Team Fortress 2 Beta Finally Launches, Lovingly Embraced by Shack Community

After several hiccups and unexpected delays, the beta for Valve's Team Fortress 2 (PC) launched late last night.

Anyone who pre-purchases the $44.99 Orange Box compilation via Steam can now play the colorful class-based multiplayer shooter, which officially releases alongside Half-Life 2 Episode Two and Portal on October 10 in PC and Xbox 360 varieties. The bundle also packs Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2 Episode One, and will hit PlayStation 3 a bit after the other two versions arrive. nope

Multiple password-protected Shack servers have been set up by caring and generous Shackers for Shackbattle skirmish love. Members of the Shacknews Steam Community are instructed to hop in Group Chat for the password and more details. Those interested in joining the Shacknews Group are urged to respond to this post with their Steam ID.

The first of many Shackbattles has been formally scheduled for this evening. Scope out the Shacknews Group page for exact details on tonight's match, and keep checking back for future events.