Portal sells nearly 4 million

Not including Steam sales, highly acclaimed Orange Box pack-in has almost hit quadruple-platinum milestone.

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Today, Valve launched the highly anticipated first-person puzzler Portal 2, and the game appears to have critical success well in hand. While Portal 2's commercial performance remains to be seen, it will be attempting to fit into a pair of oversized shoes, as Valve confirmed for GameSpot today that, even after excluding Steam sales, the original Portal has to date sold nearly 4 million units worldwide.

The original Portal rode The Orange Box to success.

Portal's sales milestone comes despite humble beginnings. The game began life as the senior project of a group of students at the DigiPen Institute of Technology, titled Narbacular Drop. After winning the Independent Game Festival's Student Showcase Award in 2006, the game and its creators were subsequently signed by Valve.

Narbacular Drop's interconnected portal concept was adapted for Valve's Half-Life universe and renamed, aptly enough, Portal. The first-person puzzle game was then packed in as part of Valve's 2007 blockbuster The Orange Box, which also included Half-Life 2, that shooter's first two episodes, and the multiplayer-only Team Fortress 2.

Portal quickly proved to be the standout release of the package, winning such accolades as the 2008 Game Developer's Choice Awards' Game of the Year.

For more on Portal, check out GameSpot's recent interview with writer Erik Wolpaw.

Discussion

215 comments
Kayweg
Kayweg

Makes me go all warm inside to see, that commercial success in the industry can still be achieved without having to release just another generic shooter year in and year out. So originality and innovation lives and PAYS....maybe more developers will take note one day !

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

@NeilCardiff Thank you, thank you, I try my best.

Gooeykat
Gooeykat

Strange, shouldn't they be reporting on Portal 2 sales, rather than a three year old game.

august99us
august99us

If they included steam sales, our computers would explode upon loading the page, cause the number was too large. o.o

abrokenleg
abrokenleg

@theKSMM: My case is really bad, I can take about 5 mins of playing FPS games, longer than that I need to get outside to get some air. Some friends even suggested to take some motion sickness meds before hand. That's how much I want to play this game!

gp3tron
gp3tron

Portal was/is an incredible game. Hope this one continues the legacy.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I get dizzy playing first-person games too, but Portal was so good that I just fought through it, stopping for the night when it got too bad. Granted, that means that it took me weeks to finish a game that many others completed in a day, but it was well worth it.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

@Kid_Black_Star No, I didn't even play it yet. I just didn't like the happy ending.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

@9thedevilmaycry Well, no. But I am a graphics whore. The reason I said it, was because: 1. I saw the ending on youtube, and it was sickly sweet (which I hate! I love bad endings) 2. I wanted to see how low I can be voted down.

strawberry9
strawberry9

@ aryeec sorry inform you but popularity does usually win goty honours. and Portal is the most popular thing since pop-rocks

abrokenleg
abrokenleg

Congrats! I've been hearing from loads of loads of friends that it's really really good, too bad I can't play first person shooter games (Makes me dizzy) :(

Kid_Black_Star
Kid_Black_Star

@PodXCOM: Was It too hard for you? cause portal is a master piece :P

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@King_Gamer19 I know ! I have had more friends tell me to play Portal 1 than Metro 2033 (the top two games i have been chastised for not playing). I think I gotta put a few games on the shelf and get my download on...

aryeec
aryeec

@strawberry9 1) I said nothing in a manner that assumed others agree with me, so eat your own damn words. 2) I don't give a rats ass what other sites/critics/players rate a game. Popularity and high score don't solidify GOTY candidacy in my book.

