Valve: free DLC for Portal 2 coming in mid-September

By on August 19, 2011, 2:30 PM

The long-awaited DLC pack for Portal 2 is finally set to go live by mid-September, Valve's Doug Lombardi has confirmed at Gamescom. The free DLC was originally announced in April for a summertime release and is said to include new test chambers to solve, leaderboards, Challenge Mode for single and multiplayer, and more.

In a nod to Valve's poor track record of keeping up with their own release date estimates (there's a whole article on "Valve time" and "reverse Valve time" at the company's Developer Community site) Lombardi was quick to point out that mid-September is still technically summer -- the end of the season is marked by the autumn equinox on September 22.

Whatever the case it's hard to fault them this time around, given that the pack is completely free, and if history serves any indication it could be the first of several DLC packages that Valve releases for the game. So far they've also released the game's soundtrack and a selection of ringtones, but gamers were less enthusiastic about the paid content available on Portal 2's virtual store, which included in-game cosmetics such as gestures, hats and skins for co-op characters.

Portal 2 was released for Windows, Mac OS X, the Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3 on April 19, 2011 in North America and on April 21, 2011 in Europe and Australia. The PC version of the game is currently selling for $30 on Steam, $20 less than its launch price just four months ago, and it includes both Mac and Windows compatibility.

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H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Nice, good to see Valve still being the generous company, unlike many others! *cough EA*

Guest said:

How do you do Valve? I hope EA burns. :D

RH00D RH00D said:

I got Portal when they were giving it away for free a while ago. I was a little on the fence about Portal 2 but since it got knocked down to $30 fairly quickly, if the DLC does get released for free, I will buy the game just for that reason. Games like Call of Duty make a mockery out of what DLC should be.

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

Definitely looking forward to more Portal

Guest said:

well this is valve we're talking about here. They say it's coming out at one time, it ends up coming out months later XD


Sweeeeet. Love this game... can't wait for more puzzles.

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