Valve shows first Portal 2 footage

As E3 rolled on late yesterday, Valve released the very first footage of Portal 2, the upcoming sequel to its first-person action puzzle game. You can view the teaser clip here on the Steam website, but we’ve uploaded it to YouTube for your convenience:

This teaser doesn’t reveal a whole lot about the game, except perhaps that GLaDOS is still alive (what a shocker) and that Portal 2 will take place in overgrown testing areas designed around the same principles as the first game’s environments.

Another YouTube video, this time submitted by This Week In Tech, gives us a brief look at actual gameplay footage. That clip shows one especially interesting gameplay element: interactive liquid physics. Apparently, you’ll be able to send liquid (or whatever that orange goop is) spewing through portals. Neat!

Portal 2 is scheduled to come out for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 next year. As Shacknews reports, Valve’s Gabe Newell broke the news yesterday that the PS3 edition will feature Steamworks support. Newell commended Sony, calling its console "the most open platform of all the current generation consoles" and adding that Portal 2 for the PS3 will be "the best console version of the game."

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    • sweatshopking
    • 10 years ago

    Can somebody please explain to me why people love valve so much? I have played every single game they have made, excepting l4d2, and have only found hl1 to be that good. portal was ok, but not great imo. I would like to know what is it about valves games that makes people so crazy? just curious, cause maybe there’s something im missing in game.

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      The writing may not be exceptional, but Half-Life 2 (and its extensions) is easily one of the best presented adventures you can have in a game. The overall story is murky, but the writing of conversations is always excellent, characters have quality, voice acting is nice, environments are more varied than “warehouse, office space”, it’s original enough, doesn’t get boring, and easily runs on almost any PC.

      If someone knows how to make a well designed game, it’s them. That’s why people are crazy. The same is more or less true about Blizzard, who command a similarly rabid and voluminous fanbase.

      • NeronetFi
      • 10 years ago

      The Half Life series alone is what I find attractive about Valve. I have played through all of the Half Life games at least 3 or more times. The characters and story are so attractive in the game. The Half Life 2 series has amazing physics, and even though the engine is dated it still looks good.

      Lately Games have focused more on the eye candy and less on the story. When I finish a game like that its just that, finished. I barely remember the characters or how the story started.

      Gordan Freeman is and will always be a memorable character.

        • Meadows
        • 10 years ago

        Gordon Freeman is a poor character. He never does anything great except fight off big stuff, but on that basis, Nomad in Crysis is a better character, or even TimeShift Guy too. Everyone around Gordon, however – they’re all special and memorable in some way, some great acting is involved throughout. That’s what makes the game really stand out.

      • NeronetFi
      • 10 years ago

      Edit: Double post

      • Umbragen
      • 10 years ago

      I don’t get the Portal fascination either, it was a mildly pleasant diversion but hardly ‘GoTY’ material. I suppose people were just really hard up for something different and new and Portal filled that need (for a few minutes, anyway). I don’t see how they are going to turn this one dimensional gimmick into a full fledged game. Whatever.

        • roont
        • 10 years ago

        I hardly find it a one dimentional gimmick. i thought portal was an amazing new take on the first person “shooter”. since every other shooter out there is pretty much exactly the same. im was long ago sick of the whole call of duty, far cry, fear, soldier of fortune, they are all the same game to me. pistol, assualt rifle, shotgun. shoot the foreigners/monsters, move on.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 10 years ago

      For a change I think you might be onto something. Except there about Portal, Portal was completely and totally hot.

      • rodney_ws
      • 10 years ago

      To the Valve doubter… have you played TF2? Find yourself a fun server with good folks and you’ll have a hard time playing anything else.

    • Blazex
    • 10 years ago

    i tried to get into the Valve exhibit, but sadly i had to be an exhibitor, i was exhibits only, to get into the meeting hall area 🙁 i so wanted to see what they had in person today… also, i wanted the portal 2 shirt after i saw someone on the show floor wearing it, with the logo at the end of the vid 🙂

    • Bauxite
    • 10 years ago

    2011 = “late 2012, possibly 2013”

    §[<http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Valve_Time<]§

    • provoko
    • 10 years ago

    awesome!

