend Begins Friday On

Valve, creators of award-winning
games and leading technologies, today announced a series of events for the title
PC Gamer and named 2007’s Multiplayer Game of the Year, Team
Fortress 2. First, the Team Fortress 2: Gold Rush Update
  is now available, free to owners of Team
Fortress 2 via Steam, a leading online platform for PC games with over 15
million accounts worldwide. The Gold Rush Update introduces the new Gold Rush
map and Payload gameplay style, the first set of unlockable weapons, and a new
set of achievements for the Medic. Valve also announced a worldwide Team
Fortress 2 Free Weekend will begin Friday at noon PDT, and will include access
to the new content released today in the TF2: Gold Rush Update. Using the
functionality made available through Steam and Steamworks, all of the files
needed to join the Free Weekend are available for pre-loading now. "Since Valve
released Team Fortress Classic nine years ago this month as a free add-on for
Half-Life owners, Valve has continuously looked for new ways to support the
players of its online games," said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of
Valve. "Following in that tradition, today owners of all PC versions of Team
Fortress 2 will automatically receive a free update containing new gameplay,
weapons, and achievements by connecting to Steam, a platform built for gamers
and creators of online games." The Free Weekend is open to players around the
world, and there is no obligation to purchase to participate; all that is needed
is a Steam account to join. To start pre-loading everything you need to play on
Friday and learn more about Team Fortress 2, please visit