Valve has announced that nine Team Fortress 2 hats are to be withdrawn from sale, crate drops and crafting. According to Mann Co, a freak incident involving mayonnaise and raccoons means that current stocks of the Batter’s Helmet, Soldier’s Stash, Pyro’s Beanie, Demoman’s ‘Fro, Football Helmet, Mining Light, Prussian Pickelhaube, Trophy Belt and Fancy Fedora are gone … they’re gone forever. You have just two weeks to get hold of these historical items by any means.
What makes all this particularly interesting is that Team Fortress 2 is kind of a flagship for experimental free-to-play economies; Valve has its own on-staff economist to study the weird and wonderful things the shooter produces. What happens when a virtual item becomes rare? Should be fun to watch.