Valve's E3 2010 surprise is that it will develop Portal 2 and Steamworks for the PlayStation 3.
Valve has finally revealed the secret E3 2010 announcement which has been the subject of so much speculation in the last few weeks, announcing that it will be bringing Portal 2
and the features of its Steamworks system to the PS3.
Previously Valve has been famous for its decidedly anti-PS3 stance
, with Valve founder Gabe Newell being particularly outspoken on the subject
Now though, Valve seems to have changed direction and while previous PS3 releases were all ported by EA, Valve will now work directly on the projects in-house, as it does with PC, Xbox 360 and Mac OS X version. This explains Valve's PS3 recruitment drive
we saw a while ago.
"I've been pretty outspoken in my comments about next-gen consoles,
" said Gabe Newell during Sony's E3 conference, "so I'd like to thank Sony for their gracious hospitality and not repeatedly punching me in the face.
Valve now reckons that the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2
will be "the best console version of the game
". As well as developing Portal 2
for the PS3, Valve will also bring some Steamworks features to Sony's console, offering community support, downloadable content, automatic updates and cloud-based saving. Hypothetically, that means you'll be able to play the game on PC, Mac and PS3 all at the same time, with saved progress being consistent across all three.
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