Portal 2 postponed until next year

Valve isn’t exactly known for timely game releases, so today’s news should come as little surprise: Portal 2 won’t be ready for its originally announced “holiday season” release. Instead, as Shacknews reports, Valve has postponed the title to a vague 2011 time frame.

That time frame could imply a whole year’s delay, for all we know, although the tongue-in-cheek press release in Shacknews’ post suggests otherwise: “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.”

Last week, Valve canceled the Portal 2 presentation it had prepared for E3, replacing it with an unnamed “surprise.” According to the Shack, Valve now says the surprise in question will involve Portal 2. We’ll hopefully get a closer look at the game then. (The E3 Expo will take place in Los Angeles from June 15 to 17, in case you haven’t been keeping track.)

Valve announced Portal 2 and just three months ago after a brief viral marketing campaign. GameInformer later posted images from its April cover, revealing some concept art from the upcoming first-person puzzle game.

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    • ClickClick5
    • 10 years ago

    I thought of something funny… What if Valve created a game like, say, WOW or The Elder Scrolls….

    Bethesda cranked out Oblivion in four (human, roman calendar) years. Now, four years in Valve Time? Might as well per-order the game for the grandkids.

    Development time from longest to shortest:
    3D Relms (Such a long wait, they close)
    id (Just a long time….the true, “When it’s done.”)
    Valve (We spend more time googling C++ syntax than writing code)

    • Silus
    • 10 years ago

    Valve delayed the release of a game ? That’s totally unheard of…

    Anyway, I don’t get this part: “Last week, Valve canceled the Portal 2 presentation it had prepared for E3, replacing it with an unnamed “surprise.” According to the Shack, Valve now says the surprise in question will involve Portal 2.”

    So they canceled Portal 2 presentations to present a surprise that involves Portal 2………

    Valve already has it’s own “time”. They should also have “Valve’s drivel”

      • Grape Flavor
      • 10 years ago

      I know. It’s so stupid.

      WE HAVE CANCELLED OUR PORTAL 2 PRESENTATION TO PRESENT TO YOU…

      PORTAL 2!!

      *slow clap*

    • ClickClick5
    • 10 years ago

    All you need to know:

    §[<http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Valve_Time<]§ EDIT: whoops, missed the below post.

    • yogibbear
    • 10 years ago

    “When it’s done” is good enough for me.

    • rodney_ws
    • 10 years ago

    Valve,

    I still love you!

    Your friend,

    Rodney

    • Krogoth
    • 10 years ago

    It is HL3, just check this picture out.

    §[<http://tf2wiki.net/w/images/c/c2/Mailstorm_large.jpg<]§ Hint: look at Saxton's left bicep and fist. ;) There is another thing to consider, HL2 was a secret through most of its development life. Valve raised the curtain when it was close to completion. It was unfortunate that the source leak incident happened. Valve was forced to to push back HL2 for another six months. At the time, it was quite irritating to the buyers of ATI 9xxx series + free HL2 combo.

      • Mourmain
      • 10 years ago

      I don’t see it, and I’m starting to feel a little gay from looking at his biceps so long. What /[

        • derFunkenstein
        • 10 years ago

        The veins in his left bicep form a lambda, and the fingers of his clenched fist make a 3. I can see it, but my guess is it’s actually HL2 Ep3.

      • Joerdgs
      • 10 years ago

      “The company also wrote that its previously teased E3 2010 “surprise” is “PORTAL-2-THEMED-FOR-GOD’S SAKE,” dashing hopes of Half-Life 2: Episode Three. ”

      Or HL3 for that matter.

      • JrezIN
      • 10 years ago

      Aren’t you re-writing history here?

      The leak happened because Valve was telling everyone that the game would be released soon and the hacker who invaded them could see that they aren’t even close to release, so he leaked the game to show it to everyone… I mean, everyone now know Valve and release dates don’t mix, but at the time it was quite shocking… (specially to Radeon 9xxx owners like you said.)

    • Exo
    • 10 years ago

    I prefer to see a game delayed game that is good than a game just in time that is bad.

    • eitje
    • 10 years ago

    I have no problem with “when it’s done” delivery.

    It drives me batty to set dates and then move them.

    • jdaven
    • 10 years ago

    I’m hoping that Portal 2 will be a full blown game on a new version of Source. And by full blown I mean the length of HL2 with tie-ins to the HL series. That would satiate me until HL3.

      • Krogoth
      • 10 years ago

      Actually, it is more likely that it will be the opposite.

      HL3 gets released first along with a new engine and Portal 2 gets released later, since it is also tied to the same universe.

