Team Fortress 2 Classic - a mod inspired by old-school TF2 - is available for players to download now.
Developed by Eminoma, Team Fortress 2 Classic aims to reclaim the joy of 2008-2009 Team Fortress 2. The devs recently announced its official launch on Twitter, and published a corresponding blog post that expands on what to expect in a bit more detail.
The final day! Day 4 of The Death & Taxes Update, the official release of Team Fortress 2 Classic, is now live!— TF2Classic (@tf2classic) July 4, 2020
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"The final day!" reads the tweet. "Day 4 of The Death & Taxes Update, the official release of Team Fortress 2 Classic, is now live!"
The blog post offers more clarity - "The moment you've all been dying for... or, will die for..."
"The Release of Team Fortress 2 Classic, and the brand new update to ship with it, The Death & Taxes Update! It's finally here, and now we can let you use all those shiny new weapons and kill each other on all the brand new maps introduced in this update, all the maps returning from the past, as well as a handful from Live TF2!"
The mod description included in the blog post states that, "Team Fortress 2 Classic is a re-imagining of the 2008-2009 era of the original Team Fortress 2, of which is what we consider the 'Classic Era,' featuring old features that were scrapped and worked upon, or new content such as new weapons and game modes."
"Such game modes consist of original core TF2 game modes ranging from Capture the Flag to Special Delivery, our own additions such as VIP and Domination, or even the addition for two new teams in several existing modes."
The post also mentions that there are several weapons being ported from live Team Fortress 2, so players will have some familiar equipment to work with.