Valve has confirmed that subtle references to 'hill defence tactics' in a Team Fortress 2
blog post written by the Soldier yesterday is an indication that a new King of the Hill gameplay mode will be coming in the next TF2
Nor will King of the Hill
be the only addition either - there's also going to be 18 new hats added into the game for players to collect and adorn themselves with and at least one new arena map, called Offblast. The new hats will include a Viking helmet for the Soldier, an ushanka for the Heavy and a fireman's helmet for the Pyro.
The King of the Hill mode itself is fairly standard - two teams have to battle for control of a single location and whoever is the first to hold it for a total of 18 minutes wins the match and can proclaim themselves King of the Hill.
Valve hasn't yet responded to the idea that the Soldier will also be getting a class update at the same time, though it would seem to make sense given the fact that the new mode was introduced and teased by the Soldier. That, or it could be another secret Spy update
- you never can tell with those crazy Valve guys!
For those of you who haven't played Team Fortress 2
in a while we recommend you get reacquainted with the Soldier just in case. You can meet him here
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