The cast has expanded with Halloween updates, including the characters of Merasmus, the Bombinomicon, the Horseless Headless Horsemann, Monoculus, and the Mann Brothers (all voiced by Nolan North). While formalized competitive gameplay is very different from normal Team Fortress 2, it offers an environment with a much higher level of teamwork than in public servers (also known as "pubs").
Team Fortress 2 (TF2) is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed and published by Valve Corporation.
It is the sequel to the 1996 mod Team Fortress for Quake and its 1999 remake, Team Fortress Classic.
Most teams use a voice chat to communicate, and use a combination of strategy, communication, and aiming ability to win against other teams.
Community-run competitive leagues also tend to feature an item banlist, as well as the removal of randomized critical hits, in order to speed up gameplay and to remove unbalanced or game-breaking elements from matches.
New sets of class-specific achievements have been added in updates, which add new abilities and weapons to each class once unlocked by the player.
This unlockable system has since been expanded into a random-chance system, where the player can also obtain the items simply by playing the game.
In the game's fiction, the teams are composed of mercenaries hired by two feuding brothers to protect the company assets belonging to one brother while trying to destroy those of the other; the teams are thus represented by the names of these companies: Reliable Excavation & Demolition (RED) and Builders League United (BLU).
Players can choose to play as one of nine character classes in these teams, each with his own unique strengths, weaknesses, and weapons.
Many competitive leagues also award in-game medals and player honors, which are submitted via the Steam Workshop and approved by Valve.
In February 2016, Valve announced that a dedicated competitive mode would be added to Team Fortress 2, utilizing skill-based matchmaking; closed beta testing began that month.
They can choose how many bots there are, as well as their difficulty.