Here's a neat one: the bubbly mercenaries from Team Fortress 2 will be the next team to grace Robot Entertainment's insanely good strategy title Hero Academy [Free]. But you won't be able to unlock them on your iPhone or iPad unless you purchase the Steam version of the game, which is due out this coming August 8 and boasts this team as a point of sale.

How is this possible? Your Hero Academy account is cross-platform, a representative told us this morning. Any content that you've purchased on the iOS version of the title will be usable in the Steam version and vice versa.

The upcoming Steam version and our beloved iOS version will also offer cross-platform play. So, you'll be able to rock out against the entire Academy community, no matter what platform someone is on. That's pretty neat.

Just to be clear, you need to buy the PC version of Academy in order to use the Team Fortress 2 team on iPhone or iPad. We're guessing these guys are going to be a pretty popular bunch come August 8, so it might be wise to get really familiar.

  • oooooomonkey

    I enjoy hero academy but I'm not impressed at teams we won't be able to get, if they want cross platform play then we should all get the same team options.
    Well I won't be playing vs with people who have teams I can't obtain.
    And just when they were starting to get things right with the last update.

  • dcalbie

    Don't know if the article was edited after ox6monkey posted or not but it clearly says, once you buy it on steam, you can use the team fortress team on your ios device.

  • Andy Phifer

    I hope they only require you to buy it and never play it to get the team. As a Mac user, I'll never be able to actually activate the game. UGH.

    • Rhys +Last name

      Steam allows for Mac and PC use. I'm sure this game will allow you to play on either platform. If that's not the case, then you'll need to play it anyways.

  • Samer Farag

    Sweet crimeny that's awesome and has totally convinced me to get this for Steam when it comes out! 

  • KenGriffeyIII

    I really don't see my self ever playing this game on Steam though. And I play a ton of games on Steam.  I just don't see how this one is gonna work.

    • SomeRandomJerk

      My first reply was going to be "you click on things dummy!", but that is actually a good point. Im not sure why you would want to play an asynchronus game on your computer, unless they actually made it a normal sychronized game, which I would personally like.

  • SomeRandomJerk

    Yeah, the whole games featuring valve characters thing got old a long time ago.

  • Cromwell

    I would like to play with the TF2 team, but I am not willing to buy the game or the teams again on Steam only to get it. The game is cool, but I am not a cash cow...

  • Ahiru Nakamura

    this is odd "Any content that you've purchased on the iOS version of the title will be usable in the Steam version and vice versa", because I got charged twice for a team I purchased - bought on my iphone then re-downloaded on the ipod (it stated I had purchased it before, so the download would be free of charge).
    I even posted in their forums, which in any case led me to email Apple and they issued me a refund. 
    not comfortable enough to purchase anything from it again though.

  • otggamer

    I love this game and own all the teams, but I have no intention of buying the Steam version, since I just don't play games on my PC.

    I find it really disappointing that we won't be able to buy the Team Fortress team directly from our iOS copies for the usual $1.99. Hopefully Robot Entertainment will reconsider this exclusivity of content, or it'll just be for a very limited time. 🙁

    • otggamer

      Follow up question... will the game be free to play on Steam a well?

      If so, then this really makes no sense, making iOS users (who are a major reason for the game's popularity and success) jump through extra hoops just to buy another team.

  • noober suckston

    iOS version: Free
    Steam version: Paid

  • Jeremy Wright

    If we have bought all the teams on IOS, can we use them on Steam?