Team Fortress 2 Pyro Update Coming This Thursday; Free Weekend Kicks Off Friday

Update 2: All the details on the Pyro update, including achievement, new weapons and the two community maps, are now available.

Update: Valve has released the Meet the Sniper vignette. The studio also informed Shacknews that additional details on the Pyro update, including a list of achievements and unlockables, will not arrive until Wednesday, June 18.

Original Story: Valve has announced that the Pyro class update for its online multiplayer shooter Team Fortress 2 will be released this Thursday, June 19.

The update includes three unlockable weapons—such as the previously unveiled Axtinguisher—which can be obtained via 35 new class-specific achievements. Valve has previously stated that the Pyro update will also include "significant changes" to the core class which will be enacted regardless of whether players have the new weapons.

In addition to the new weapons and achievements, two community-created maps for the game will be included in the update. To tide players over til Thursday, Valve also plans to release Meet the Sniper, the latest video in its series of comedic class profiles, tomorrow morning.

The developer also revealed that it will hold another Team Fortress 2 free weekend, allowing players who haven't yet purchased the title to play the game for free from Friday morning through Sunday evening. During that time, players can download and play Team Fortress 2 from Valve's downloadable PC gaming platform Steam free of charge.