Final month, the voice behind Workforce Fortress 2‘s Soldier, Rick Could, handed away at 79, after contracting Covid-19 throughout rehabilitation from a February stroke. This week, Valve’s vibrant battlefields grew somewhat sombre, as an replace introduced official tributes to the voice actor throughout TF2’s farms, forts and preventing pits.
For some, Could might be eternally referred to as the voice behind the notorious “do a barrel roll” line in Starfox 64. However for us PC people, his voice is greatest recognised because the roaring bloodthirst of TF2’s Soldier, screaming “maggot!” from throughout gravel-pits and payload tracks. Some TF2 gamers have already despatched off the Soldier with their very own farewells, together with a 21-gun salute atop the bridge on 2fort.
This week, Valve paid official respects to Could with a small sport replace that, nestled quietly amongst minor bug and exploit fixes, included “a tribute” to the Soldier voice actor. Valve’s tribute takes the type of statues dotted throughout what looks like all of the official maps, notably together with rocket-jump playgrounds Hightower and Doublecross. The bronze statues present the Soldier saluting, with a plaque studying “Rick Could 1940-2020 – That was a hell of a marketing campaign, son”.
That statue will sometimes play one of many Soldier’s in-game taunts and voice clips. For my cash, although, none of them holds a candle to the easy class of Could’s greatest line within the function: “I’ve achieved nothing however teleport bread for 3 days”. The sport’s title display screen has additionally been up to date with a brand new piece of music – a Workforce Fortress-inspired tackle remembrance staple The Final Submit.
It’s onerous to say that Could’s been immortalised in Workforce Fortress 2. On relaunching the sport to take a display screen after publishing, a information splash knowledgeable that the tributes will solely final for the month of Could. But it surely’s a hell of a gesture for one among our medium’s most definitive voices.