Portal 2 sells 4 million - Report

Sales of Valve's puzzle game sequel now roughly on par with original; Perpetual Testing Initiative DLC now available for PC.

Portal 2 has sold 4 million copies since its release in April 2011, Valve's David Sawyer told NeoGamr in an interview published today. Sales of that caliber put the sequel roughly on par with the original Portal, which sold nearly 4 million copies, not including Steam units.

Portal 2 has now puzzled 4 million gamers.

It wasn't made clear if this tally represents sales across all platforms, and Valve has not responded to GameSpot's request for comment as of press time.

Available today for PC copies of Portal 2 is the Perpetual Testing Initiative level editor. The tool allows players to create, share, and download Portal 2 levels. Players can publish their creations to the Steam Workshop, where users can browse, vote on, and select other levels to try out.

The Perpetual Testing Initiative DLC has not been announced for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Portal 2. For more on the title, check out GameSpot's review of Portal 2.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Virtua_Souls
Virtua_Souls

Good! Such an amazing game deserves awesome sales.

Maelsthur
Maelsthur

Portal 2 and skyrim, the best of 2011 =)

Exquisite
Exquisite

Wow, some of the new levels are HAAARD

benleslie5
benleslie5

Bought the game 2 weeks ago and totally enjoyed it every moment

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

hmm I just thought, maybe they're not counting the Steam sales since they offered Portal for free a few times before so its hard to tell who bought it and who got it on the promotion at that time.

FaYt2021
FaYt2021

A quality product from a quality company. Free DLC plus the game is on sale right now for less than $7. Only a damn fool would pass that up.

CiLKy
CiLKy

Bought this game the day it came out. Loved every minute of it. Great game.

joeisnub
joeisnub

The game was freaking awesome, i'm not surprised!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Very fun game, wish the single player was longer but great non the less 

DoubleclickTF
DoubleclickTF

"Not including Steam units"! I find it incredible that we still only count boxed sales from retail outlets. There's a strong possibility that Portal 1's Steam sales outstripped even the physical retail figures, and if not then it's got to be a pretty significant proportion of the overall tally.

franzito
franzito

The only sin of Portal 2 is being too short...

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Well done Portal 2. It's a great game and deserves every achievement it earns. I only wish Perpetual Testing Initiative was coming to consoles.

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

The game was amazing and a great experience, but I found it a bit too easy. In the original game there were levels which I needed to try quiet a lot of combinations to figure out how to solve the puzzles. In Portal 2 I never had the same level of challenge.

But again, this is a must have game.

say0cheese
say0cheese

what a great game. plus hilarious dialogue. I swear I just stood around sometimes to hear wheatley talk lol

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

Great game. The next one should have a mixture of a (zero point energy field manipulator) gravity / portal gun.

Erebus
Erebus

My first thought when reading this was, "only 4 million?" In addition, they claimed it on par with Portal 1 retail sales. Because of these factors, I'm going on record and speculating this does not include Steam sales.

TruthTellers
TruthTellers

Ok valve you made lots of money off Portal 2. Now... Where's Half Life 3?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

The Portal series is just one of the reasons Valve is so great. Total out-of-the-box thinking.  Bravo!

zzamaro
zzamaro

I am one of these 4 million.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I can't believe 4 million of us voluntarily put our lives back in the hands of Aperture labs again! We're as crazy as the AI :P

TheLoneMortal
TheLoneMortal

Happy to see it sold a hearty amount, its a very entertaining puzzle game

SomePlayaDude
SomePlayaDude

After a moment of self convincing (which shouldn't be there), I just bought Portal for 5 pounds on Steam. ITS GONNA BE WORTH EVERY LITTLE PENNY!!

 

Am i in for a FPS adventure.... no wait; it's a First Person Physics Puzzle Platformer with a memorable crazed robot AI and a bit of influence from a War Themed Hat Simulator.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Now I laugh every time somebody tries to use the "If life hands you lemons" cliche!

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

One of the greatest games I've ever had the satisfaction of playing. That's 4 million people having the greatest time in their gaming lives.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

I love this game so much, its easily one of my all time favorites. They deserve all the love and support of the fans for honest good work.

And I'll still freak out every time I see Glados' face...

tehtimeisnow
tehtimeisnow

this gane sucks its a sad esxuse for a ferst person shoot game serouisely the grafics r horrable the guns suck the ganeplay is boreing and theres no blood

wawasjohn
wawasjohn

i would of thought it sold more then that. its a great game

Kayweg
Kayweg

I'm sure many of us have, i know i did too.

Intelligent humor in games is at a premium these days, i wish there was much more of that.

Dante200X
Dante200X

 @Reuwsaat usually steam/valve doesn't give out those numbers. Why? I have no clue....it's strange.

collingtonuk
collingtonuk

 @Erebus "Sales of that caliber put the sequel roughly on par with the original Portal, which sold nearly 4 million copies, not including Steam units."

That's a bold statement Erebus, where did you get your inspiration for such an insightful claim?

TruthTellers
TruthTellers

@jerseycarter15 Because Gamespot took away my ability to dislike your comment, I'm forced to reply and inform you that I dislike your comment.

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

 @jerseycarter15 

you're commenting on a video game review website for a game you don't even like, and somehow you aren't also a nerd?  and you're right, the game isn't for you, because it requires a certain level of intelligence to enjoy.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

 @Kayweg Yep. VALVe sure know how to make their audience at least chuckle at a few situations, if not make the player laugh out loud at points.

chuckchoder
chuckchoder

 @Dante200X

 Well if the numbers are not quite up to developers standards they will see that and instead of making more PC games they say f* it we can make more money developing facebook apps or iphone games.  At the same time if the numbers are high Steam does not want any competition so anyone wanting to get into the market will have no idea what to expect for revenues.  Its really quite smart.

DoubleclickTF
DoubleclickTF

 @Dante200X I don't think it's just down to Steam policy. No digital sales are counted in official industry monitoring, from Green Man Gaming through to EA's Origin: only retail boxed sales on the high street. It suits the biggest games companies for it to be that, since it prevents indie games having any presence on the chart at all, and cuts down competition on the gaming news sites for headline stories too.

 

The biggest games companies decide which games should be the most successful, and lo and behold they are, with no surprises or interruptions. Investor confidence stays strong when industry predictions appear to be solid.

chuckchoder
chuckchoder

 @collingtonuk

 HAHA I cant help but think of that crazy looking jock guy from revenge of the nerds who always yelled out "NERDS!"