A new Alternate Reality Game from developer Valve has suggested that the company might be ready to introduce a new class for Team Fortress 2, its own class-based multiplayer shooter, one based on robotic characters.
A Man versus Machine update has been teased by Valve for more than two years, which should not come as a surprise given the launch schedule of the company, and it seems that it might finally arrive in the coming weeks, including playable robots, new weapons and new items to use.
The ARG from Valve was a very convoluted one, including hidden hex codes, a zip with a password lock, words to create a password, a crafting recipe that could be used in Team Fortress 2 and a comic from Valve which teased the Man versus Machine update.
Valve has made Team Fortress 2 one of its most interesting titles, one which is constantly evolving and is often used as a sort of a test bed for the ideas that the company then moves to other areas of its business.
Since the introduction of hats and other items, Team Fortress 2 has also become a money maker for Valve, some of which is also shared with the players who are willing to create their own.
The game is also ready for another big change after Valve has finally finished the Meet the Character updates, which has introduced a number of new weapons to the game and have fundamentally altered the way the game is being played.
The game was originally introduced in 2007 and since then it has managed to attract a very hardcore group of players who have stuck with it almost regardless of the changes Valve has made.
The fan-made video attached to this article rounds up all the evidence that gamers have found so far of the fundamental changes linked to Team Fortress 2.