    • The Dark One
    • 10 years ago

    In an interview Joystiq posted today, Erik Wolpaw pointed out TF2 as a game they’ve been able to patch something like 120 times, which could have never happened on the 360 with Microsoft’s one-free-update-and-then-you-per-patch policy. Then he gave the little coda to Portal as an example of something that couldn’t have been delivered in a timely manner because of MS’s cert process.

    What all this implies is that Valve managed to get some deal with Sony that lets them patch the game far more frequently than a normal console product would be. Aside from cloud save-games and achievements, I’m not sure what other steamworks features would translate well tothe ps3, though.

    • Shining Arcanine
    • 10 years ago

    Will it run on Linux?

      • DrCR
      • 10 years ago

      Hope so! What would be really cool is if they had an official, maintained package in a few of the major desktop distros, with separate authentication. Not likely :\

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 10 years ago

    so what will steam works on ps3 give me?

      • ClickClick5
      • 10 years ago

      I’m guessing achievements that will sync with your steam account. So if you have the game for the PC, they will be in sync. (I’m thinking like SteamPlay)

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 10 years ago

    Portal 2 isn’t using a new engine is it?

      • roont
      • 10 years ago

      I don’t know, but I would like to. It looked updated, but.. this is just a video.

    • dalisam
    • 10 years ago

    Wait, is this what Mr. Newell cancelled the “Portal 2 Event” for? This is the surprise?

    • ColdMist
    • 10 years ago

    “you monster” I love the humor 😉

    • burntham77
    • 10 years ago

    Hello, little zombie Companion Cube! I see you.

    • NeronetFi
    • 10 years ago

    I am looking forward to this. Hopefully Valve is being sneaking and releases Half Life 3 before hand 🙂

    • ltcommander.data
    • 10 years ago

    You forgot to mention that it’s coming out of Mac too.

    With Gabe’s newfound enthusiasm for the PS3 does that mean it’s a first-tier platform like PC, Mac, and XBox 360 with native engine support and simultaneous code compile? Or is it still being done by third parties at EA?

      • funko
      • 10 years ago

      Macs are PCs, just like Windows machines are PCs

        • no51
        • 10 years ago

        THAT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH JOBSEY’S BRANDING SCHEME.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 10 years ago

    edit: supposed to be a reply to #1

    Cures Aids, why wouldn’t it fix this ?

    Also..I suppose once they got the engine ported over cleanly and optimized that everything after that would be relatively simple.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 10 years ago

    Wasn’t it Gabe a few years ago said that the PS3 was the most difficult console to work with?

    edit: Oh yeah
    §[<http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3156403<]§ §[<http://kotaku.com/gaming/he-hate-them/gabe-newell-totally-hates-the-ps3-309613.php<]§ Guess Sony gave him a lot of money...

      • SLI_Fallen
      • 10 years ago

      Indeed he did!. Proof that money fixes everything.

        • cygnus1
        • 10 years ago

        Exactly, he just wanted a bigger check from Sony. Squeaky wheel gets the oil…

      • Applecrusher
      • 10 years ago

      He said its the most open in this article. Nothing about how easy it is to work with.

        • Silus
        • 10 years ago

        In this article he calls it “a total disaster”

        §[<http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/12568/Gabe-Newell-PlayStation-3-Is-a-Total-Disaster/<]§ Gabe and Valve as a whole of course, just want money (which money making company wouldn't). But they really need to stop saying things like these and then do a 180º or criticizing other DRMs in favor of Steam. It just makes them look like idiots.

          • poulpy
          • 10 years ago

          To quote your link:

          q[<"The PS3 is a total disaster on so many levels, I think It’s really clear that Sony lost track of what customers and what developers wanted," Newell told Game Informer magazine. "I’d say, even at this late date, they should just cancel it and do a ‘do over’. Just say, ‘This was a horrible disaster and we’re sorry and we’re going to stop selling this and stop trying to convince people to develop for it.’"<]q This was in *[

            • Silus
            • 10 years ago

            Uh, so he completely trashes the platform, (even though he KNOWS it’s in its early stage) instead of just saying something like “we’ll wait until it’s better” and you are still somehow trying to rationalize what he said ?

            If you don’t see any problem with that, you’re even worse than he is. At least he’s in it for the money, while you’re here rationalizing stupid comments, without pay…

            • Forge
            • 10 years ago

            So three years is not enough time to change your mind. Noted.

