For Science! Portal 2: The Trailer

“It’s on PS3!” says the world. “So bloody what?” says I. It’s also on PC. And here’s what Valve’s puzzl-o-shooter sequel looks – and, perhaps more importantly, sounds – like.

Techno! If that stuff is all in-game, kinda-wow, huh? Entire moving rooms, crazy robo-panelling, vegetation. Frame-by-frame analysis please, lovelies.

Due 2011. The PS3 thing seems to be the sum total of the ‘surprise’, I’m afraid – hope you weren’t still holding out for HL2 Ep3.


  1. Lavitz says:

    I think i might be the only 1 guy out that doesn’t care for portal. Also I guess valve can develop for ps3. More money, sooner or later valve will abondon pc .

    • Steven Hutton says:

      I don’t consider that likely. The ports of thier games to 360 have all been pretty mediocre ( Valve games play all wierd without a mouse ) and they’re, to a certain extent the gatekeepers of PC gaming in general, what with Steam and all.

    • Gwyn says:

      You care so little you just had to make sure we knew. Cheers.

    • Coded One says:

      Actually, Gabe Newell in the past has said that developing for the PS3 is a waste. Valve seems to be PC at heart, especially considering their success with Steam, so I doubt they’ll abandon the PC.

    • bob_d says:

      Given the economics of developing AAA games right now, developers can’t afford to ignore any platform. And as far as PC development goes, it’s essentially a freebee if you do Xbox development. PS3 development is another ball of wax entirely because the architecture is so different; the architectural differences between Xbox 360 and Wintel machines can be pretty much ignored thanks to the great Xbox development tools. If you’re doing an Xbox game there’s no reason not to also have a PC version.

    • Peter Radiator Full Pig says:

      No reason at all, unless you count having to make sure it works with a huge variety of different hardware set ups, optimising them and such.
      New bugs to squash or get complained about if you dont.
      And, it seems, much lower sales than other platforms.

      No reason at all.

    • Urthman says:

      Valve almost certainly afford to ignore the PS3 or otherwise do just about anything they want.

    • subedii says:

      I fully agree, there is no benefit to Valve staying on the PC platform, they need to ditch it immediately.

      The fact that they have an effective stranglehold on the digital distribution market across the entire platform is utterly meaningless to mention. As is the fact that Valve titles released on the system make approximately 3x-4x times their boxed retail counterparts on the other platforms. Or the fact that owning their own store and community allows them pricing flexibility that no publisher is really capable of enforcing at the street level, and that they are allowed to update their titles at will, free of charge. Or even that multiplatform development really is a necessity with rising development costs.

      Really, I mean it, ignore all the financial reasons, Valve have to abandon the platform if there’s to be any hope of PC Gaming finally being announced dead for reals this time and to ensure the survival of precious trolls such as the poster above.

    • qrter says:

      And, it seems, much lower sales than other platforms

      I’d be surprised if any Valve game that is available on both the 360 and PC, hasn’t sold a boatload more on the PC.

    • Kadayi says:

      Of course they’ll abandon the PC because let’s face it Steam is such a HUGE failure of an enterprise.


    • torchedEARTH says:

      Hooray, it’s coming to a platform which many extremely intelligent adults play on.

      …and we play it on 40″+ HD televsions. How big is your PC monitor again? Sorry, is that even a size??

    • thinsoldier says:

      Speaking of the demise of pc gaming and ditching the platform…

      If there was a way to play fps’ on consoles with a proper mouse and keyboard AND if the developers of console fps took measures to ensure a pleasant experience for gamers using kb/mouse on consoles then I’d have bought all the current gen consoles by now.

      On the flip side, a lot of pc gamers now-a-days have an x-box 360 or similar gamepad. PC Game devs need to make sure their games work with gamepads too.

    • Party Man says:

      Why would Valve want to abandon PC games? There’s more people with PCs ( and Macs) in the World than people with Xbox 360s. And not every country in the world has a store that sells Xbox or PS3 games, let alone the console.

  2. Wes says:

    Terrible, terrible surprise.

    • Pattom says:


    • Pattom says:

      Well, I’ll admit that trailer is worth it just for the final quote. But still a tremendously disappointing surprise.

