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Portal 2 confirmed for Christmas 2010

Portal 2 confirmed for Christmas 2010

Valve has announced Portal 2 for release this Christmas, implying it may have co-op gameplay.

First, the bad news. Valve has apparently brought the Portal alternate reality game, which kicked off recently after a sneaky update to the game, to a close.

Good news? They've done it by confirming Portal 2 for release this year.

Specifically, the initial updates indicate that Portal 2 - which probably carries on directly from the new, extended ending of the original game - will be out in time for Christmas 2010. It's coming to PC and Xbox 360, as you'd expect, and a number of retailers are already taking pre-orders.

Portal 2 will apparently not come with Episode 3 or any other games, as the first Portal came with Episode 2 and Team Fortress 2. It'll be it's own, big standalone release, at full price.

Portal 2 will take the series in a slightly different direction too, with a new Game Informer article promising "new gameplay mechanics, storyline, and some surprising new twists."

One of those new features will apparently be co-op gameplay, with the finale to Valve's latest ARG finishing with the words "Cooperative Trial Completed", before saying that "You will be contacted when the live first phase of the Cooperative Testing Initiative is ready to accept applicants."

Story details have been leaked by retailers (Spoiler alert), which reveal that players will explore new areas of Aperture Science and be introduced to two new characters in a separate co-op campaign. The new characters will be bi-pedal robots - one an enhanced Turret, the other a mobile GlaDOS unit. Co-op will work online and locally, with new weapons such as a tractor beam being worked into the feature-list.

The singleplayer campaign will take place hundreds of years after the first game, but will still star Chell. Aperture Labs has been ravaged and overgrown in the time between the two titles.

Physical properties can now be merged through portals to allow you to customise an area too. Special paints appear in the labs which will give speed boosts or more friction to players, so positioning these is pivotal to the new puzzles.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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FreQ 8th March 2010, 12:14 Quote
Lovely.....Ep 3 please!
wuyanxu 8th March 2010, 12:20 Quote
hum... tractor beam and coop, nice.

if MW2 spec ops is anything to go by, Portal 2 coop will be fantastic.
azrael- 8th March 2010, 12:20 Quote
Want... NOW!
Mankz 8th March 2010, 12:26 Quote
YES...

WANT.
mi1ez 8th March 2010, 12:28 Quote
Looks awesome, possibly taking some elements from the game Tag.

https://www.digipen.edu/studentprojects/tag/
popcornuk1983 8th March 2010, 12:29 Quote
Looking forward to it................but I would happily give it up for Episode 3. I really want to to have all my questions answered once and for all. I've been playing the HL series since 1998. I deserve some bloomin answers!! The whole point of the "episodes" was to get them out quicker.

Rant over :)
Unknownsock 8th March 2010, 12:29 Quote
Sequel to one of the best game's ever made?

Yes plx!
kenco_uk 8th March 2010, 13:13 Quote
Will there be cheesecake?
proxess 8th March 2010, 13:16 Quote
YES!
howesey 8th March 2010, 13:20 Quote
Mac version too. *yes*
impar 8th March 2010, 13:30 Quote
Greetings!

Portal 2!
theflatworm 8th March 2010, 13:34 Quote
Assume the party position!
chrisb2e9 8th March 2010, 14:49 Quote
Will the cube be back???
Deep-Blue 8th March 2010, 15:03 Quote
First, the bad news. Valve has apparently bought the Portal alternate reality game, which kicked off recently after a sneaky update to "the game, to a close."

No...they didn't...
They BROUGHT it to an end...
Denis_iii 8th March 2010, 15:47 Quote
now this i am excited for!!!! but hurry up with ep3 valve
crazyceo 8th March 2010, 16:08 Quote
This I DO give a flying f*%k about!

Love the game, Valve and everyone else after hearing this news. Don't worry, I'll be back to my usual ass self when I realise it's months away.

Sh!t you Bast@4ds!!!!!!!
Omnituens 8th March 2010, 16:11 Quote
Can never have enough Portal.

Going to play through Portal Prelude tonight methinks.
gavomatic57 8th March 2010, 16:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenco_uk
Will there be cheesecake?

No, the cheesecake is a lie...

[I'll get my coat...]
scq 8th March 2010, 19:30 Quote
When Valve says 2010, they really mean 2012.


Either way, great to get some updates.
airchie 8th March 2010, 19:34 Quote
What's the issue with 'bought' and 'brought' people?
I saw someone else make a comment about it and thought they were just being an idiot, but I'm sure I've read it 4 seperate times in the last few days on here!
johnnyboy700 8th March 2010, 20:45 Quote
Yes, best news from Valve in a long time.

The only thing that could top this as far as I'm concerned is the release date for Episode 3.
Hg 12th March 2010, 13:13 Quote
Valve have played another neat trick on the public last night regarding Portal 2
Quote:
Valve played it cute at tonight's Game Developers Choice Awards, rigging up a fake Blue Screen Of Death during boss Gabe Newell's time on stage. Course, it wasn't just a BSOD. It also contained some cryptic Portal 2 marketing.

A poster over on Penny Arcade has cracked the code contained within the message (pictured above), a short statement from Valve (or GlaDOS!) buried beneath the jokes lying on the surface. Always pays to have someone able to translate hex to EBCDIC around at a time like this.

Their translation reads:

GLaDOS
A fatal exception (S) has occurred at (U)(S) : (P)(E)(N)(D) in (U)(N )(T)((I)) *
(L)(E)(E)(E). The current application will be terminated.

* Press any key to flood the facility with deadly neurotoxins.
* Press CTRL+ALT+DEL again to reinstate testing. You will lose any
Non-vital personnel and their progress through the current test.

Press any key to continue _

http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/9/2010/03/500x_bsod2.jpg

Have to love the PR team at valve...
If you look at it very Carefully and convert the hex to EBCDIC then use only the letters in the from the hex (as shown above) it spells our 'Suspend untill EEE' EEE would be E3?
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