Over 60GB of Team Fortress 2 assets have been leaked
The iconic team-based shooter Team Fortress 2 (TF2) has suffered a massive leak, with the entire game’s assets being made public and coming in at 61 GB.
- Valve’s beloved FPS TF2 has been around since 2007 with the release of The Orange Box. Ever since its switch to free-to-play in 2011, the game has continued to be one of the biggest titles on the Steam platform. However, despite a high player count, players have faced many issues regarding a lack of meaningful updates as well as a massive bot problem that led to the SaveTF2 movement and Valve implementing measures to counteract the issue.
- Content creator Richter Overtime posted an announcement on Twitter shortly after the assets had leaked, showing early versions of maps, unused animations, and other scrapped content. Some notable assets include Dustbowl 2, a sequel to the iconic original map, tutorial levels for game mechanics including the soldier’s rocket jump, a blue variant of the scattergun, and what appears to be a level 4 upgrade to the engineer’s sentry. As the community continues to sift through the files, we can expect to see more significant discoveries and creations that make use of the assets.
- While we don't know how someone obtained the entire asset repo, it's not surprising that the online image board 4chan played a role in the leak with the original thread providing direct access to the files.
In other Valve news:
- Steam recently hit two all-time highs in a single weekend with record-breaking user numbers. Between January 7-8, the platform reached over 10 million in-game players with 33 million online users, the highest it has seen in its nearly two-decade-long existence.
- The Steam Deck is supposedly receiving an update that will allow users to transfer games between systems on their local networks. The rumor was seemingly confirmed by Twitter user @thexpaw after they spotted strings of code in the latest Steam update. Currently, all games need to be downloaded directly from Steam’s servers without a way to transfer any data to other Steam Decks or PCs.