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New TF2 PC Maps, Achievements and 'Large Scale' Gameplay Shift Within 2 Months

Update 2: Shacknews is proud to present our hands-on impressions of the reimagined Badlands map.

Update: Valve's Robin Walker has clarified that the new maps will definitely hit the PC, but are undecided for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Team Fortress 2, which are only available in The Orange Box.

Original Story: Two new maps for Valve's Team Fortress 2 will hopefully arrive within the next two months, the studio has informed Shacknews.

One of the new arenas is a remake of Team Fortress Classic's Badlands map, with an emphasis on more vertically-oriented gameplay due to the presence of control points on towering spires.

"Our estimate is that both these maps should be out within the next 2 months," Valve employee Robin Walker told Shacknews. "We expect to ship other new content before that."

That other content includes the forthcoming Medic achievement pack, which will add several new achievements for the Medic as well as a significant gameplay tweak for the class.

"It's a large scale modification to the core of the game," Walker hinted. "It'll debut in a limited fashion through the Medic first, but it'll be affecting all classes eventually."

"We're really looking forward to the community reaction," he continued. "We're really excited about where TF2 will be going over the next year."

For further details on the new Team Fortress 2 map, check back with Shacknews early next week for our hands-on impressions. In addition, there are some brief TF2 Badlands impressions in the latest Shacknews ShackCast.

Unfortunately for TF2maps.net user Buster Charlie, today's news comes hot on the heels of his recently announced Badlands remake.