Valve unleashed a ton of new info on cartoony, multiplayer combat game Team Fortress 2 on their just-launched pyro-specific website. If you prefer playing a fire-bug, the new pyro upgrades ought to make you crazy happy. Here's what's new:
- Two new gamer-created maps.
- Three new pyro weapons
- Full list of pyro achievements
- A new video--"Meet the sniper."
As if that wasn't enough, the company is offering you a free weekend. From the 20th-22nd, you can download Steam and play Team Fortress 2 gratis.
First, the maps:
A control point map with five points, in the style of Badlands. Its symmetrical layout provides for high-speed and well balanced gameplay, while the multiple indoor routes, connected to larger outdoor arenas, provide a wide set of interesting and varied combat spaces. The arena-style control points require solid teamwork to capture and hold
created by Bill Johnston
A CTF map inside a large industrial compound. It's clean and straightforward, making it easy to learn, but its well balanced layout ensures there are still a wide variety of strategic choices for teams to make, and for individual classes to shine. Competitive teams and players have already popularized this one.
Now, the weapons:
Replaces the shotgun. It allows the Pyro to ignite an enemy at long range, but does require careful aim on their part. It’s particularly useful for causing havoc on Snipers and Engineers who want to keep their distance.
This flamethrower is built for the Pyro who likes to ambush their opponents. It removes the compression blast capability, instead guaranteeing critical hits whenever it’s used on an opponent from behind. To aid in survivability, it grants the Pyro an extra fifty health.
This mighty axe guarantees critical hits on any enemy that’s currently on fire, although it’s significantly weaker against enemies who aren’t. A great combination with the The Flare Gun, or with another Pyro buddy riding alongside doing the igniting.