Posted on September 16, 2007, Steve Valve Weekly Update 09-14-07
In a recent Steam website update, Valve gave thanks to those who helped in testing prior to the recent Steam Community launch earlier this week. Valve also had this to say:
Not long ago (in geologic time), we announced the sequel to Team Fortress. We’re thrilled to finally be just days away from unveiling Team Fortress 2. Starting this Monday, September 17, those who pre-purchase the Orange Box on Steam or swing by a licensed Valve Cyber Cafe can play the beta version of Team Fortress 2.
Many of you have asked for a way to track your stats while playing TF2. Rest assured that no gib will be forgotten: starting Monday, your Steam Community profile will include a detailed breakdown of your TF2 player statistics.
It really has been ages since TF2 was announced (almost 8+ years). If you look hard enough, you can find some old video clips and screenshots of what Valve originally planned TF2 to look like. It is almost lame by today’s standards. In retrospect, I’m glad they waited.
Also, it looks like TF2 will soon be joining Halo 3 (and others) in the ranks of web-based player tracking. Cool stuff.