TF2 was just updated this morning. Three crashed rockets were added to three in-game maps: 2Fort, Badwater Basin, and Barnblitz.
This is rocket number 1, found in 2Fort:
This is rocket number 2, found in Barnblitz:
And here is rocket number 3, found in Badwater Basin:
The rocket’s game files are labelled “grocket_001”. Their exact purpose and nature are unknown. Fans have been able to take a closer look at these things in the model viewer: here and here.
We’ve got a rough guess. Maybe this is leading up to an update containing all of the things that were missing from the Uber Update due to time and filesize constraints: Raid Mode, Specialty Mode, the Junkyard Soldier (or Garbage) pack, the Mean Medicine (or Heavy Duty Medicine) pack, the Gardening pack for the Pyro and possibly, even far more. We hope bugfixes will be included.
Maybe Meet the Pyro is involved. Perhaps the Pyro was once an astronaut, and a failed re-entry lead to a grim accident that might have left him insane, obsessed with fire and possibly disfigured, much like the Fury, from Metal Gear Solid 3. Others speculate that this is the lead-up to a space-themed update that might reveal the Pyro is actually an alien. Lasers will be involved.
And as usual, some people speculate that this is, yes, Episode Three, despite the fact that the rocket in question bears no resemblance to the Titan-class rocket that was launched at White Forest in Episode Two.
In any case, we’re keeping an eye on this, and we’ll let you know of any new developments.