Portal 2 closed until 2011

Valve delays black-humored first-person puzzler to next year on Xbox 360, PC, citing "public safety concerns"; E3 surprise planned.

Valve may have announced Portal 2 only a few brief months ago, but the game's development has apparently already run afoul of some evil machination in the Aperture Science laboratories. Today, the Seattle-area studio announced that its follow-up to 2007's award-winning Portal has been bumped to 2011 on the Xbox 360 and PC. The game had previously been scheduled to arrive this fall.

The companion cube just wants a little company…

According to the studio, Portal 2's delay came about as part of "the successful completion of an ethics-review-panel-supervised release date restructuring process," and "public safety concerns factored into the decision." Valve also noted that "the game will be even better" as a result of the push.

Of course, the studio's tone echoes that of the aseptic evil pervading the first Portal game. Valve's original first-person puzzler saw gamers taking on the role of a human lab rat, using a portal gun to create interdimensional openings on ceilings, walls, and floors in an effort to escape the Aperture Science labs. Along the way, players were guided through the diabolical tests by the deceptively sincere, yet altogether sadistic, artificial intelligence known as GLaDOS.

Valve has offered little information on what gamers can expect from Portal 2. According to a GameStop product listing, the puzzler will offer single- and multiplayer co-op modes, as well as "a cast of dynamic new characters, a host of fresh puzzle elements, and a much larger set of devious test chambers." Portal 2 will also feature the return of GLaDOS, as well as include new areas of the Aperture Science labs.

Previously, Valve has said that a Portal 2 "surprise" is planned for this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. This year's show descends upon the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 14-17, and GameSpot will be on hand to provide the latest updates from the show.

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DarkAngeles
DarkAngeles

@sithodah The surprise was that Portal 2 will come to the PlayStation 3, along with Steamworks support. In other words, a dissapointtment to PC owners and a shot in the head to Xbox 360 owners.

sithodah
sithodah

Does anyone know the surprise? My guess was either source 2.0, some kind of "high five" for the guys who made black mesa source, or something we would never expect. Please god make it nothing on the kinect, PS move, wii, or ANY portable consoles. And suicide and/or violent rampage will happen if they announce left 4 dead 3, or left 4 dead 2: episode 1, whatever.

Thatguythatuno
Thatguythatuno

@BasicLogic What I basicly mean is that i want something differnt like using the portal gun in a real area not just in a teast lab. This series has poteintail to be alot more than it already is (not saying its bad or anything)

BasicLogic
BasicLogic

@Thatguythatuno I can't see how they are going to do that but I hope so too.

PCFreakPC
PCFreakPC

They will be continuing the story of "Gordon and the combine!", just at a later date... episode 3 is going to be released at a date that is to still be announced...

9SEPHIROTH9
9SEPHIROTH9

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9SEPHIROTH9
9SEPHIROTH9

What has happened to Gordon ? The Greatest phycicist ? The Game-Spots greatest game hero ? Why hasn't Valve continuing the story of Dr.Breen ? The Story of Alyx ? And the avenging for Eli Vance ?

bananaxx2
bananaxx2

@raz12121991 shuuuuut up!! the cake is real!!!! T.T how cruel is this world!!

Blazing_Scorch
Blazing_Scorch

I've got an even bigger question. WHERE THE HELL ARE OUR TEAM FORTRESS 2 UPDATES FOR THE X BOX?? SERIOUSLY VALVE YOU GUYS ARE 3 YEARS OVERDUE!

Dragon5-1
Dragon5-1

I like Portal as much as everyone else here, but I think I still have one really big question for Valve here: WHERE THE HELL IS HALF-LIFE 2 EPISODE THREE?!?!

Jas0n94
Jas0n94

@ Thatguythatuno: Everybody I know and played Left 4 Dead said that was awesome. I have never heard bad comments about it. And even if you are right, all the other games of Valve were almost perfect, at least flawless.

Thatguythatuno
Thatguythatuno

@BasicLogic idk dude alot of people seemed to be let down by l4d 2. All i ask for in this though is something differnt and more story driven. Not just some lame copy with new levels and slitely better graphics thats more like an expasion pack thats sold at full retaile price.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

The first game was waaay too short and limited. I loved the game but I dont want the same thing with different maps this time.

BasicLogic
BasicLogic

Valve has never let anyone down. Their games have always been amazing because they have made us wait. This is the hard part.

Jas0n94
Jas0n94

I am curious about if the people in Valve are actually working on these games. It's been 2 years since the Episode 2 release and now they postponed Portal 2 as well... I hope it's worth waiting... It had better be worth...

lamprey263
lamprey263

I imagine because the new Source engine is in the works still, good news though that if this is on schedule for next year it might also be around the same time they release HL2: Episode 3.

gingergamer
gingergamer

Perhaps a new source game is in the works? Or are they still working on the new engine? But they have always had this approach to developing so I doubt this will be the last delay

lendrahcir
lendrahcir

If it's to work on HL2: Episode 3 then I'll be very happy.

