Team Fortress 2 and Rift trade loot in online promotion

It's not every day that Team Fortress 2 takes part in a videogame cross-over. Just every week or so. For its latest trick, Valve has partnered with MMO developer Trion for a pre-order promotion that will see all who pre-order Rift through Steam by March 1st gifted with two unique Rift-themed melee weapons for Valve's shooter and a 'Well Spun Hat' to wear (with pride?) in Trion's upcoming MMO.

On the Team Fortress 2 side, players who pre-order Rift will receive both the Sharpened Volcano Fragment and the Sun-on-a-Stick weapons. On Trion's end, players who complete a Team Fortress 2 achievement entitled 'Riftwalker' – that is, killing a chump within five seconds of using a teleporter - will unlock a code for the aforementioned 'Well Spun Hat.'

Above: The Well Spun Hat, 200% creepier than the name implies

As Team Fortress 2 tie-ins go, this is one of the most mismatched yet. What's next? Scout items in Batman Arkham City? Hold up, we're getting a press release...

[Source: Team Fortress]

Feb 4, 2011


  • Crimmy - February 5, 2011 6:35 a.m.

    Those weapons look out of place. At least some of the other crossover items make sense and/or look natural in the game. For instance, the MNC crossover looks as if it was part of TF2/MNC because of the similar visual styles. This looks like someone tried to put a WOW weapon in there (I don't play WOW, too expensive, so I'm probably going to get hated on for what I just said).
  • NightCrawler_358 - February 5, 2011 3:16 a.m.

    i love TF2 as much as the next guy, but i usually just use the starter weapons except for maybe direct hit or backburner. seeing people run around with these expensive gadgets just makes it confusing sometimes.
  • Thorton - February 5, 2011 3 a.m.

    "No, you don't wish more games did stuff like this. TF2 is an item fustercluck,..."-FOZ. I didn't mean it in the item fustercluck, but in the cross game interactivity.
  • SecretGingerWizard - February 5, 2011 1:48 a.m.

    Sigh.... I love the concept of Valve getting/giving support through these crossovers, but now us TF2 players will have to suffer through months of people begging to trade for these weapons. Oh, and the Pyro's axe looks pretty frickin sweet
  • Hobojedi - February 5, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    "The Sharpened Volcano Fragment and the Sun-on-a-Stick will be obtainable through crafting after the Rift pre-order period ends." Good enough for me. Hopefully they are easy to craft..
  • blakebeauchamp - February 4, 2011 11:40 p.m.

    This actually made me sad, I was going to buy rift for the items since I'm not huge into RPG's and whatnot. However rift is $50 so not worth it to me, although this is great for anyone who has tf2 and was even thinking of getting rift, because now they probably will.
  • celticsfan645 - February 4, 2011 11:15 p.m.

    I also have Xbox for TF2 and to be honest, it is one of the few things in life I suck at.
  • Defguru7777 - February 4, 2011 11:09 p.m.

    This seems pretty cool, even though I don't have the PC version of TF2.
  • FOZ - February 4, 2011 11:02 p.m.

    No, you don't wish more games did stuff like this. TF2 is an item fustercluck, I can't keep track of even half the stuff that's been added in the past 2 months, and none of it is particularly interesting.
  • Thorton - February 4, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    I wish more games would do stuff like this, it would make gaming that much better

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