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2010/03/07

Portal 2 Officially on the way, Some Details Floating Around

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                                   April Issue Cover of Game Informer

Portal is a sequel of sorts to Narbacular Drop, which was developed by a bunch of college kids, before they were typically recruited by Valve, famous for employing modders and the likes, and the game was released in the form and under the name it’s known as today.

It was released in the Orange Box, along with Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life 2 Episodes 1 and 2. The game was praised as a witty, humourous, and ingenious take on the puzzle game genre, and although it lacked guns of any sort, besides the portal gun, it still managed to win over many fans.

Well, if you’re not the sort of person who was bored to death by the game, then you’ll be pleased to know that a sequel, Portal 2, has officially been announced by Valve, and Game Informer is the lucky one to get the first details on it in their magazine. The April edition will have a cover story on the title [1].

Some details that have been leaked so far include "a stand-alone, full-price retail release" (unlike the preqeul), "new gameplay mechanics, storyline, and some surprising new twists."

Details were also deciphered in some Morse code messages hidden in updates for Portal 1, and have revealed that the baddie in the game will be one Cave Johnson [4].

GameStop says that the game will feature separate two-player cooperative campaign, as well, and the retail price will be $60 for the console version, and $50 for the PC one [2].

“Coming this holiday. Portal 2 is the sequel to 2007's Game of the Year and draws from the award-winning formula of innovative game play, story, and music that earned the original over 70 industry accolades. Features single and multiplayer co-op modes.

The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces a cast of dynamic new characters, a host of fresh puzzle elements, and a much larger set of devious test chambers. Players will explore never-before-seen areas of the Aperture Science Labs and be reunited with GLaDOS, the occasionally murderous computer companion who guided them through the original game. The game's two-player cooperative mode features its own entirely separate campaign with a unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters. This new mode forces players to reconsider everything they thought they knew about portals. Success will require them to not just act cooperatively, but to think cooperatively.”

Portal 2 should be out this holiday season (November, early December, probably), 2010, and it will be available on PC, Mac, and Xbox 360 [3].

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Source: [1] Game Informer - [2] Kotaku - [3] Eurogamer – [4] MTV


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