First there was Huttball in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Then there was Rocket League. And now, Valve is getting into the goal-scoring game with a new mode in Team Fortress 2 called PASS Time.

Scratch that — it’s not just Valve doing this, but a collaboration with Bad Robot Productions, JJ Abrams’ production studio, responsible for Lost, Alias, and the new Star Trek and Star Wars movies, among others; and Escalation Studios, which tried its hand a the e-sports biz a few years ago with a game called Severity. You can read about how all these diverse companies came together on the Team Fortress 2 page.

But what about the new game mode itself? In PASS Time, players can pick up the “jack,” a.k.a. ball, which replaces their main weapon and run, shoot, and pass it down the field in the attempt to put it in the opponent’s goal. Speed boosts and jump pads add to the action, and if the match ends in a time, “that’s when true Sudden Death kicks in.”

PASS Time is currently in beta, and Bad Robot has expressed excitement at being able to develop a product with the input of fans, as opposed to how movie production usually goes. Give the new mode a try and let them know what you think!

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. KilledOften on August 21, 2015

    Halo had a team based ball game, what was it called?

  2. rogKardy on August 19, 2015

    holy shit this game mode look fun , as beta.

    because many new so called ‘fast paced’ shooter already. Time to give it a bit more variation than just shoot to kill or cash grab paywall skins skins booster and bullshitery garbage on market.

    but hard to find server in asia. dammit.

  3. Jafarson on August 19, 2015

    valve can blow this game, cause “o v e r w a t ch” is comming!!!!!!!!!!!! f u c k that wardrobe simulator s h i t – s u c k t r e s s

    • Pleb on August 20, 2015

      It’s not a wardrobe simulator, it’s just a game with lots of cosmetics. Just to increase your knowledge.