Team Fortress 2’s most important update in years gives its community the keys to the kingdom

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For a game that’s 15 years old, Team Fortress 2 retains a remarkably vibrant community: it’s perpetually among the most-played games on Steam. There are over 97,000 people playing it as I write.

This is also a community that, this year, decided enough was enough and began pressuring Valve to pay them some more attention. The developer can be a bit of a black box at times, and its habit of minimal public comment followed by surprise updates can be frustrating for those invested in its games. Roadmaps? Where we’re going we don’t need roadmaps!