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Rick May, voice of The Soldier in Team Fortress 2 died earlier this year and now Valve has added a small dedication to May in Team Fortress 2. After suffering a stroke, May was moved to a nursing home to recover and unfortunately catching the Covid-19 Coronavirus as announced by Rekindle School.

Right inside Team Fortress 2 you will now be able to find a tribute Valve added in. Their update note on it is short and sweet, "Added a tribute to Rick May, voice of the Soldier". That doesn't really explain the scale of the tribute itself. The main menu has been adjusted to play TAPS memorial music, with a Solider saluting and you can find various statues across different maps that plays some of May's lines when you're near.

A wonderful tribute to a talented voice actor.

Here's the rest of the update notes from May 1:

  • Fixed a client crash related to malformed custom spray files
  • Fixed an exploit where sentry guns could fire through thin walls
  • Fixed confirm dialog showing the error model for some items when using paint cans
  • Updated the Aim Assistant and Telefragger Toque to fix jigglebones issues
  • Updated the ConTracker font to fix missing characters in some languages
  • Updated/Added some tournament medals
  • Updated the localization files

Team Fortress 2 can be played free on Steam.

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herbert May 2, 2020
This company has some values. Cheers to Valve and May.
vipor29 May 2, 2020
that is so awesome i might fire up team fortress 2 just to see that
Mumrik93 May 2, 2020
One of the few gaming companies that actually gives a shit, love you Valve, you'll be missed Rick May, you've left a huge pair of shoes that most likely no one else will be able to fill!
Philadelphus May 7, 2020
I'll definitely need to fire up TF2 this month and check those out to pay my respects.

I also coincidentally just downloaded voice packs for the various mercs for XCOM 2 a week or two before this happened, time to give Soldier a suitably glorious part in retaking Earth in my current playthrough!
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