It's been made official today. Valve Software's smash hit, Team Fortress 2, has gone free to play. Originally released in 2007, the game has received more than 200 updates. The community around the game is still going strong, and this will hopefully add more players to the mix. Something that influenced Valve's decision in all of this has been the success of the Mann Co. Store within the game. This allows you to pay actual money for items within the game. None of it is necessary since you can be randomly awarded the items, or even craft them yourself. You can choose to pay if you don't have the time or the patience.
Along with the announcement of going free to play, the Uber Update dropped. This brought new items for the Medic, Heavy, Scout, Spy, Demo, Sniper, Soldier, and Pyro. Some classes got more love than others (and one completely skipped. Poor Engineer.).
I strongly encourage anyone who hasn't played TF2, to give it a shot. All it will take now is a little patience for the download, and the creation of a free Steam account.