Portal 2 is official, coming this holiday season

By on March 5, 2010, 1:13 PM
It's been over two years since the original Portal captivated cake lovers everywhere, and a proper sequel is now officially on the way. The first title accumulated such a following that it was arguably more popular than Half Life 2: Episode Two or Team Fortress 2 (other titles included in The Orange Box).

Word of a sequel surfaced around June of 2008 when news broke that Valve was hiring an actor to voice Cave Johnson, who was speculated to be the title's main antagonist. Valve fueled anticipation of a new game this week, after a couple of updates to Portal -- one of which introduced new ending.


Putting rumors to rest, Game Informer has now revealed that its April 2010 cover story will be Portal 2. Very limited details have been given, but the game will be a "full-fledged, standalone sequel" with "new gameplay mechanics, storyline, and some surprising new twists."

The magazine will ship with a 12-page feature on Portal 2, and it should hit newsstands soon enough. Also, Valve says the title will launch this holiday season. In the meantime, you'll have to make do with the provided cover shots, which you can view in full here.




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Wolfanoz Wolfanoz said:

Can't wait for an angry GlaDOS!

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Sweet! 2010 is turning out to be quite a year for gaming.

Deso said:

I hope the game play reaches further then only puzzles like the first Portal, I'd like to use guns in missions against troops.

CodePhoeniX said:

valve updated portal 1, added a new achivement. on the steam forums there is/was a 300 page thread on the updates. valve did some cool stuff.

Serag said:

Awesome!!!!

Can't wait..

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

All I have to say is . . . AWESOME!

PaulWuzHere PaulWuzHere said:

Nice, Always loved Portal. Made me dizzy for the first 30mins of gameplay. I miss my cube too... Why did he have to die?

paynetrain007 said:

HaHa. Can't wait. I wonder if it will be released in some sort of package.

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

paynetrain007 said:

HaHa. Can't wait. I wonder if it will be released in some sort of package.

Unlikely (from the article): Very limited details have been given, but the game will be a "full-fledged, standalone sequel" with "new gameplay mechanics, storyline, and some surprising new twists."

Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Score! I guess the cake is real after all :-)

DryIce said:

The only thing that could make this moment more perfect would be the Companion Cube.

ourboyblue said:

Awesome, I never did get my cake.

levar said:

Awesome cover shots! Can't wait to read the article. I still need to finish playing Portal, I still got The Orange box somewhere in my room.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

I have to say Portal was one of the most enjoyable games I've played in the last few years. I look forward to the sequel.

Afroaggie said:

The original Portal was an amazing game and I have been looking forward to its sequel for a while now. I am glad that it is coming this year.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

This is great news , so excited! Decided to start up Portal again the other day to check out the updates. I hope they have some really awesome new gameplay mechanics!

cyrusjumpjet cyrusjumpjet said:

Valve, I love you. You have been making me so happy lately.

Timonius Timonius said:

SQUEEEE! With this I'm sure Half-life 2 episode 3 is 'just around the corner'!

boyese said:

I liked the first one. I wasnt as fast as my other friends getting through the levels. Im looking forward to this.

what will the twists in the story line be!?

yorro said:

Looks like there will be some set in the outdoors, could be the new mechanic?. I wonder how it will turn out.

2010 shall be a good year for gaming.

eafshar said:

wow really looking forward to this one.. i like that they are adding new game mechanics and its not gonna be just pure puzzles again.

eafshar said:

wow really looking forward to this one.. i like that they are adding new game mechanics and its not gonna be just pure puzzles again.

Wolfleader Wolfleader said:

Man this is gonna be great! So is there actually going to be cake this time? Or will it once again be GlaDOS teasing us?

seefizzle said:

This gives me a nerdy little hard on. Portal was one of the most entertaining and innovative games I've ever played. So simple, yet so perfect. I can't wait to play this game. Hell, I'll even pay for it instead of ripping it off, cause I want the guys at Valve to keep making games. Valve is one of the best companies out there.

