Team Fortress 2, a game that first saw the light of day in 2007, has astonishingly broken its concurrent player record 16 years after its initial release.
The game, which was a sequel to Team Fortress Classic, was part of Valve’s The Orange Box collection and received rave reviews upon its release. It is widely regarded as one of the best multiplayer shooters of all time, contributing to its enduring popularity.
The Power of Longevity
The longevity of Team Fortress 2 is almost unparalleled in the world of multiplayer shooters. The game continues to attract players, and its popularity seems to be on an upward trajectory.
The latest statistics from SteamDB reveal that Team Fortress 2’s new concurrent player record stands at a staggering 253,997.
The Secret to the Surge
This sudden surge in players is likely due to new content that Valve recently introduced to the game. Without any prior announcements, Valve rolled out a significant update for Team Fortress 2, adding 14 new maps and launching a summer event that will run until September 15.
Given that Team Fortress 2 has been around since 2007, some fans have expressed a desire for Valve to create Team Fortress 3 instead of continuing to update the 16-year-old game. However, Valve has a track record of rarely producing a third game in its franchises.
There’s no Team Fortress 3, Portal ended with Portal 2, and fans have been waiting for Half-Life 3 for over a decade.
The Future of Team Fortress 2
With Team Fortress 2 breaking its concurrent player count record, it’s clear that the game still has a strong fanbase. As long as Valve continues to release updates and add new content, it’s safe to say that many will continue to play it for the foreseeable future.
One potential development could be a Counter-Strike 2 style update for Team Fortress 2, updating it to work with the Source 2 engine. While nothing has been announced at this time, such an update could potentially lead to another surge in the game’s concurrent player record.
Well, let’s hope for the best as Team Fortress 2 might surpass CSGO’s recent concurrent player record this year.