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Valve: Portal 2 delayed until 2011

Valve: Portal 2 delayed until 2011

Valve has announced Portal 2 is now set for a 2011 release date, though it isn't the end of the world.

Valve has announced that Portal 2 has been delayed, slipping from a Christmas 2010 release over into 2011 according to a new press release titled "Making Games Is Hard".

Written from the perspective of Aperture Science, the official press release instructs fans not to worry too much and promises that the delay isn't the end of the world.

"Even though Portal 2 will arrive slightly later than planned, all life on earth won’t instantaneously stop as every molecule in your body explodes at the speed of light, which is what would happen should a rip ever appear in the fabric of Valve Time," says the press release.

"Also, the game will be even better," said a representative from Aperture Science.

Valve has also sought to rein in rumours about it's upcoming surprise announcement at E3, saying quite plainly (and we quote) that it will be "***PORTAL-2-THEMED-FOR-GOD’S SAKE***".

Assuming it's not a double bluff, the press release shoots down some of the rumours that are circulating around Valve at the moment, the most outlandish of which is that Valve may be finishing off Duke Nukem Forever.

For more information on Portal 2 you can read about the official Portal 2 announcement, or the Portal alternate-reality game that Valve ran in the run-up to the reveal.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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johnnyboy700 10th June 2010, 11:07 Quote
AAARRRRRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
lacuna 10th June 2010, 11:21 Quote
I do appreciate the fact that Valve don't release a game until it is actually ready, even 13 years ago when they were developing half life they finished the game, decided it was bollox and started again.
deathtaker27 10th June 2010, 11:30 Quote
valve are one of the few great developers left
JAMF 10th June 2010, 11:30 Quote
At least there will be cake at the end.
SlowMotionSuicide 10th June 2010, 11:51 Quote
The cake is a lie!!!
tristanperry 10th June 2010, 12:05 Quote
Gutted, although it'll be interesting to find out whether they mean early or late 2011. Naturally I'm hoping (and it sounds this way) that it'd be early-ish 2011.
proxess 10th June 2010, 12:18 Quote
So... late 2012 it is then...
_Metal_Guitar_ 10th June 2010, 12:23 Quote
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Valve may be finishing off Duke Nukem Forever.

If you clicked that...there is some stuff about Source 2, is Portal 2 going to be on Valves new engine? Is that the reason for the delay?
Pete J 10th June 2010, 12:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by johnnyboy700
AAARRRRRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Seconded.
Dogbert666 10th June 2010, 12:25 Quote
Whilst it is frustrating to have to wait so long for Portal 2 and Ep 3, Valve's games rarely disappoint so it is worth waiting for their sequels. Better this than being like Ubisoft and spewing out sequels to franchises in pre-determined cycles.
mrbens 10th June 2010, 12:35 Quote
How about they focus on Episode 3 instead?
Draksis 10th June 2010, 12:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
So... late 2012 it is then...

Yep, Even the Aztecs saw this coming! :D
GravitySmacked 10th June 2010, 12:47 Quote
I'm sure it will be worth the wait.
Greenie 10th June 2010, 13:01 Quote
Ahh back to Valve time. How we love thee! I was getting concerned they might release something on schedule.

Good to know they still put making great games before deadlines.
crazyceo 10th June 2010, 13:21 Quote
I feel it will only be better for us since they will have more time to spend on it.

I can wait patiently............no I can't!
LeMaltor 10th June 2010, 13:54 Quote
I'm shocked it was supposed to be released this year, I was more expecting it in 2014 :O
Xir 10th June 2010, 13:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrbens
How about they focus on Episode 3 instead?

+1:D How's the episodic content goiing along?
Forget about Episode 3, where's Half-Life 3? ;)

Portal was nice...just played it (since they gave it away that is)
Beeing the tiny puzzle-platformer that it is, i'm not really hot for a sequel though...
smc8788 10th June 2010, 14:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
Beeing the tiny puzzle-platformer that it is, i'm not really hot for a sequel though...

Portal 1 was released as part of the Orange Box. Portal 2 will be a standalone game with a full retail price, like L4D, and will include co-op play. It will be awesome, trust me.
WildThing 10th June 2010, 14:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by smc8788
Portal 1 was released as part of the Orange Box. Portal 2 will be a standalone game with a full retail price, like L4D, and will include co-op play. It will be awesome, trust me.

