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The Polycount Pack was a contest by Valve and the modeling community Polycount to develop new community item packs to be introduced into Team Fortress 2. These items would be brand-new models with unique stats once added to the game, but had to be designed to replace items that already existed. The contest winners were announced on July 15, 2010, and the items were added in the Mann-Conomy Update.
In addition to the five winning packs, Valve confirmed that several other packs were of high enough quality to be in-game, and may be added in later updates. According to PC Gamer, a 6th pack was supposed to be included, along with a new gamemode as a bonus. They were both cut from the update due to time constraints, but were later added in the Australian Christmas update along with two other packs. It was also hinted in a blog post that Valve were working on a new training map for a class, similar to the Soldier's training map released with the Mac Update, but this did not happen until the Hatless Update on April 14, 2011 in which a training course was added for the Demoman, the Engineer, and the Spy. Three more packs were added as part of the Über Update.
The five Polycount sets make up the first five item sets. Wearing all items of a given set, including the hat, will confer a bonus. The packs added in the Australian Christmas update, on the other hand, do not require their respective hats for their set bonuses, while the packs from the Über Update and beyond have no set bonuses at all.
The Special Delivery
The Tank Buster
The Gas Jockey's Gear
The Croc-O-Style Kit
- Ol' Snaggletooth (Hat)
- Sydney Sleeper (Primary)
- Darwin's Danger Shield (Secondary)
- Bushwacka (Melee)
The Saharan Spy
Australian Christmas Packs
The Expert's Ordnance
The Hibernating Bear
The Medi-eval Medic
Über Update Packs
Lawrence of Australia
The #1 Fan
- Jumper's Jeepcap (Hat)
- Liberty Launcher (Primary)
- Reserve Shooter (Secondary)
- Market Gardener (Melee)
- The original melee weapon for the 'Special Delivery' pack was a bat with nails, similar to the Boston Basher, called the 'Nail Biter' as seen here.
- Another melee weapon designed but never included was an crocodile tooth-studded aboriginal club for the 'Croc-o-Style Kit' pack.
- The pack of darts included with the Sydney Sleeper was intended to be a miscellaneous item.
- The Peyote Cactus was originally intended to go with the Hibernating Bear set instead of the Buffalo Steak Sandvich.
- The Honcho's Headgear, Jag, Prairie Heel Biters, and Backwards Ballcap were once part of the 'World War II Pack', 'Jag', 'Bigger is Better', and 'Suburban Scout' packs respectively, but only the single items were added from the pack.
- ↑ http://www.polycount.com/forum/showthread.php?t=74543
- ↑ http://www.polycount.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1161830&postcount=202
- ↑ http://www.polycount.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1149510&postcount=132