Classic Team Fortress: Steam Release For Fortress Forever

I always felt a little sorry for Fortress Forever [official site]. The folks behind the Source engine mod started in the long period when Valve had seemingly abandoned Team Fortress 2, with the goal of recreating Team Fortress Classic-y style class-based shooty shenanigans on a newer engine. Then Valve unexpectedly re-announced TF2, and Fortress Forever only beat it to release by one month before attention flocked to Valve’s shiny new thing.

Fortress Forever is a pretty dang different game, though, especially after years of Valve bolting new things onto TF2. If you fancy some good old-fashioned 2forting, it’s easier than ever, as the latest FF update brought it to Steam as a free standalone.

Fortress Forever is a fast, fast game, with the zippy classic-style movement full of tricks to exploit. TF2 has a few tricks, but old TF was a whole lot faster. The classes are quite different too, and objectives work differently (more flags!), so it’s quite another game. The makers cite both QuakeWorld Team Fortress and Team Fortress Classic as inspirations, but it always felt way more TFC-y to me.

Along with the switch to Steam, version 2.5.0 brought a load of other changes, and the makers have open-sourced it too.

Fortress Forever is free for everyone to play from Steam. Here, now watch this old video full of men leaping around blowing each other to pieces:


  1. FuriKuri says:

    A bittersweet blast from the past… I always regret that my time working on it was cut short, but seeing my rocket launcher & grenade launcher again at least made me smile.

    C’est la vie.

  2. Stupoider says:

    I had a lot of fun playing this in the month before TF2’s preorder beta started. Guess now’s the time to dip back into it, hopefully it won’t be too barren.

  3. Grizzly says:

    Call me new-fashioned, but I find it rather hard to appreciate fast paced movements like those showcased in the trailer in a setting without jetpacks.

  4. April March says:

    I can’t wait to jump in and listen to people compaining about all these noobs ruining the game!