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Valve Reveals Team Fortress 2 Co-Op Mode, Mann vs. Machine

Turns out all that speculation about a Mann vs. Machine update for Team Fortress 2 was on the money. Valve has revealed a new co-op horde mode, set to launch August 15th, that has RED and BLU working together to combat GRAY. It may not be a new team, unless you count the robot enemies that you probably can’t play as, but a co-op mode is just the thing to refresh the aging shooter.

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The page for the update explains exactly what our old friends the mercenaries will have to accomplish in the new mode:

Mann vs. Machine is a new co-operative game for Team Fortress 2 that lets you and five friends wage a desperate battle to stop a lethal horde of robots from deploying a bomb in one of Mann Co.’s many strongholds. Take advantage of breaks between waves to upgrade your abilities and weapons. Survive all the waves in any of a variety of missions to earn incredible loot.

The robots that will surely cover many a battlefield come tomorrow are basically mechanical versions of the mercenaries. They do include some special versions, however. For instance, the Sentry Buster looks like a mine on legs that’s designed to take out sentry turrets. There will also be giant Soldiers, Heavies, and Scouts mucking about on the battlefield. A final special robot is listed as “???” on the page with a picture of tank treads. Whatever it is, it can’t be good.

Today should see more details about the mercenaries. Most likely, we’ll get a list of the items coming tomorrow, or the way the upgrades between waves will occur, or both. Until then, time to brush up on your potentially rusty Team Fortress 2 skills.

(via Team Fortress 2)

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