Loyal TF2 fans have uncovered a string of clues leading to cryptic codes and what not. Valve clearly is hiding something from us.
If you visit the Team Fortress website and look at the free-to-play banner, you’ll notice a couple of bloodstains on the left side. Clicking on these stains will take you to another page with the URL ‘Gray‘ and it will show you a mysterious note.
This wasn’t the only hint. Ace game detectives on NeoGAF were quick to uncover more hints and clues, including this comic which is being hosted on the TF2 site.
Fans believe that there is a possible link between the teasers and the upcoming Man vs Machine update. It is expected to include playable robots.
A comment on Kotaku by reader iamjethro explains both the ARG and how the webcomic was discovered:
Someone found out by equipping an item that was not supposed to be equippable and high fiving someone, the person you high fived would receive a secret message in the form of a joke. The jokes turned out to be hidden hex code, which then revealed nine things. Eight of them just revealed a word, but the ninth one revealed a zip with a password lock (a Keepass thing). Using the words as a PDP code list somethignsomthingsomething (I’m not exactly sure here), people found a link inside linking to [tf2.com] which turned out to be a crafting recipe in game. Crafting all the items together caused a GAME wide message, linking the comic.
Valve must try harder next time.