      • Joerdgs
      • 10 years ago

      It will be a full game, but don’t get your hopes up about the HL tie-ins. In the Game Informer feature about Portal 2, they clearly stated that Portal only took place as part of the HL universe because they weren’t sure if the product would have enough appeal.

      And since Portal 2 is going to take place 100 years after the first one, I don’t think we’ll see much of what has become of the HL world.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 10 years ago

    Since the Source engine is VERY old now, I figure they’ve been either a) completely re-working it or b) creating a new engine. Perhaps Portal 2 (and HL3) will be shipped at the same time…HL3 being the huge shock.

      • burntham77
      • 10 years ago

      I am playing through Half-Life 2 right now and I must say that five years later, the game play and graphics still hold up.

        • bthylafh
        • 10 years ago

        HL2 just last week got an engine update to HL2 Ep2 standard, which mainly made the graphics prettier.

          • swaaye
          • 10 years ago

          There are a few things that stick out in HL2. The textures and the almost fully static lighting/shadowing come to mind. But it is interesting to see how people don’t seem to notice.

          It’s a game designed for Radeon 9600/9700 and some people are still happy with it today. I’m thinking that HL2/TF2/LFD/Portal fans are somewhat attached to Source engine’s visuals.

          • indeego
          • 10 years ago

          Made them uglier, actually. Play Episode 1 and watch how they screwed up many of the effects on the PCg{<.<}g

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 10 years ago

    What were those benfits of episodic content again?

    Less content for more money, and longer wait times?
    Holding a DRM monopoly, while valve fanboys make excuses for failure?

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 10 years ago

      The advantage is that they got to give expansion packs a new name and face after people figured out that the PC game industry is based on selling you one complete game that’s been chopped into multiple, incomplete parts.

        • wira020
        • 10 years ago

        ..and amongst them fixes and patches.

      • wira020
      • 10 years ago

      DRM Monopoly?

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 10 years ago
    • indeego
    • 10 years ago

    My thinking is Portal 2 will involve portals of time change, and therefore going to be released this year, after all. All their PR references have been to time shiftingg{.}g

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 10 years ago

    They’re too busy working on Duke Nukem Forever

    §[<http://steamunpowered.eu/valve-to-release-duke-nukem-forever/<]§

    • TurtlePerson2
    • 10 years ago

    They’re probably going back to the drawing board. I remember reading about a point in the development of HL1 where they were almost ready to ship, but scrapped the game because they didn’t like it.

    I personally have doubts about whether Portal can work as a 10-15 hour game. Maybe they’re starting to share my doubts.

    • no51
    • 10 years ago
    • swaaye
    • 10 years ago

    was there a source code leak? 😉

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 10 years ago

    Take your time Valve. You make the only games for which I pay full price.

    • Machupo
    • 10 years ago

    Valve-time == inshallah-time…

    • danieldasilva
    • 10 years ago

    Half-Life 2 Episode 3 anyone?

      • ImSpartacus
      • 10 years ago

      Pff, they might as well call it Half Life 3. I mean, that’s what it is, right?

        • danieldasilva
        • 10 years ago

        I don’t know. All I know is that they came up with this episodic thing and I believed the whole idea was to reduce time between releases. Episode 2 came out only 15 months after episode 1, but episode 2 came out nearly 3 years ago, and so far there’s pretty much nothing about episode 3 or whatever is coming next.

          • ImSpartacus
          • 10 years ago

          Yeah, the episodes were supposed to /[

            • indeego
            • 10 years ago

            Episode 1 was not of the same quality as the rest of the franchise. It is incredibly dull for the first 40 minutes. It sticks out like a sore thumb, IMOg{<.<}g

    • henfactor
    • 10 years ago

    This is my one beef with valve. Take your time, do a good job but please, sometime in my lifetime would be great.

      • Aquilino
      • 10 years ago

      Yeah, Valve, before the next glaciation would be great.

      • burntham77
      • 10 years ago

      It’s the same with Blizzard. Yes, we know you guys want your games to be perfect, but at some point you have to just get it out there. It’s a video game, not the goddamned Mona Lisa.

    • 5150
    • 10 years ago

    You’re really pissing me off lately, Valve.

      • Bauxite
      • 10 years ago
      • Grape Flavor
      • 10 years ago

      Add me to the list. So it’ll have been what, 4 years until Valve finally deliver a product? And this whole “episodic” thing was supposed to make releases faster.

      One could say they need to take their time to “get it right”, but other studios manage to produce high quality games without ridiculous 3DRealms-esque schedules. Valve is just dysfunctional.

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