2x4b96123
2x4b96123

This better not be the 'surprise ' -.-

Ikavnieks
Ikavnieks

@UxoriousLimited Lol, isn't that hard to save up for a game.

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

@GabrielOnuris Point taken I guess, for some games at least. But designed for co-op with a herrrpdurrp AI trailing you is different from the option for another player to hop in, i hope it's number 2.

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

@Terran499 Actually, that's probably the best delay excuse ever. Beats the hell out of "undisclosed reasons" or any lame excuse that's plagued the release of games like Gran Turismo 5. I like that they delivered an excuse the way GLaDOS would. It'll be worth the wait. Cheers.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

@spOOoOOn How can you hate an *OPTION* to play a singleplayer game with a friend? Because nowadays everytime someone think of making a co-op feature, the people involved on the development spend a lot more time on it than on the single-player/game story, making those big fail co-op games that you can't have the same fun playing alone, once the partner AI is as dumb as possible. Imagine a Portal 2 as good as Lost Planet 2...

cornerback3
cornerback3

public safety concerns? would they care to elaborate?

Peaches1347
Peaches1347

Typical Valve announce a game and then delay, delay, delay.

Darkclaw007
Darkclaw007

Terran499: Have you even played Portal? Everyone else knows that's not a 'real' excuse... it's a GLaDOS-ism.

Terran499
Terran499

wow thats the lamest delay excus i've ever seen. delayed because of public safety. wtf

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

I swear if Gabe decides to make Left4Dead 3 and not HL2: Ep3 I will personally find him and hit him with a crowbar...... or write an anrgy e-mail

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

How can you hate an *OPTION* to play a singleplayer game with a friend? Gotta agree though they could put their efforts into something people actually are looking forward toEPISODE3OMGVALVEWHATAREYOUPEOPLEDOINGTOME?

Darkclaw007
Darkclaw007

I really hope they announce a PS3 release for Portal 2 at E3. I would be pretty bummed if I couldn't play this awesome game.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

Oooh no; another "single turned into co-op" game; EVERYTHING nowadays is going co-op, jeez, I hate this feature.

Superdude475
Superdude475

It's Valve so this doesn't surprise me, however that doesn't mean I'm not mad. The release date is a lie!

DuncanM908
DuncanM908

At least there's no more Left 4 Dead in the foreseeable future, that's a plus. I can wait.

fadersdream
fadersdream

Valve isn't the small company that everyone used to love anymore. It's a corporation and that brings about all those standard good and bad conditions.

UxoriousLimited
UxoriousLimited

OFFICIAL APERTURE SCIENE APOLOGY LETTER: "Dear Subject Name Here, Aperture Science is pleased to inform you that we have partnered with Valve to announce the gala CANCELLATION of the June 14 Portal 2 event at the Regal Theater. The event will be replaced by a surprise. And even though the cancellation of the event certainly counts as a surprise, we are pleased to further announce that the cancellation of the event is not THE surprise. However, per International treaties regarding the definition of the word “surprise”, of which both Aperture Science and Valve are signatories, the time, date and content of the actual surprise will only become available as you experience the surprise.If you’d like to ask fruitless questions about the E3 Portal 2 surprise or, more fruitfully, schedule an appointment to attend a Portal 2 screening at the Valve booth during E3, please contact Valve’s Special Envoy to Surprises, Doug Lombardi. Thank you for [ ] PS: The surprising record scratch is also not the surprise.No, we don’t know either. Those wacky funsters. As soon as Valve gives us some details, we’ll pass them on." Not sure where this is from, feedback?

Killer2401
Killer2401

wut. It's bad enough that Half-Life 2 Episode 3 is nowhere in sight, but to push this game back into 2011 makes me very mad at Valve.

UxoriousLimited
UxoriousLimited

@Ikavnieks That was a joke...ha ha... fat chance But seriously I'm pissed. I was so looking foward for it for ma b-day but now I'm gonna have to probably with my own money along with Gears of War 3. I hope there's about a month diff in release to save up. Could save up now but that's no fun....

comb5
comb5

NO NO NO. There's a game that can be taken off my list of things to look forward to this year.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i loved the first portal so defo looking forward to playing portal 2. ok i will have to wait till next year but delays are nothing new from valve lol. to be honest i would rather the delay and it be good than them rush it and be crap.

Retrohelix90
Retrohelix90

Microsoft's press conference starts in 2356 days???!!!!!! WTF gamespot!

bsnimunf
bsnimunf

@kfoss... I thinks its suppose to sound like a phrase that would be used in the game i.e a delay for the testing of the gun. The games simply been delayed and the "phrase" is just a bit of clever marketing

Ikavnieks
Ikavnieks

@criegz Valve aren't working on Black Mesa Source, a group of modders are I believe.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Valve delay a game? Seriously? That has never happened before. I'm so shocked.