Lol! It probably will be pretty good imo, and the fact that it's delayed is a good sign really as it will end up more polished. Also, this is Valve remember, I trust 'em.
robyholmes 10th June 2010, 15:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
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Originally Posted by mrbens
How about they focus on Episode 3 instead?

+1:D How's the episodic content goiing along?
Forget about Episode 3, where's Half-Life 3? ;)

Please do remember that EP1, 2 and 3 ARE HL3, they should have called them HL3 EP1 but didn't.
kornedbeefy 10th June 2010, 15:11 Quote
I've never found Portal fun but I also never gotten past the opening levels. Does it get better? Sorta like Mass Effect which I kept quiting once I made it to the space port but finally forced myself to play past it and then became fun to me.
popcornuk1983 10th June 2010, 15:22 Quote
Totally gutted that it's not HL3 or HL Episode 3 or whatever they want to bloody call it.

They should have released something by now. Even just a few screenshots of artwork or a teaser trailer would keep my hope alive that it's actually getting made. I know Valve are known for making sure their games are polished to perfection but it seems that they are leaving their core base of gamers out in the cold. After all they wouldn't be where they are today without the people who loved hl1/counter strike etc.

As the months/years go on I'm finding hard to actually get excited about another hl game as it's been far too long between releases. The freeman just doesn't have the same appeal anymore, which makes me sad :-(
javaman 10th June 2010, 15:23 Quote
Internet is alive with buzz about a new source game engine being the big surprise and possibly Half-life 3 (a full sequal rather than next ep) being powered by it.
knuck 10th June 2010, 15:33 Quote
If Portal 2 multiplayer is as fun as (it will be, I don't doubt for a second) the multiplayer portal 1 beta back in 2007, it's going to be awesome. The recurrent blue screens were not that great though
Chombo 10th June 2010, 17:26 Quote
We all know its really L4D3 :p
knuck 10th June 2010, 17:44 Quote
that would suck... 150$ over 3 years to buy the same game
mighty_pirate 10th June 2010, 18:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ghys
that would suck... 150$ over 3 years to buy the same game
*cough* WorldOfWarcraft *coughcough*
ssj12 10th June 2010, 19:16 Quote
Being packaged with Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is still Portal 2 related, isnt it?
scq 10th June 2010, 19:20 Quote
Well, didn't see that one coming…
Pete J 10th June 2010, 20:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Chombo
We all know its really L4D3 :p
I will hunt down and kill everyone who thinks L4D is a good game if that happens >:( . Unfortunately, that's quite a few.
Star*Dagger 10th June 2010, 20:33 Quote
I hope it is a new engine, the Source engine is ANCIENT and even worse, DX9 (hisses like a snake).

We need a new engine that will bring us into the Light of Dx11 Glory, forever saying to the XP users, "This far and no further!!!! We will progress into a new age of graphics glory, with or without you!!! Every gamer dies, but not every gamer ever plays!!"
HourBeforeDawn 10th June 2010, 20:53 Quote
Valve + Delays = No Surprise

by default the company should just add two years to whatever release date they think of just to be covered but hey even with the delays they have yet to disappoint so Im okay with it

side note: if you see two similar post from me, well the first I submitted I didnt see it come up at all so Im not sure what happened there.
DeathAwaitsU 11th June 2010, 00:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Draksis
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Originally Posted by proxess
So... late 2012 it is then...

Yep, Even the Aztecs saw this coming! :D

Hell, valve even tell you what there time frames really mean on their wiki :P
Star*Dagger 11th June 2010, 03:48 Quote
Sons of Steamland! I am Star*Dagger and I see whole army of my country here in defiance of DRM...


Oh please let it be a Dx11 Source 2 engine!
Xir 11th June 2010, 09:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
We need a new engine that will bring us into the Light of Dx11 Glory, forever saying to the XP users, "This far and no further!!!!

Correct, I need an excuse to buy a new DX11 based system :D
steveo_mcg 11th June 2010, 10:02 Quote
I sincerely doubt the new engine (if there is one) will be DX11 based given the work that they've just done porting away from dx9 to get games to play on the Mac.
NethLyn 14th June 2010, 17:21 Quote
Not a problem, it means that my Christmas game is Crysis 2 (subject to non-slippage) and there won't be any other distractions, plus I have to get past level 14 of the first game again...
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