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Team Fortress 2 game to be free 'forever'

The game's developer, Valve, will continue to make money off the title by selling virtual goods within the game.

Team Fortress 2 has gone free, and it's staying that way forever.

Valve, the game's developer, announced the news on its Web site yesterday. The company said that users can play as much of the game as they'd like for as long as they like at no charge.

Team Fortress 2 was first released in 2007. The game is an online action title, allowing users to form teams and take on other players. It is also one of the most critically acclaimed games ever released, earning a score of 92 out of 100 on CNET sister site Metacritic.

Since its release, Team Fortress 2 has been a major success. The game is played by a devoted group of fans that spend hours at a time playing it. It's currently the most popular game on Steam with more than 54,000 people playing the game at the time of this writing.

In order to play Team Fortress 2, gamers will need to access the free-to-play title on Valve's Steam digital-game-distribution service. It's available on both PC and Mac.

Valve hasn't entirely given up on cashing in on Team Fortress 2. According to the company, gamers can buy virtual goods in-game to improve their gameplay experience.