Zenphic said:

Sounds good to me. The first Portal was really fun. I haven't tried Portal Prelude, but that one seems fun as well.

Ithryl said:

Finally. Gonna get the cake this time.

gobbybobby said:

On of the best games of all times gets a Sequal! I can't wait for this, Day 1 buy for me.

Decimae said:

Well, this is great. I actually thought it would be announced march 11, though this is nice too. Maybe we'll get a trailer on march 11. Gamestop claims it has co-op multiplayer, and that it's 50 dollars. I'm not sure whether to trust that information.

Puiu Puiu said:

I have Portal, but i haven't played it yet. I might consider playing portal right before playing portal 2 ^_^

Chazz said:

I've never heard of this series but by these comments it seems I'm missing out. Is this a puzzle game similar to Cube for Psone? If so, I'll pass.

Decimae said:

I've never heard of this series but by these comments it seems I'm missing out. Is this a puzzle game similar to Cube for Psone? If so, I'll pass.

No, it's closer to HL2 then to D-Cube. If you haven't played this, especially when you own it, you really missed something. Portal has a great story, has great gameplay, and involves some inuitive thinking. It's best described as a first-person puzzle platformer imo.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

It's hard to overstate my satisfaction!

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Oh, and I especially like the fact that the news is coming to print! I subscribe to Game Informer and am pleased that print hasn't been totally killed by on-line. First, its hard to wait for my 12-page feature on Portal 2, then the long wait for the game to come out! Please let it be on time!

Yoda8232 said:

Never really a major fan of the game, Portal Prelude I believe is just a demo of the first couple levels? Looking forward to a new graphical engine for the next generation of HL, CS, and TF!

Yoda8232 said:

Never really a major fan of the game, Portal Prelude I believe is just a demo of the first couple levels? Looking forward to a new graphical engine for the next generation of HL, CS, and TF!

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I haven't played the first portal yet. I know I should, I know it's supposed to be great but I just haven't gotten it yet.

ryan29121 said:

Portal = awesome. Portal 2 = Cant wait!

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

Portal was good, but I'd like to see the next installment of HL2 even more. Hopefully they release both at the same time again.

Rasta211 said:

Original game was better than expected. Had a very clever storyline and great ending. If you like some mind puzzles. You will love this.

pipopaz said:

I guess it is time to go play the first one...

In10s In10s said:

jungle maps! and back to aperture?? it was destroyed right?...i was hopping for the outside world like buildings and other maps... but its still awesome anyway lol. Cant ******* wait!!!!! Wohooooooooo!

megrawab said:

It's good to hear that Portal will be released already since Portal I is short. The great thing about it is that the video game is very original and new to gamers' tastes...

Chazz said:

Decimae said:

No, it's closer to HL2 then to D-Cube. If you haven't played this, especially when you own it, you really missed something. Portal has a great story, has great gameplay, and involves some inuitive thinking. It's best described as a first-person puzzle platformer imo.

Thanks, that sounds much more appealing. I'll check out the first one. I haven't bought a game since borderlands so I kinda need something to play.

LGraves said:

What is this game about? sorry to be a newb,but it seems to get the hype. So im curious and also open to all types of PC games!

jaboy jaboy said:

lol in portal I just ran random around came to the robot thing (i did not know it was the boss) easily beating him and then I think: WTF NO BOSS ?!?!

raie_noire said:

1 WORD: EXCITED

rufio said:

the first portal was AMAZING. i cannot wait for the second one to come out. i still have that 'still alive' song stuck in my head lol

fref said:

Great news! I played the first one and really liked it, which is saying a lot because I'm not a hard core gamer. I'll certainly try to grab this one when it's released.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

I think I'm going to go over my projected video game budget! It's a good thing I have a good job! But Valve, please release Half-Life 2: Episode 3 already!!!

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

To bad the user who posted it exceeded their bandwidth for image hosting :-)

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