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Valve: New TF2 Maps Hopefully Free on Consoles; Xbox 360 Patch Arrives

All the new Team Fortress 2 maps that have or are planned to hit the PC edition of the game will indeed make their way to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Valve marketing VP Doug Lombardi has confirmed.

"The maps will come to the console versions," Lombardi informed Eurogamer. "There's a bit of work that makes sense for us to bundle them up and release them as packs."

Recent additions to the PC edition of the game include numerous balance changes and two maps, Badlands and CTF_Well. Upcoming content includes class-specific achievements, unlockable weapons, and the Goldrush map, which adds a new gameplay mode.

Though available for individual purchase on the PC, the console editions of Team Fortress 2 are only contained within Valve's mega-compilation The Orange Box.

While that content is free on PC, what about consoles? "Oh, for free, definitely, as much as we can," Lombardi answered. "You know, we don't have full say over that, but we have some say over how that works."

Speaking of Team Fortress 2 on Xbox 360, Valve has released a new patch. Players will be automatically prompted to download the update when they attempt to sign into Xbox Live within the game.

Changes include the removal of numerous exploits, the addition of rumbling weapon effects, reduced respawn time in smaller matches, and several bandwidth tweaks, according to a forum post by Valve employee Arsenio.

No mention was made of a similar patch for the PlayStation 3 edition of The Orange Box, though with new content on the way, it is expected in time.