Portal developer's next game debuting at PAX

Square Enix and Airtight Games showing off Kim Swift's next project during Saturday panel at Seattle-based gaming convention.

The question of how one makes a follow-up to the breakout 2007 hit Portal has already been answered once, as Valve released Portal 2 to critical acclaim earlier this year. It will be answered a second time this week, as Square Enix has confirmed that it will be debuting the next game from Portal lead developer Kim Swift at this year's Penny Arcade Expo.

Swift's follow-up to Portal is billed as "fascinating and quirky."

Square Enix has a Saturday panel scheduled in which Swift and the rest of the Airtight Games development team will present their game, which the publisher is describing as "incredibly fascinating and quirky." Swift is serving as creative director on the project.

Swift has also previously worked on Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Airtight Games is best known for Capcom's jetpack-powered third-person shooter Dark Void.

The Square Enix-Airtight panel is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in the Pegasus Room at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. The Penny Arcade Expo, also commonly known as PAX Prime, will run August 26 through August 28. Although the show is generally open to the public, badges to attend the show sold out in May.

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Leir_Bag
Leir_Bag

jasonzilla11@ : Off course it matters! When you like a game enough to say that it's one of the best things you ever did, it's nice to see that most people actually agree with you. I'm not actually going to actually end my gaming if portal 2 doesn't get nominated for GOTY, but I just think it deserves a lot.

grbolivar
grbolivar

Speaking of Half-Life... what happened to Half-Life Episode 3? is that game cancelled? Ep.2 was epic...

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Jedilink109 I just can't help to think of Half-life as soon as I hear Portal :( I know it's different developers but they'e allllways gona be linked in my mind.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

It always scares me when a game is originally hyped up because the creator worked on another popular game. It reminds me of the movies (that turn out to be crap) whose trailers start off with "From the creators of ABC, and the director of XYZ, comes an all new.....".

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

Loved the part with the owl in the first game.

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

Oooh, this is some hot stuff!

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

This developer didn't make Half-life 2 you guys. Calm down. They won't be the ones making Half-life 3...

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Balls balls balls. Whenever I hear Portal I automatically just think of Half Life 2.. Therefore as soon as I read 'Portal Developer's next game' I thought "Ahhhhhhhh Half Life 3!!!!". I seriously need to stop getting so excited.

brain20035
brain20035

Portal 2 was amazing!! can't wait for the DLC!

vadicta
vadicta

Hmm. This sounds like an interesting combination. I'm quite intrigued.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

@Leir_Bag Who really cares what gets game of the year besides the developers and producers? Yes, Portal 2 was amazing. But whether or not it gets GOTY, I don't care.

jlm2k5
jlm2k5

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Leir_Bag
Leir_Bag

Well, Portal was awesome, but was kind off the only thing that Swift ever did that I really liked. I mean, she did some other cool stuff, but they're all just nice. Not awesome.(she's not the one responsable for Portal 2) Still, I guess it might be good, this new game. Anyway, if Portal 2 doesn't get nominated for game of the year, then I'm done with my gaming. Actually, it should win the damn contest. Freaking thing is just perfect.

StanleyL
StanleyL

@namdar Kim Swift was the lead developer on Portal, and she left Valve in 2009. gamespot.com/6242606

morgado
morgado

@namdar: Kim Swift worked on the first Portal, but she left Valve in 2009 to work for Airtight Games. This studio is doing the game mentioned in this article, game that will be published by Square Enix.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Probably shouldn't have mentioned Dark Void. Up until that point I was incredibly impressed with Kim Swift. I guess everyone makes mistakes. I'm still impressed... Portal and Portal 2 are just that good.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

portal 2 - best ending in the world.

kais112
kais112

@namdar I think it's just the head of the dev team that worked on portal and i guess he moved.

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

square enix is playing real smart these days to stay relevant in the west.

namdar
namdar

Meh.... I always thought Valve created Portal... what am I missing here?