Fan-Made TF2 Engineer Update Is Awesome

Fan-Made TF2 Engineer Update Is Awesome

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One particularly dedicated Team Fortress 2 fan has created his own class update for the game's lovable Texan hardhat, and it's crazy cool.

Let's get one thing straight right off the bat: Valve is currently hard at work updating the Engineer class for TF2 (or rather, hard at work doing something that isn't developing Episode 3), but the official update isn't this one.

That doesn't mean it isn't really cool, though. It's the work of talented Brazilian graphics artist (and obvious TF2 fan) Diogo Lima, the same person who brought us the fake Guard Dog Update back in September.

It's pretty professional, actually - Lima's version of the Engineer Update would come with its own "tech tree" of a sort, giving the Engineer a choice of what to upgrade his buildings into. The Sentry, for instance, can become either the "Big Bertha" with higher health than normal and an added dual pipe bomb launcher (though slower fire and target tracking), or the "No-Turn," a circular turret with a 360-degree fire arc, but no rocket launcher and a high rate of ammo consumption.

Some of the other goodies Lima has dreamed up are the Amplifier, a Dispenser that increases your teammates' crit ratio while not providing extra ammunition, and the Doomsday Device, a giant electromagnet that pulls enemies in before detonating. The artistic design melds perfectly with TF2's style, the models are really cool, and the only thing that gives this away as not being official is the fact that English isn't Lima's first language. Some of the descriptions aren't as natural as they might have been (and the Engie probably wouldn't say "'tis") - but that's not any fault of his, of course.

Otherwise, I can totally see some of these in the game. Maybe Valve will take some ideas from the fan's work?

(Via Kotaku)

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Multi mode sentry is awesome.

It would be great to see these in game.

Seems good, put that in TF2, then make Episode 3 you lazy Cockabouts at valve!

Calumon: Jack's in a bad mood today, in case you haven't noticed.

"(or rather, hard at work doing something that isn't developing Episode 3)"

Didn't you say you and the team were considering banning people for making comments like that?

OT: Wheel of Fun looks.....er...fun.

And for some reason I can't access the website.

Great.

This could totally be another, more elaborate, Valve prank. I can totally see them pulling something like this.

Link isn't working for me, can some one post the pictures in this thread?

Nimbus:
This could totally be another, more elaborate, Valve prank. I can totally see them pulling something like this.

Same, then they release the engineer poodle or something to that effect so people get angry. Then the real one comes out and it will be awesome and all will be forgiven.

I'm pretty sure the Soldier's Equalizer was a fan idea, and Valve really do listen to their community, so the possibility of some of these (admittedly awesome and creative) ideas seeing the light of day isn't totally unheard of. The idea of the Engie having a tech tree alone sounds very cool and totally appropriate. Props to this guy!

dududf:
Link isn't working for me, can some one post the pictures in this thread?

same here.

EDIT: I think there's something wrong with the page, not the link. I tried fallowing the link from the article they cited and it didn't work either.

@CloggedDonkey: I doubt they'll wrath you for such a tiny infringement, so don't be of fear of mod wrath for that.
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To anyone who can SEE the pictures, can you put em in spoilers in here?

Hehe. That's dedication! I love the sentry idea though! Ultimate tool lol.

Kudos to him on this ;D

I say the brazilians will take over the world starting by Valve.
All yer base r belong to us.

It's refreshing to see someone dedicated to fan work, specially with the awesome "do eet faster" time theme we live in.

I wonder if he has submitted these ideas to the Contribute! page.

You can actually see a lot of references to his "canine unit" on the page, including the dog "sapping" one of his buildings.

Ack, a sentry that doesn't have to turn to kill? That's going to make the stab-sap move a lot harder.

