For those of you who have been wanting to play Team Fortress 2 but haven’t been willing to fork over the cash for it, here is some amazing news. Valve has turned its excellent team-based shooter Team Fortress 2 into an entirely free-to-play experience.
The game was originally one of the biggest titles Valve brought over when Steam was made compatible with the Mac, so it’s 100% OS X seaworthy — just install Steam and you’re good to get the game.
In the past details about Steam for the Mac have invaded the internet. In the past few days several interesting details have seen the daylight, among these the facts that Steam for the Mac:
Requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
Source games require 10.5.8 or 10.6.3 or higher
Will not support X3100 or 900-series Intel chipsets (the integrated graphics chipsets in older MacBooks)
You will not be required to purchase separate versions of Windows and Mac games.
One purchase will work on multiple platforms — Steam and Source will run natively in OS X — no emulation whatsoever — Source will run on OpenGL
Mac and Windows users will play on the same servers and join the same lobbies
Release expected in May.
Most of the above mentioned details are not really a surprise, since most programs today require an Intel CPU it can come as no surprise that Steam will also need Intel to run. Furthermore the fact that it needs 10.5 or higher can come as no surprise either.
Several game titles have already been announced, and games such as Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, Portal 2, and Team Fortress 2 have all been confirmed for release on OS X.
We will of course keep you up to date on any developments.