Team Fortress 2 Classless Update Goes Live

By Nick Breckon, Aug 13, 2009 3:48pm PDT After only two days of teasing--an abbreviated period of anticipation for Valve--the latest Team Fortress 2 update has now gone live.

In addition to the 18 new hats, a new community map, and the King of the Hill mode, the update also includes a reworked version of Sawmill for capture-the-flag play.

Community map CP_Yukon was also added in an update to the patch notes: "This abandoned mountaintop coalmine was repurposed by shadowy operatives into a top secret surveillance outpost--one which also, so nobody gets wise, insidiously continues to mine coal. There is also a log hanging in the center of the map--possibly as an example to other logs. Logs that said too much."

The full patch notes follow:

New Content:

  • Added King Of The Hill game mode.
  • Added custom animations played by the losing team during the post-win state. They are moved into third person camera to enjoy them.
  • Added lots of new hats.
  • Added koth_Viaduct.
  • Added ctf_Sawmill
  • Added community map Arena_Offblast
  • Added community map Cp_Yukon
Additions / Changes:
  • Added "Auto Reload" option to the multiplayer advanced options.
  • Clip-based weapons that reload a full clip at a time can now have their reloads aborted by firing.
  • Pistol now fires at a fixed rate, not based on the speed at which you press the firing button.
  • Added a color blind option to add a Jarate icon above enemies who are busy accepting a terrifying existence where they have no dignity.
  • Significantly reduced the amount of network traffic being sent.
  • Capturing the flag in a CTF game mode gives the entire capturing team 10 seconds of critboost.
  • Sappers attached to a teleporter automatically place another Sapper on the other end of the teleporter, if it exists.
  • Engineers wrenching a teleporter will repair the other end as well, and remove Sappers from both if they exist.
  • Disguised Spies no longer trigger On-Hit effects (like the Blutsauger's heal).
  • Removed self-inflicted minicrits. Fixes Jarate'd Soldiers/Demomen having ineffective rocket/grenade jumps.
  • Added an item panel to the spectator cam that shows non-standard items being carried by the player you're spectating.
  • Added an "Inspect" key that allows you to look at items being carried by your team mates.
  • Backpack improvements: - Added drag & drop to move items around. Item positions are maintained on the backend. - Added multi-select, allowing you to delete multiple items at once. - Added a new key to the key binding page that opens your inventory directly to your backpack. - Fixed mouseover panel being incorrectly position when the backpack first appears.
  • Cloaked Spies standing in valid backstab positions no longer raise their knife.
  • Added current map name and gametype to the bottom right of scoreboard.
  • Added class icons to tips on the loadout and loading screens.
  • Improved visuals around flags when they're being carried by a player.
  • Improved critboosted visuals, making it much clearer when an enemy has critboost.
  • Updated the loading panel to show the game type under the map name during level transition.
  • In-game chat dialog now supports full Unicode characters.
  • Added BLU main menu background.
  • Added response caching for some server queries to help reduce the CPU load from DOS attacks.
  • Teammates no longer block friendly radius damage. Prevents nearby teammates causing rocket/grenade jumps to fail.
Map Changes:
  • Update PLR_Pipeline - Increased the starting advantage in the third round if a team has won the first two rounds. - Fixed carts not continuing to the second round if they're capped at the same time in the first round. - Fixed being able to shoot pipebombs over the starting gates in the first round. - Fixed being able to open the doors in the first round before the setup time was finished. - Fixed players getting stuck in some doors. - Fixed players being able to get onto rooftops and out of the map boundaries. - Fixed other minor bugs and exploits.
  • Update Arena_Sawmill - Fixed DirectX8 bug where some models would not be visible. - Fixed exploit with building teleporters outside of the map.
  • Updated CP_Granary - Made a few changes to improve balance based on competitive community feedback.
Item Reworks:
  • The Force of Nature - The enemy knockback now only `works in close range and behaves more like the Pyro's air blast. - Enemies cannot be juggled by the FaN's effect. - The self-knockback has also changed to respect the firer's view angle. Looking up while shooting will no longer propel the enemy upwards. - Knockback is now scaled by damage done.
  • The Sandman - A Scout will receive 1 point for stunning an enemy and 2 points for a long range stun. - Stunned players now take 75% of all incoming damage instead of 50%. - ���bercharged players can no longer be stunned. - Heavies spinning their mini-guns will continue to spin when stunned (whether the left or right mouse button is pressed). - The minimum distance to stun a target has been reduced. - The negative attribute has changed from "no double jump" to "-30 max health".
Fixes:
  • Fixed various issues around layout & presentation of items inside the Backpack and "X is carrying" item dialogs.
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed players to work around sv_pure.
  • Particle files are now protected by sv_pure.
  • Fixed critboost effect getting stuck on when you die while critboosted.
  • Fixed Timer HUD element backgrounds not being the correct color if you change teams during waiting for players.
  • Fixed a couple of issues with the way critboosts affected The Huntsman and the Spy's knife.
  • Fixed an exploit where you could reload The Huntsman faster than intended.
  • Fixed Heavy "civilian" exploit.
  • Fixed a set of exploits using the DXSupport config files.
  • Fixed r_screenfademinsize and r_screenfademaxsize exploits.
  • Fixed sentries firing at a fully cloaked Spy if they're still the closest target.
Community requests:
  • Added a HUD element for hybrid CTF & CP maps. - Supports 1 or 2 flags, and any number of CPs. - Mapmakers need to place a "tf_logic_hybrid_ctf_cp" entity in their map to enable it.
  • Added custom kill server log text "train" and "saw" for deaths caused by these environmental hazards. Format: "%s<%i><%s><%s>" committed suicide with "world" (customkill "%s") (attacker_position "%d %d %d")
  • Added new "medic_death" event for server logs Format: "%s<%i><%s><%s>" triggered "medic_death" against "%s<%i><%s><%s>" (healing "%d") (ubercharge "%s") - healing is the amount the Medic healed in that life - ubercharge (1/0) is whether they died with a full charge
  • Added "func_respawnflag" trigger entity. It will remove & return the flag if a flag carrier touches it, or if the flag falls into it.

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