Since there is a severe lack of any good news on the day I write this, I thought it was finally time to give myself an opportunity to do a purely opinionated article to write.
So we’re talking about Team Fortress 2.
Primarily, we’re going to focus on the question of whether TF2 will go away anytime soon.
For almost the past decade, TF2 has been one of the most popular first-person shooters out there, and it comes as no surprise to anyone since everyone’s favorite game studio, Valve, created it. The concept started off as a simple class based shooter using the source engine in the late 90s, since then it has evolved to a point where it’s one of the longest supported first person shooters ever made. It’s gathered one hell of a fanbase, and with that much attention, it’s only logical that it developed a decent competitive scene as well. The very fact that this game is still popular today really says something about how well the game was made.
But even so, after almost ten years you’ve gotta be wondering about the state of this game. Is it still holding up? Do people still play it? Is it going to go away soon and fizzle into nothing? Well, for one thing, I can promise you that a lot of people do still play TF2 regularly, but there is a state of mind going around that TF2 is either dead or dying.
TF2 is not dying.
At least it’s not dying as fast as you think it is, it’s not going to go away anytime soon. TF2 is still one of Valve’s focuses, maybe not as much as in past years but it’s still very much supported. They’ve been pushing out updates for this thing for the past decade, the most recent big update being the Meet your Match update which added in competitive matchmaking. Valve is still committed to supporting TF2, which is the first reason why it’s not dying. Valve obviously still cares about the game, if they wanted to move on they would have done so a long time ago, but they’re in for the long run, they want this to keep going. And from the two Youtubers who visited Valve HQ a couple months back, we know that more big updates are coming soon. The fans who still play the game want it to keep going too, TF2 is the fifth most played game on Steam right now, miles ahead of a lot of other first person shooters out there.
And as long as we’re talking about the community, there’s still a great many people who enjoy all things TF2. In fact, people are making their living on Youtube solely by playing the game and being good at it while providing a fun and/or interesting experience for the viewers. Such people include Youtubers like Muselk, Uncle Dane, NISLT, STAR_, Jerma, and even a new kid on the block who’s content I’ve taken a liking to, Sir Stanger. These guys use the game as a medium for entertaining, funny, and interesting videos which make them money and consistently help keep the interest in the game ever strong. TF2 gave these guys a way to live their passion, and with some exceptions (Ster and Jerma) these guys are still making videos today. And Sir Stanger, while still making fun content like the others, has taken to more of a conversational approach where he’s made several videos where he talks about popular TF2 topics including the question of its future and a possible sequel to the game. If you’re interested, I seriously recommend you check this guy out:
And all this is not even considering the massive item economy that has developed over the years. There’s a lot of players with a lot of items in their inventory, and some of them are worth hundreds of dollars. Nobody is ever going to leave a game when they have that much money invested in it, and if they were to leave they would feel inclined to liquidate, and that won’t happen until something else makes the game shut down, and we already ruled out the developers doing that.
So in my opinion, it’s safe to say that TF2 is going to be around for at least the next few years. It’s not every day that you see a game like this come out and be this successful, so I think everyone’s going to milk this for as long as they can.