    • RagingLion says:

      I have to admit this was perhaps my favourite moment of E3 so far and I LOLed as Gabe Newell walked out on stage. I only own a PC but the political significance of this and knowing the background to it all made it very cool. It’s all relatively spurious ultimately but I was watching the E3 conferences for entertainment and this certainly was (in related news check out the Kevin Butler appearance).

    • Davie says:

      Agreed. Portal 1 was on the PS3 too–is it really big enough to constitute a surprise? NEWELL I AM DISAPPOINT.

    • Kadayi says:

      Agreed. If that’s the extent of the Valve news this year (and by the sounds of it, it is) then that’s pretty dismal. Quite frankly for the vast majority of people who care for Valve as a developer this is may be a surprise, but it sure as hell isn’t ‘news’ any of us give a shit about.

      Major letdown……..

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  3. battles_atlas says:

    Gabe looked like a little bit of him died inside as he talked up the awesomenessity of the fact that the PS3 has online capabilities.

  4. westyfield says:

    Here’s Gabe talking words about PS3s and consoleboxes.
    link to

    “The best version on any console”

    So, still not as good as the PC one then?

    • battles_atlas says:

      Thanks, my comment makes sense now

    • Hidden_7 says:

      Yikes, people cheered that the surprise is it’s on PS3? I mean, no slagging on the PS3, I’ve got (a broken) one, but that’s just a dull surprise. It’s neither particularly surprising (the first one was on PS3, most games are multi-platform these days) nor is it interesting. After any amount of “surprise buildup” I’d be more inclined to boo.

  5. Tweakd says:

    Wowowowowowow. It moves!

  6. rocketman71 says:

    So bloody FUCKING what?. If this is the surprise.. wow. Then, from now on Valve just STFU until you release your games. Way to hype the shit out of nothing for most of us.

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      It’s hardly fair to complain that Valve has not lived up to the hype that everyone else created.

      Valve didn’t hype this presentation or the “surprise”. They released a (humorously worded) press release (which they sent to journalists as all games publishers do with press releases as a matter of course), announcing that their previously scheduled event had been cancelled, and instead they would do something—surprising—at E3. (And Portal 2 on PS3 is surprising, especially if Valve is doing it, given their opinion of PS3 at the time of the Orange Box and that they farmed out the PS3 conversion to EA).

      Then, gaming blogs all over the world hyped this up, and we started all kinds of rumours. Valve did go so far as to try and correct the worst rumours (“Portal 2 themed for God’s sake!”).

      The trailer is a bit too brief. Valve was also showing a short gameplay video backstage; I expect that’ll make it onto the web soon.

    • Heliosicle says:

      I think the problem is that Valve has got to the point where ANYTHING it does is hyped up because people want ep 3 so badly.

    • Michael says:

      If their buried Portal 2 screenshots, released earlier this year in such a form as to require the combined forces of Internet obsessives everywhere to uncover, did not convince you that Valve are very well aware of exactly how much hype any information release by them will generate then … well, I don’t know what will.

    • Web Cole says:

      I get the impression that Valve bungled this somewhat, which is uncharacteristic of them, normally they’re very savvy about this sort of thing. But they seem to have gone and created a great deal of hype over something that did not want or deserve hyping.

  7. Brian says:

    Most disappointing surprise ever :(

  8. Navagon says:

    Most sucky surprise since Sink Plunger Simulator. I don’t expect much from Valve anymore, but that was crap.

  9. leo says:

    companion cube 22 seconds in!

  10. Xercies says:

    I thought during the L4D 2 preview phase Gabe said he would never ever release any Valve game on the PS3 because it was fecking difficult to program. Well looks like he changed his mind in a hurry…I wonder why.

    I think Valve have been trolling HL2:Ep3 a bit to much for my book…they better release something soon before they have a revolution on there hands lol.

    • geldonyetich says:

      I thought during the L4D 2 preview phase Gabe said he would never ever release any Valve game on the PS3 because it was fecking difficult to program. Well looks like he changed his mind in a hurry…I wonder why.

      It’s called “having sufficient dosh to easily hire PS3 talent.”

