Main menu

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The main menu of Team Fortress 2 after the Mann vs. Machine Update.
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The main menu is the opening screen of Team Fortress 2. Upon the initial opening of the game's menu, one of the soundtrack songs will play, but it will not loop or play again until the game is restarted. The main menu can also be opened while connected to a server (the default key to open the menu is Esc).

There are four possible map backgrounds and selection of possible class images depending upon active Holidays or special Updates.

Main menu button appearances and functions

Update history

September 20, 2007 Patch
  • Disabled the loading of background maps.

September 21, 2007 Patch

  • Removed background map due to incompatibilities.

October 2, 2007 Patch

  • Added "Very High" texture resolution option.
  • Fixed non-English language text overlapping in a few places.
  • Extra options added to 'Game' tab in "Create Server" menu option.

October 9, 2007 Patch

  • Fixed loading screen and intro movie showing up on Windows Vista with full screen AA.

November 15, 2007 Patch

January 7, 2008 Patch

  • Added an option in the Options -> Multiplayer dialog to filter custom game files being downloaded from servers.

January 14, 2008 Patch

  • Added new option for Medi Gun beam to the Multiplayer->Advanced dialog. If on, the Medi Gun beam will stay attached to the current target without the need to hold down the fire button.
  • Added new option for the Sniper Rifle to the Multiplayer->Advanced dialog. If disabled, the Sniper Rifle won't re-zoom after firing a zoomed shot.

January 25, 2008 Patch

  • Added an option to auto-save a scoreboard screenshot at the end of a map to the Multiplayer->Advanced dialog.
  • Removed the "Reset Stats" button from the Player Stats screen.

February 15, 2008 Patch

  • Fixed stat records sometimes being attributed to the wrong class.

February 19, 2008 Patch

  • Fixed Badlands exploits and missing textures.

April 1, 2008 Patch

  • Fixed a few instances of truncated text in the menus and dialogs for languages other than English.

April 29, 2008 Patch (Gold Rush Update)

  • Added Character Info and Loadout to the main menu.

December 17, 2009 Patch (WAR! Update)

July 8, 2010 Patch (Engineer Update)

  • Added Engineer main menu music.

July 13, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Changed the song 'More Gun' to be different from Wilco's 'Someone Else's Song'.

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

  • Added the Mann Co. Store & Catalog.
  • Server browser tweaks.
    • It will now encourage you to add servers to Favorites or Blacklists after you have a good/bad experience on them.
    • The Server Browser now automatically closes after successfully connecting to a server (opt-out via the Options-Multiplayer->Advanced dialog).
  • [Undocumented] Removed the "class advisor" and class records from the top-right corner of the main menu.

October 27, 2010 Patch (Scream Fortress Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added game start up music "gamestartup_halloween".

April 14, 2011 Patch (Hatless Update)

  • Updated the main menu to include 'resume game', 'call a vote' and 'request coach' selections.
  • Menu background is now transparent when connected to a server.
  • The Mann Co. Store featured item is no longer viewable in the menu unless the player selects the store button specifically.

May 5, 2011 Patch (Replay Update)

  • Added the Replay feature to the menu.
  • [Undocumented] Added the Saxxy 2011 Theme.

May 6, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a client crashed caused by using custom main menu resource files.

May 9, 2011 Patch

  • Saxxy fanfare music wasn't playing on music channel. Music will only play once per launch now and will not play on a changelevel.

May 18, 2011 Patch

  • Added an Advanced Options button to the main menu to allow tweaking of many gameplay options.

May 19, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a rare case where users running Service Pack 3 on Windows 7 64-bit with graphics driver version 12.42 saw a graphical glitch on the main menu Options button.

May 31, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed the main menu showing through the shopping cart menu when running at 2500x1600.

June 8, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Removed the Saxxy Awards promotion on the main menu.

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • The Main menu now has a "Start Playing" option which presents users with various game modes to choose from. Once selected, the game matches the player into the best available server for that mode.
  • [Undocumented] Updated the main menu.

July 18, 2011 Patch

July 29, 2011 Patch

August 2, 2011 Patch

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

October 20, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Halloween Special main menu background.

October 27, 2011 Patch (Very Scary Halloween Special)

  • [Undocumented] Added Halloween themed Class main menu images.

November 10, 2011 Patch

  • Added a full moon background for the main menu.

December 15, 2011 Patch (Australian Christmas 2011)

  • [Undocumented] Added Australian Christmas themed Class main menu images.

May 3, 2012 Patch

  • Updated the main menu message notification system.

May 10, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed a client crash when using custom main menu .res files .

August 15, 2012 Patch (Mann vs. Machine)

  • [Undocumented] Added two startup music tracks from the Mann vs. Machine Trailer, The Calm and ROBOTS!.
  • [Undocumented] Add 'Play Co-op' button to the menu.
  • [Undocumented] Changed 'Start Playing' to 'Play Multiplayer'.
  • [Undocumented] Added Mannworks menu backgrounds.
  • [Undocumented] Added Heavy Robot class menu images.

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added back pre-Mann vs. Machine backgrounds and background music to the main menu.
  • [Undocumented] Added all robot backgrounds (not only Heavy Robot) to the main menu.

November 2, 2012 Patch

  • Added zombie character images and a Halloween background for the main menu.

December 7, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed a client crash related to the main menu.

October 29, 2013 Patch (Scream Fortress 2013)

  • [Undocumented] Added Halloween 2013 classes portraits and background.

June 19, 2014 Patch

  • Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date

July 8, 2014 Patch

  • Added Mann Co. Beta Maps - Early Access program.
    • Beta maps can be accessed via the quickplay menu by clicking the Play Beta Maps option.
  • Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date.

October 1, 2014 Patch

  • When you mute a player, the mute settings now apply to text chat as well as voice chat. If you want the previous behavior, change convar cl_mute_all_comms to 0.

October 29, 2014 Patch (Scream Fortress 2014)

  • [Undocumented] Added new main menu background.

November 4, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added new main menu classes.

December 8, 2014 Patch (End of the Line Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added a new main menu background and class.

December 10, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed a client crash related to the main menu.


Main menu backgrounds

Main backgrounds

Halloween events backgrounds

Special events backgrounds


All possible class images that appear on the main menu are shown below. When the main menu is rendered one of the images is picked. Certain class images will only appear at certain times.

The "default" class portraits can appear at anytime, unless overridden by a holiday.

Update-specific class images

Class portraits from the Manniversary Update & Sale on October 13, 2011 Patch, they can appear at anytime, unless overridden by a holiday.

Class images from the Very Scary Halloween Special on October 27 until November 6, 2011. These class images will only show during Halloween or a Full Moon.

Class images from Australian Christmas 2011 on December 15 and will only show during Winter.

Robot class images from the Mann vs. Machine update on August 15, 2012 Patch and September 4, 2012 Patch and can appear at anytime, unless overridden by a holiday.

Class images from the Spectral Halloween Special on October 26 until November 9, 2012. These class images will only show during Halloween or a Full Moon.

Class images from the Scream Fortress 2013 on October 29. These class images will only show during Halloween or a Full Moon.

Class images from the Scream Fortress 2014 on November 4. These class images will only show during Halloween or a Full Moon.

Unused content

Content added to the game that has remained unused.

See also