Suskie:
I'm pretty sure the Soldier's Equalizer was a fan idea, and Valve really do listen to their community, so the possibility of some of these (admittedly awesome and creative) ideas seeing the light of day isn't totally unheard of. The idea of the Engie having a tech tree alone sounds very cool and totally appropriate. Props to this guy!

it was, and the two guys who came up with it were given special versions. also since valve now has the community submissions page if these were submitted i can see valve adding many of these things into the game.

in other news, the work on this is absolutely fantastic. the blueprint hub which is shown via the spys camera beard was brilliant and is something i would have expected out of valve themselves.

also, notice that there are still a few question marks on the blueprint hub so theres probably more inbound as well.

Valve is certainly known for using fan work. I wouldn't be surprised.

I'm thinking that the poor dude's webpage has crashed thanks to the traffic, because I can't view it :(

For christ sake valve, your fans are doing a better job then you. Pay this guy something, and get on with episode three.

DarkSaber:
"(or rather, hard at work doing something that isn't developing Episode 3)"

Didn't you say you and the team were considering banning people for making comments like that?

I'm assuming they meant people who posted that and nothing else. Also it seems to have been said much more light-heartedly than the people who go "UGH, NOT WORKING ON EPISODE THREE, I HAD VALVE, RAAAAGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE".

Hybridwolf:
For christ sake valve, your fans are doing a better job then you. Pay this guy something, and get on with episode three.

Like that guy

Hmm. They all sound good, but I reckon they'd need a helluva lot of tweaking before they become applicable in a balanced field. I like how he's tried to make his parody update balanced in terms of applications for offense and general support. The Engie is a support unit after all, and it would just be stupid to turn him into an offense unit; no-one would be making sentries or dispensers, just hitting the aerial sentry the whole time and rushing in.

Catkid906:
Calumon: Jack's in a bad mood today, in case you haven't noticed.

Maybe Jack should play more?

for some reason i cannot see the pics, can someone post them please as a spolier or something

Hybridwolf:
For christ sake valve, your fans are doing a better job then you. Pay this guy something, and get on with episode three.

Just because it looks cool, doesn't mean it'll be a good addition to the game.

Awe-some. As an engineer myself (Engineers! Unite!) I think these are epic. Also, the build tree idea is wicked and if something was to be taken from that.

Andronicus:
it would just be stupid to turn him into an offense unit; no-one would be making sentries or dispensers, just hitting the aerial sentry the whole time and rushing in.

I believe this is already being done with the regular sentries. I call it "The Leapfrog Tactic". It requires two engineers. The team keeps the enemy off the bridge. One engineer builds a sentry on the bridge and builds a sentry, maxes it out, then builds a dispencer, maxes that out as well. The other engineer will do the same thing at the entrance to the enemy base. They will continue moving and re-doing the steps untill the coutyard is reached.

Thats pretty sweet.
I really do need to get into some TF2. I've never played, but i've heard such great things about it. <3

Can't see it, but it will probably be the bane of spies everywhere!

Andronicus:
Hmm. They all sound good, but I reckon they'd need a helluva lot of tweaking before they become applicable in a balanced field. I like how he's tried to make his parody update balanced in terms of applications for offense and general support. The Engie is a support unit after all, and it would just be stupid to turn him into an offense unit; no-one would be making sentries or dispensers, just hitting the aerial sentry the whole time and rushing in.

Catkid906:
Calumon: Jack's in a bad mood today, in case you haven't noticed.

Maybe Jack should play more?

Calumon: Thats what I said, but then he went and took his anger out on people in Call of Doo-tee. He was really, really mad.

Surprised no one else has commented about the other updated stuff since this was posted...

Hybridwolf:
For christ sake valve, your fans are doing a better job then you. Pay this guy something, and get on with episode three.

While this guy's stuff is pretty awesome, I hardly think it would be balanced.

OMG this update is great for engy!!!

Great work from a great modder. Lovely chunkiness as well. :)

The no-turn is in my opinion the best idea of the 'update'. It actually changes how the engy's turret works quite a lot, and it looks AWESOME.

Both this Engineer update and the Guard Dog need to be in the game as soon as possible.

 

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