Portal 2 opening February 9

Sequel to Valve's mind-bending PS3, PC, and Xbox 360 action-platformer will arrive before Valentine's Day next year; <i>The Office</i>'s Stephen Merchant to voice British robot.

This year's Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, has seen a bevy of major announcements, including new PlayStation 3 configurations, Mass Effect 2 for the PS3, Resistance 3, a new Ratchet & Clank game, and Dragon Age 2's launch date--March 8, 2011. The game had originally been set for a fourth quarter 2010 release but was pushed back in June.

Next February will see more companion-cube action.

Nearly one month before that, another highly anticipated, Electronic Arts-published title will hit the market. Valve Software has confirmed to GameSpot that Portal 2 will launch on February 9, 2011. The game is in development for the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and--as was revealed in a shock Electronic Entertainment Expo announcement in June--and the PlayStation 3. Valve announced all four versions are being released simultaneously.

Portal 2 follows the events of the first Portal, which saw gamers taking on the role of a human lab rat, Chell, who used 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.

[SPOILER ALERT]

In Portal 2, both Chell and GLaDOS return to Aperture after the company was destroyed. As outlined in GameSpot's E3 preview, the game will introduce a new character, the British robot Wheatley. Valve also confirmed that Stephen Merchant, the cowriter of the British version of the Office and costar of Extras, will voice the polite android. The game was demonstrated at E3 (see below) with a different voice actor reciting Wheatley's lines.

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Ghost_702
Ghost_702

Portal is one of the most original games I have ever seen. The first was ridiculously fun to play and I can't wait for the second.

kamikaze_pigmy
kamikaze_pigmy

@Xenon2001 I'm sure that wasn't there when I read it the first time. :? :lol: Still, that's good, then :)

Xenon2001
Xenon2001

@kamikaze_pigmy "The game is in development for the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and--as was revealed in a shock Electronic Entertainment Expo announcement in June--and the PlayStation 3"

Xenon2001
Xenon2001

@TenraiSenshi Multiplayer co-op with 4 portals has been confirmed in the newest trailers, and a bevy of new gameplay features would point towards a longer game.

kingsi7e
kingsi7e

Yeah, where is the new half-life (I don't care if it is e3 or hl3)?

Ezio66
Ezio66

hmmm this the for winter

MrBubblezz
MrBubblezz

Can anyone tell me what hitomo said in English? Besides the fact that the game is "generic" which is the most retarded thing ive ever heard. I agree with DanieIL5583.

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

Whoever bought the bought the Orange Box is a little late to the game, but its better to be late than never :)

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

The first Portal was great, just very short. Hopefully, they make this one a lot longer. It would also be cool if they had a co-op mode where certain puzzles could only be passed with two players (I.E. four portals at a given time could be opened) or even a head to head competitive mode. O_o

11231989
11231989

I don't know anything about portal or valve games except counterstrike on pc

okami5436
okami5436

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DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@hitomo How is Portal a 'generic' game? Name one other game that has a gun that creates portals to complete complex puzzles.

Kezman118
Kezman118

Its like a Renaissance of PC gaming in 2011 with all these great games. Portal 2, Rage, Crysis 2. Cant wait to jump through portals again. "In laymen terms, speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out."

Dante20XX
Dante20XX

and lol @ hitomo Yes dude, Portal is extremely generic and has nothing going for it at all. Very, very bland, right? That's why all reviews and the media say so... oh wait, lol.

Dante20XX
Dante20XX

Wow people are saying the VA for Wheatley is different? Dammit! I knew he sounded different from the last time I watched a Portal 2 trailer (over a month ago at least). *sigh* I loved his old voice.

aashapa
aashapa

You euthenized your companion cube faster than any other test subject

Caldziee
Caldziee

lookinf forward to this one played the orange box and this had me going for ages! just remeber the cake is a lie!!!...

hitomo
hitomo

Reason for moderation: Not completely obscuring offensive/banned words ha, lol ^^ no, Kane&Lynch 2 is an inovative title and you see how it is treated by the masses ... Portal 2 is just as generic as it gets, of course you cant notice this because they know how to do there jobs, do you think it takes any effort to make something like Portal2? ... it takes as much effort as playing it ... the puzzles are self-resolving and the rest is just a ride with no substance ...

Sheegot
Sheegot

@LozzyRoxx Why do I ****** hate Wheatly? Because he constantly utter lame, LAME jokes, the voice actor (and I have nothing against the accent) sounds so unbelievable. It feels like I'm listening to a childrens puppet show. The animations for the eye adds to the effect. By the way my old comment got moderated, once again proving that i'm growing out of gamespot. "Reason for moderation: Not completely obscuring offensive/banned words" I wonder if this post will cost me points as well.

Giorgio879
Giorgio879

Still no news of Half Life 2 Episode 3? It could be so awesome if Valve released a bundle of Portal 2 and Episode 3, seriously, after the Orange Box, paying retail price for many games felt like rip-off.

Bishmanrock
Bishmanrock

Gutted the voice has been replaced, as he sounded exactly like me before :(

FrumpyShakes
FrumpyShakes

Really disapointed the original voice of Wheatley won't be in the game. From what I heard, people complained that they couldn't understand what he was saying because his accent was too think(?) That's not a shame, that's just lame. I liked the thick accent, it had a distinct character, kind of reminded me of the old playstation Tomb Raider games that were really British.

Halcalix
Halcalix

@Halcalix I know!!!! How can anyone hate him?!?

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

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MasterBolt360
MasterBolt360

I sure hope they make more Black Mesa jokes! :P

SuperMegaMaster
SuperMegaMaster

Great news!!! but i'm waiting for another Half Life... :)

LozzyRoxx
LozzyRoxx

@Sheegot Take that back! Wheatley's amazing :cry: But seriously, why do you hate him?

Ninja-Hippo
Ninja-Hippo

Awesome news. Glad to hear they're replacing the voice acting in the trailer too. It wasn't very good, but Steve Merchant will fix that. :D

mattchat1022
mattchat1022

@ Jedilink109 They want to build up suspense with a great game before they build up even great game. :P

Daian
Daian

"But i think we can put our differences behind us, for science...you monster" :))

Tehspartan333
Tehspartan333

@hitomo. Portal is original as hell, and they're using an updated Source engine. What's the problem? It's far more innovative than "Call of doody"

kamikaze_pigmy
kamikaze_pigmy

If I had a calendar, this would be going on it. :P Also, I thought Valve were supposed to be backing the PS3, so why is there a 360 version and not a PS3 versio? Seems a bit wierd. Still, it doesn't effect me.

trixx666
trixx666

SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

And you KNOW that after Portal 2 comes out they'll be all about HL2: Ep3. The fans will storm the streets in a rage if they didn't, haha.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I kinda like the voice actor they had actually. I just hope Merchant does well. :) I'm sure he will. I am psyched as can possibly be about this game....

hitomo
hitomo

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Sheegot
Sheegot

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FLYEboi50
FLYEboi50

Hello Valve. This game is probably going to take a looong time...You always say a lot of things you regret, but I think we can put our differences behind us, for science...you monsters.

TJORLY
TJORLY

So, going by Valve time it'll actually be released in May, at the earliest.

Maxynator
Maxynator

@ AyzZai ITS FUNNY CAUSE ITS REFERENCE TO FIRST GAME HAHAHA