Team Fortress 2 has been updated by Valve today in response to the player-led #saveTF2 campaign seeking an answer to the bot multiplayer shooter bot epidemic. However, the automatically applied update is primarily intended for sorting a variety of fragrance-sounding uses. These range from teleporting back to your spawn point by switching loadout or class while touching the other team’s No Entry port, to spies disguising themselves and creating an invisible shield at their feet to block incoming fire.
Valve responded to players’ concerns in late May about the flood of bots affecting TF2, saying they were “working to improve things”. As such, two of the most critical changes in the update are the changed voting system, which now allows players to kick bots out of matches faster, and a fix that prevents players from being able to change their name during a matchmaking game. Both teams can now have a kick poll running at the same time, and a global poll can run while a kick poll takes place.
It actually took a TF2 parody account to tweet news about the update as Valve’s account remained silent:
Update including bug fixes https://t.co/RISWOkc6aq
– Team Fortress 2 (@ Dev_TF2) June 22, 2022
Many of the players are discussing today’s update on Reddit and Twitter has approved the changes to date, in particular the updated voting system. Others do not think the update has done much to fix the bot issue. Some players commented that they hoped Valve would continue to support TF2 with more updates that actually discouraged bots instead of leaving it in the players’ hands.
Team Fortress 2 is still free to play on Steam fifteen years since it was launched. It may contain fewer bots now, crossing fingers. You can even check out the full patch notes here.