Valve cancels E3 Portal 2 event, promises a surprise instead

By on June 2, 2010, 4:34 PM
If you were hoping to attend the Portal 2 event scheduled during E3 at Los Angeles' Regal Theater, it seems you're out of luck. Valve has notified the press via email that the dark-humored physics puzzler's presentation has been cancelled. The developer's announcement isn't all bad news however, as it promises to reveal a "surprise" instead.

The amusing email was written entirely in character from Aperture Science and you can read it in full after the break. It's worth noting that Portal 2 will still be present at E3 in some capacity, Valve has just cancelled its media blowout. The memo mentions a Portal 2 screening at the Valve booth during E3.

As for the surprise, well, who knows what's in store. One line in the email says that people can contact Doug Lombardi "if you'd like to ask fruitless questions about the E3 Portal 2 surprise," which suggests that the surprise is related to Portal 2, but that still doesn't mean much.
Dear Subject Name Here,

Aperture Science is pleased to inform you that we have partnered with Valve to announce the gala CANCELLATION of the June 14 Portal 2 event at the Regal Theater. The event will be replaced by a surprise. And even though the cancellation of the event certainly counts as a surprise, we are pleased to further announce that the cancellation of the event is not THE surprise. However, per International treaties regarding the definition of the word "surprise", of which both Aperture Science and Valve are signatories, the time, date and content of the actual surprise will only become available as you experience the surprise.

If you'd like to ask fruitless questions about the E3 Portal 2 surprise or, more fruitfully, schedule an appointment to attend a Portal 2 screening at the Valve booth during E3, please contact Valve's Special Envoy to Surprises, Doug Lombardi.

Thank you for **RECORD SCRATCH!!!**

PS: The surprising record scratch is also not the surprise.




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Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

Haha! I love it! I hope it's cake.

princeton princeton said:

Well we know it isnt Episode 3 because that'll be vaporware due to gabe having to code it himself as seen below.

http://i38.tinypic.com/2096aop.jpg

KG363 KG363 said:

This is why I love valve

Johny47 said:

I really hope it's Left 4 Dead 3 =P But only because I haven't played Half Life 2(otherwise it would be Half Life 3? or Episode 3?)

princeton princeton said:

Johny47 said:

I really hope it's Left 4 Dead 3 =P But only because I haven't played Half Life 2(otherwise it would be Half Life 3? or Episode 3?)

Cool I was hoping valve would make rehash 3 after rehash 2. L4D2 brought as much new content as crysis warhead did to crysis. Not very much.

Timonius Timonius said:

oh my goodness, could it be half life 2 epsiode 3????

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Techspot, Are you able to do an article of the "surprise"? of course when we know what the surprise is of course

Puiu Puiu said:

I just finished Portal a few days ago. This e-mail is really amusing, but if you take in consideration the personality of the one who wrote the e-mail (the char from the game) i think they will definitely not cancel it.

But who knows?

Guest said:

The cake is a lie. Maybe the surprise is a lie. :)

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

The Guest has a point! but the cake wasn't actually a lie but was not easy to get to so i bet they haven't cancelled just moved the conference to somewhere else! But who know!

Guest said:

I'm making a note here; Epic fail. :(

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

wagan8r said:

Haha! I love it! I hope it's cake.

I'm sure it will be as reconciliation after they pretend to kill us all.

hahaha~ bzzztkrsh

Appzalien said:

If it is HL2 EP3, it will probably come out in stores in a package deal with HL2, HL2 EP1 & HL2 EP2 included in the box to screw the people who already own them again.

Guest said:

http://steamunpowered.eu/valve-to-release-duke-nukem-foreve
/

suprise suprise? :P

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