Valve’s multiplayer shooter, Team Fortress 2, hit PC 14 years ago and despite its age, it just broke its own all-time concurrent players record on Steam.
This news comes by way of Eurogamer, which caught that over the weekend the game had reached a new concurrent players high of 151,253 players. The previous record was held by the 147,360 players that played the game last December.
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Eurogamer published its piece on this new record over the weekend where it saw a concurrent player count of 141,741. At the time of this writing, that number is 118,626 and it’s easy to imagine that the number might be lower at the moment due to it being a Monday.
As for why Team Fortress 2 is bigger than ever, the answer likely stems from a recent update that brought a brand new Summer 2021 Cosmetic Case to the game. This case is Crate Series #132 and it includes 18 community-contributed items and six community-made Unusual effects, according to Eurogamer.
Team Fortress 2’s Snakewater map also received some tweaks recently that improved general movement on the map and prevented clipping from happening. Eurogamer suspects these improvements came at the cost of the map’s Kitchen area, as it’s no longer there. They report this update should “make bot behavior slightly less annoying,” too.
There are plenty of games out there that eclipse Team Fortress 2’s new personal record of 151,253 such as Valve’s own Dota 2 (1,291,328), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (1,305,714), or even Left 4 Dead 2 (161,590), but for a game that came out in 2007, it’s doing quite well. Bravo, Team Fortress 2.
Check out our thoughts on the game in IGN’s Team Fortress 2 review and then read about how the Team Fortress 2 community built cheater-killing bots to combat cheaters playing the game. Check out this list of every IGN Valve game review after that.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.