            • Silus
            • 10 years ago

            Sure, but one must weigh his or her comments in situations such as these, where past comments can come to bite you.

            If something along the lines of “PS3 development tools are not where we would like them, so we won’t support it right now” was said, I would consider only normal their adoption now. But that wasn’t what happened.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 years ago

            don’t forget that the PS3 keeps getting better and better and better with each firmware update. They keep adding features and support more and newer things.

            • cygnus1
            • 10 years ago

            you know, except for features that they take away… cough… boot linux… cough… backward compatibility…

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 years ago

            Backwards compatibility was not a firmware removal, it was a cost-cutting decision made with regards to the hardware.

            And did you ever try using Linux on a PS3? Painful, man. Very painful.

            • poulpy
            • 10 years ago

            Early stages is no excuse, Microsoft and Nintendo came out with much more appealing platform to develop for straight off the blocks. Period.

            The guy pointed -with a refreshing no BS approach IMO- that it was clearly flawed. Didn’t support it for 3 years while it was either going to mature or die and when the former ultimately happened they decided to support it.
            I call this logical, but there you go.

            Also the “most open” part surely comes out of the little clash they had with Microsoft for additional content as pointed by TurtlePerson2.

            q[

            • Silus
            • 10 years ago

            “The guy pointed -with a refreshing no BS approach IMO- that it was clearly flawed”

            He didn’t just point out that it was flawed. He trashed it completely

            “This was a horrible disaster and we’re sorry and we’re going to stop selling this and stop trying to convince people to develop for it.”

            One thing is to criticize the platform now, while keeping an open mind for later adoption. Quite another is to completely trash it as he did. You think that’s fine and it’s ok. But I certainly don’t.

            Wow, talking about lack of class and then a jab with “math”…well…pot meet kettle!

          • Jambe
          • 10 years ago

          Sony wasn’t offended enough to keep Valve off the PS3 and few Valve fans were so offended that they won’t support new Valve products. So I guess you’re just offended… for yourself? Congrats!

          The PS3 launch /[

            • Silus
            • 10 years ago

            LOL that was very good. It seems that having an opinion on a given subject, is being “offended”. Did you know that absolutes are bad for you ? Especially when you say that fanboys should be damned…

            I simply said that his past comments came back to bite him. He didn’t cautiously criticize the platform, with an indication that if it got better, Valve would, in time, develop for it. He just totally trashed it and even said he wished Sony just threw everything away and started from scratch. You seem to think that’s “fantastic” and that’s ok, but do accept that there are different opinions to yours ok ?

            • Jambe
            • 10 years ago

            How, exactly, did his comments “come back to bite him”? We don’t know how Portal 2 is going to perform, but I somehow doubt it’ll be a flop. Copy/paste my remark about the Valve/Sony relationship (it’s a money thing).

      • StandardGeek
      • 10 years ago

      Difficult to work with has nothing to do with being open. PS3 might very well be both the most difficult and most open.

      Also, difficult does not equal weak. PS3 could be the most powerful console while also being the most difficult to work with.

      It is strange though, that it has taken Valve this long before they start publishing on the PS3.

        • Helmore
        • 10 years ago

        It probably has something to do with the OpenGL version of the Source engine they made. The also uses OpenGL as its graphics API.

          • Anonim1979
          • 10 years ago

          STEAM – Sony “paid” by allowing to install it on PS3. No chance of that on M$ machine. Especialy that STEAM is a competitor on PCs to (disastrous) Microsoft initiative of Windows Live digital distribution…

            • no51
            • 10 years ago

            steamworks != steam.

            • cygnus1
            • 10 years ago

            really with the M$?

      • Joerdgs
      • 10 years ago

      He refers to that in the announcement: §[<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1YHKwMaXPg<]§ I think the reason that they launch on the PS3 is that they finally have some PS3 devs in-house (hired some time ago), and the PS3 is open enough to allow Steamworks to be integrated in the Portal 2.

      • TurtlePerson2
      • 10 years ago

      Microsoft locked Valve out and wouldn’t let them release free content. Valve decided that they’d rather make games the way they wanted to make games even if that does mean making PS3 releases.

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