Normally, trying to get a press release out of Valve is like trying to get a Democrat to…never mind. Admittedly, the developer has not had much news in the past, but has started making up for that lately, with news of Counter Strike: Global Offensive, new software offerings and now these two releases Monday!
First up is a major announcement for members of the Steam Community, called the Game Hub. Read more on it below:
New features announced each day this week, beta access available soon
August 13, 2012–Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced a major update coming to the Steam Community.
This update focuses on highlighting and enabling the best user-created screenshots, videos, and Workshop items for games across Steam while making it easier for the community to discuss their favorite games.
Every game on Steam will have a new Game Hub. The Hubs highlight the most popular user-created screenshots, videos, and Steam Workshop items as rated by the community and combine it with related news, discussions, and comments for the game all in one central location.
“The New Steam Community is all about showing off the best content that gamers have created,” says Emily Kent at Valve. “With over 89 million screenshots, videos, Steam Workshop maps, levels, mods, and items, plus news articles and product updates, the community has created an unbelievable wealth of content around their favorite games.”
Steam is a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC and Mac games and digital entertainment, with over 40 million accounts around the world and over 2000 titles offered.
Check back each day (August 13-16th) for a preview of a new set of features at www.steamcommunity.com/communitycontent.
Alright, so that was not so exciting, but up next is an announcement for Team Fortress 2, a classic that is still one of the most played PC games online today. Turns out the happy time bunch at Valve is introducing a new game mode, featuring online co-operative play vs AI bots on all new maps:
Mann vs. Machine Goes Live August 15th
Valve Announces New Co-operative Game for Team Fortress 2
August 13, 2012 – Valve, creators of bestselling game franchises (such as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), announced today a new co-operative game for its free-to-play online action title Team Fortress 2 (TF2).
Available August 15th, 2012, Mann vs. Machine (MvM) lets you and five friends fight a lethal horde of robots on all-new maps, with the opportunity to upgrade abilities and weapons along the way. Band together to survive all of the robot waves in a variety of missions to earn incredible loot and unlock new achievements.
Leading up to its August 15th release, Valve will be making daily updates to its TF2 website, unveiling MvM content and key features. To find out more about MvM, go tohttp://www.teamfortress.com/mvm.
TF2 is Free to Play for PC & Mac players via Steam. For more information on TF2, please visit http://www.teamfortress.com/.
There you have it, nasties. When more is known, of course we will publish and let you know.
Rick first got his start in gaming with the Atari 2600 console, and it was all downhill from there. Now he spends his free time writing about games and technology for Sergeant Merrell, and is also on the Off Duty Gamers staff. His prior service as a United States Marine, and in law enforcement, give him a peculiar sense of humor, so be advised.