Valve has released a major content update for Team Fortress 2. The update adds fourteen community-created maps and twenty Unusual effects to the game. This is the first major content update for the game since 2017’s Jungle Inferno.
The biggest part of the update consists of community-developed Steam Workshop creations. Earlier this year, Valve announced the content update and called on users to submit content. In addition to fourteen maps, the update includes 25 cosmetic items available through the Summer 2023 Cosmetic Case, six new taunts, twelve effects for Unusual hats, eight effects for Unusual taunts, and ten War Paints available through the Summer 2023 War Paint Case. All new content has been created by community members and can be purchased or won via the TF2 marketplace or Steam’s loot box system.
In addition to cosmetic content and new maps, the update also contains some technical improvements. For example, Valve speaks of unspecified improvements to the security and stability of the competitive shooter. Several minor bug fixes have also been implemented.
The Team Fortress 2 Summer 2023 update is available as of this writing and will be installed automatically upon launching the game. The accompanying Summer event has also started and runs until September 15.
Team Fortress 2 still regularly receives minor bug fix updates, but the 2007 game rarely gets major content updates these days. Yet the shooter has a very active community and remains one of the most played games on Valve’s gaming platform Steam. The game has been struggling with a persistent bot problem for a long time, which the player base is trying to draw attention to under the #SaveTF2 campaign.