Valve's Team Fortress 2 just got a massive update with 14 new maps and 25 new cosmetic items

A big update for Valve's Team Fortress 2 is here, bringing a tonne of new content. Even more impressive, more people are playing TF2 than ever before.

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Valve's Team Fortress 2 is still going strong, with the free-to-play multiplayer shooter being a Steam staple since it first launched in 2007. The team-based shooter where players take on various roles is iconic and one of the main inspiration points for games like Overwatch from Blizzard.

Valve's Team Fortress 2 just got a massive update with 14 new maps and 25 new cosmetic items 02

And Team Fortress 2 just got one of its most significant updates in years, with the Summer 2023 update bringing 14 new community maps to the game, 25 new community-contributed cosmetic items, and a bunch of general fixes.

Valve noted that Team Fortress 2 was set to receive a major update in February, though a lot of the credit here definitely goes to the community that helped create all the new content. And if you're wondering just how popular a multiplayer game from 2007 can be, right now (as of writing), 192,249 people are playing Team Fortress 2 - with the all-time peak concurrent player count of 207,533 recorded in the past 24 hours, too, per SteamDB.

Team Fortress 2 is currently sitting at number three on the most played games on Steam as of July 12, behind other Valve multiplayer hits Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2.

Here's a look at the Summer 2023 update, with full patch notes and fixes ready to view on the official site. The update will be applied automatically the next time you fire up Team Fortress 2 - which for me will be the first time in years.

Team Fortress 2 - Summer 2023 Update

  • Featuring 14 new community maps: Sharkbay, Rotunda, Phoenix, Cashworks, Venice, Reckoner, Sulfur, Hardwood, Pelican Peak, Selbyen, VSH Tiny Rock, VSH Distillery, VSH Skirmish, and VSH Nucleus
  • Added the Summer 2023 Cosmetic Case
    • Contains 25 new community-contributed items
  • Added 6 new community-contributed taunts to the Mann Co. Store
    • Taunt: Killer Joke
    • Taunt: Star-Spangled Strategy
    • Taunt: The Head Doctor
    • Taunt: Tuefort Tango
    • Taunt: The Road Rager
    • Taunt: The Killer Signature
  • Added 20 new community-created Unusual effects
    • 12 new effects for Unusual hats
    • 8 new effects for Unusual taunts
  • Added the Summer 2023 War Paint Case
    • Contains 10 new community-created War Paints that make up the Summer 2023 Collection
    • Has a chance to give a taunt Unusualifier as a bonus item
  • All cosmetic and taunt cases will grant Summer 2023 Unusual effects instead of their normal Unusual effects during the Summer event. This does not include crates.
  • The Summer event runs through September 15th, 2023
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