Part of the advertising for Team Fortress 2 included the use of promotional images, many of which were derived from pre-release iterations of the game, thus reflecting differences such as the roofless bridge version of 2Fort. These images often reflect outdated and older designs of characters, maps, and weapons, as well as gameplay concepts.
The images from the pre-release version of the current iteration of Team Fortress 2 were usually sourced from in-game screenshots or screen captures taken from Trailer 2 and Meet the Heavy. Because of how prominent many of these images were, they are still used on some websites when referencing the game. For example, the Steam TF2 stats page still uses the original group photo, as seen to the upper-right, to represent the game.
TF2 Pre-release Gallery
A Heavy firing his Minigun in front of the RED base in 2Fort. Note the older muzzle flash design and the gloveless Heavy.
A Soldier rocket jumping in 2Fort with a BLU Heavy and RED Soldier fighting in the background.
A Medic healing a Heavy in 2Fort.
The same nest, but with a Level 3 Sentry Gun.
A Pyro fighting a Soldier on a control point in Hydro.
An ÜberCharged Pyro and Medic assault a Heavy.
RED team in Dustbowl.
TF2 Promotional Video Gallery
The Heavy firing his gun in Dustbowl.
Another shot of the BLU building with the Heavy firing.
A RED Sniper taking aim.
Same shot but with the Spy un-cloaked completely.
The Dynamite sticks begin to explode killing the RED Engineer.
TF2 Post-release gallery
Heavy and Medic in Viaduct.
The Heavy, from the Mac Update.
Level 1 Sentry and Portal turret, from the Mac Update.
A RED Heavy and Pyro wearing Max's Severed Head.
The Soldier wearing his Lumbricus Lid and wielding the Holy Hand Grenades.
The Soldier and the Engineer wearing hats from the April 7, 2011 Patch.
TFC Pre-release Gallery
TF2: Brotherhood of Arms Gallery
Button from Sierra's Valve's Team Fortress and Homeworld previews.
- The Pyro does not have a hose attached to his Flamethrower in any of the current iteration pre-release screenshots.
- Many of these images appear in the TF2 background when selected in the Steam games menu, though if one has taken screenshots in-game and uploaded them to their Steam profile, these screenshots may appear as background more frequently.
- The Brotherhood of Arms pictures represent several stages of design before the entire game was scrapped.
- The promotional filename for Meet the Heavy was