At long last!
After almost five years, Valve have finally concluded Team Fortress 2′s Meet the Team series, with the long-awaited Meet the Pyro. Let’s take a look:
In addition, Adult Swim have revealed part of their unannounced Valve project: a TF2 Robot Chicken hat promotion. If you sign up for the Adult Swim newsletter before the 4th of July, you will receive a Steam promo code for an all-class Robot Chicken hat, for use in TF2.
According to the Adult Swim-TF2 FAQ page, if you sign up by midnight today (the 27th of June), you will receive the code tomorrow, some time on the 28th. But if you sign up after midnight today, you’ll receive the code on the 5th of July (you’ll still be able to enter the code and get your hat). Apparently, this isn’t all Adult Swim has in store for the Valve community, so stay tuned!
Also, the Valve Store now has… “Inflatable Baloonicorns” in stock, and they include some sort of TF2 item promo code. No idea what item this code is for, and I’m hoping it’s not a Baloonicorn-exclusive item. The Baloonicorns themselves are a reference to Meet the Pyro.
And in the big news… being released alongside MtP is the Source Filmmaker (also known as the SFM), a story-telling and film-making editor tool for the Source Engine. It’s been in development in-house at Valve for over 5-7 years, and to date they’ve used it to create over 50 of their animated short films. It’s just as versatile, just as robust, and just as amazing as we always hoped it would be since it was first leaked in the 2007 pre-release Team Fortress 2 beta. Here it is:
You can sign up for the Source Filmmaker closed beta on the official SFM website. It will exit beta status, and become available for all, later this year. The official FAQ page will answer all of the questions you might have, as well as a few you might not have known you had. And on the Source Filmmaker YouTube page, you’ll find links to many of Valve’s animated films that were created using SFM.
But apart from all that? Well, we’re still waiting for Valve to reveal Day 3 of the Pyromania Update. Who knows what it’ll include? It should be revealed later today, although I assume the update itself will only be released tomorrow. Stay tuned!