9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

@PodXCOM there could be reasons why you said that 1. you are another COD fanboy 2. you hate the game because you cant kill anything 3. you are a graphics whore 4. you are all of the above

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

If this had included Steam sales, it would be much higher

skrat_01
skrat_01

'Not including Steam sales' Good grief.

linyoa
linyoa

@bandtnt what the hell are you even trying to say???

bandtnt
bandtnt

I am happy to know that people still like to think solving puzzles,may be after playing this game they reconsider COD:BO.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

Since you can link your Steam account via your PSN ID in Portal 2 now, I wonder if Valve will start releasing Steam sales numbers now? Other studios better hope not. If Valve included Steam figures for Half-Life 2, Portal, etc, they would shut down simply from embarrassment. Long live Valve.

flexin007
flexin007

Most of those sales from 360 gamers who you gave a gimped Portal 2. Brilliant...

kvan33
kvan33

@blackace I completely agree. Portal 2 sounds like a no-brainer when it hits $40, but $60 seems too steep right now. Now if they'd have bundled it with HL2:E3...

hyksiu
hyksiu

Very good that so many people got to expirience the game!

comb5
comb5

I just can't wait to see what the community does with Portal 2. I'm sure there have been people plotting since the first Portal on levels they want to make.

darkfox101
darkfox101

Best co op game ever. It is so interactive and fun. I'm not a puzzle guy at all, but this is the most fun I ever had with a friend.

Raxyman
Raxyman

Not including steam sales? Then 4 million must be like 30% of all portal games sold.

wigwam2
wigwam2

Finally unique games getting the credit they deserve. I'm tired of developers who basically put out the same game every year getting the most sales. Portal as well as other exceptional and one-of-a-kind games will most definitely receive more credit as time goes on.

blackace
blackace

The original Portal was great. I have not picked up the 2nd game yet. I'll most like wait for the price to drop before getting it. The original Portal game with Orange Box and that was easily worth $60, but Portal 2 by itself isn't worth $60 to me. Once the price gets below $40 I'll consider getting it.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Not including Steam? Those sales have to be huge, considering Portal would be on sale for a few dollars every now and then.

imaidiot
imaidiot

If you have not played either of these games you are missing out. Some of the teen crowd may be too 'cool' for this game because it doesn't have call of duty in the title, but they are great games that shouldn't be missed. Expand your mind a little and you will find that these are fun games, which is the point of playing games to begin with.

atopp399
atopp399

I contributed via orange box but have never played it. I got it for Team Fortress 2. I don't like it when companies boast about sales of something that is included in a package that people probably bought for other reasons. Sort of like how Wii Sports has incredible sales but only because it comes with every Wii.

CCGR_Pheonix
CCGR_Pheonix

You guys realize this was the original Portal that sold 4 million units? Not the one released yesterday....

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

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anotherone10
anotherone10

Well deserved. Portal is a very unique game, and an excellent one too! :D

ChrisJH9
ChrisJH9

@MrHatnClogs The article says they sold 4 million units, not 4 million dollars. So it's really closer to 240 million dollars. Pretty impressive stuff either way. And yes, activision sucks. I'm sure you've heard that guitar hero is probably having an installment next year....wonderful...

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

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gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

The game is so much fun in single and multiplayer. It is legitimately funny, which is hard to do. Plus, the game was being sold by most large retailers for $35 after rebates.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

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BlueStudy
BlueStudy

First girl I ever saw at a midnight launch last night. I was horrified when she didn't get MK and walked out with that other game.

demonic_85
demonic_85

I wonder how Crytek and EA feel about an indie game outselling their big budget shooter. Just goes to show that people really like well developed games even if it means delaying them to make improvements.

howie1926
howie1926

I love me some Valve, but I never got into Portal...I tried...I just was not enjoying myself

CTR360
CTR360

HL3 please i want it

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

As bad $$$ as the Oragne box was, and still is, all you half life fans should actually be a little angry at the orange box. Have you ever wandered where is the PROMISED ep 3????? Did you ever wander what happened to a new ep every 6 months? Well go google it, basically because of the oragnge box, ep 2 got pushed back and it pushed ep 3 even furhter back, and now.... seems its never ganna happen and we just have to wait for HL3. which is fine, but I would have loved a new ep every 6 months in the meantime, but they lost all momemetan they hand when they inked the deal for the Orange box.

swyg
swyg

*raises pinky to mouth* 4 meeelllion sales!

bottomdollar
bottomdollar

So, uh, will this, uh, have them start working on Team Fortress 3? And uh, will this, uh, information, uh, have them release some solid news on Half Life 3? Very interested in both....

pokecharm
pokecharm

wow, I wonder how that stacks up to other 'big' games from this year?