Valve has released a fairly major update for class-based shooter Team Fortress 2. The update pays tribute to voice actor Rick May, who passed away recently. May provided the voice for the Soldier.
In Valve's official patch notes for the update, the devs simply state that they've "added a tribute" to Rick May. However, it seems that the tribute is pretty far-reaching. According to a post on the Team Fortress 2 subreddit, the tribute to May adds new main menu music, with Soldier appearing prominently on the menu. Soldier statues have been added to most maps and will play Soldier voice lines at random when players stand near them. It's a touching tribute to a man who deserves to be recognized and they will be in the game throughout all of May.
Has anything else been added in this Team Fortress 2 update?
A number of new fixes have also been added to address problems. There are fixes for a client crash related to custom spray files, an exploit that allowed sentry guns to fire through some walls, and a faulty confirm dialog, among other things. You'll also find updates to the Aim Assistant and Telefragger Toque, as well as the ConTracker font. Finally, Valve has added some new tournament medals and updated its localization files. If you're interested, you can check out the new localization stuff right here.
This update represents the most work Valve has done on Team Fortress 2 in a very long time. The last major update for the game was back in October 2019, when Valve added a number of community-created elements to the game for its "Scream Fortress XI" update. Before that, the last Team Fortress 2 update was the previous year's Scream Fortress patch. This tribute to May is timely and appropriate, though, so kudos to Valve for dropping it in the game. You can check out Team Fortress 2 for free right now on Steam.
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