      In any case, I’m not overcritical of the trailer. Looks like it’ll be more of the same, with a richer plot and better technology. That’s pretty much living up to the name of the title: Portal, plus one.

    • bob_d says:

      I know a lot of game programmers who just shake their heads dismissively when talking about PS3 development. Converting an Xbox game to the PC (and vice versa) is trivial, the PS3 requires some serious reworking of the code to get it working well. Programmers know the tricks to get the most performance out of Xboxes and PCs, but not with the PS3 so much.
      I think primarily what’s changed from Valve’s perspective is simply that the PS3 now has a big enough user base such that any games published for it will make substantially more than the extra development cost required to convert games for it.

    • Thants says:

      Wait, what? The Orange Box is already out for PS3.

    • Kadayi says:

      To be fair to Gabe, he made those comments way back before either the PS3 or even the 360 had come out (this was during an interview with 1UP, and even Vista wasn’t out then), and he was making them with a view to the complexities of coding for differing platforms from a virgin standpoint. Right then there were no maps for those territories. 5 years later and there’s a lot more expertise available to buy in to navigate those complexities.

  11. Vandelay says:

    That was the surprise?! Really?!

    Well, lucky PS3 people, but I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say I am extremely disappointed. So, all those nods to Source 2, Duke Nukem, etc. were just nods away from the PS3 release of Portal 2? Maybe something more interesting will come out from Valve at some point.

    Onto the trailer, looks very much like Portal made bigger, so no complaints there. I thought Glados’s voice sounded a bit… underplayed. I’m not really sure, but it didn’t sound quite so sadistic (although the “you monster” at the end was nice.)

    Graphics looked like they might have been improved a fair bit from the previous version of source we had seen. Although this has obviously been touched up a bit for added pretties in the trailer, it certainly looked like we might be seeing some great visuals in game. I found the improvements made in L4D2 to be a little underwhelming and was wondering how much longer Valve could keep going with Source, but this looks like it may be making it a bit more impressive again.

    • alway says:

      Not underplayed, I would say a more accurate term would be ‘sedate.’ Seems we may be cooperating with GLaDOS this time, if the tone and quote at the end are indicative of anything.

    • Theory says:

      What nods? You mean the asinine rumours people had been idly making up?

  12. Xurathar says:

    They can’t abandon PC. You seem to forget that they are the PC, and they control Steam. That’s too much revenue for leaving PC behind. It’s only expanding their market, as every other company wants to do. Valve eats with this.

    Moreover, they’ve already released games for the Xbox 360, so the only problem is.. What a fucking shit of surprise. At least they said that we should lose our hope for Half Life Ep3 :P.

  13. MajorManiac says:

    I found that oddly underwhelming. The graphics look great, but I was kinda hoping for a musical number.

    Having said that, I can’t wait for this to come out.

  14. Gurthang says:

    Way to completely disappoint everyone Valve.

    But I want to believe there’s something more to this. I don’t think they would have an entire E3 presentation and then cancel just for this tiny thing. Here’s hoping they have more awesome games to show (while not keeping my hopes TOO high).

  15. Peter Radiator Full Pig says:

    Maybe the suprise is how shit the suprise was?
    Cause i was suprised they called that a suprise.
    And that they sent out letters to PC gaming journalists about the suprise.

    • benjamin says:

      I have to say I did almost hit something at the sheer rubbishness of the surprise. I wanted Halfe life 3 dammit!

      Valve – a surprise is meant to be exciting, yours was a huge ‘meh’

  16. Blacktick says:

    I also couldn’t give a toss about portal. I was however expecting something other than Gabe kissing Sony’s ass. :D
    He did sound frightful or like he was almost crying…must have been a tough decision for him.

  17. DrGonzo says:

    Was it me or was that trailer ‘meh’? It suggested the new game will just be Portal again but with shinier graphics, which doesn’t seem very Valve to me.

  18. Hobbes says:

    Why would Valve abandon the PC? That makes no sense whatsoever. And yeah Valve, shut the FUCK UP and stop letting us eat too much sugar and get all excited and run around and fall over and then cry like the children we are. I”m going to go hyperventilate into a bag now. [/rant]

    I liked the ‘you monster’ bit, added interest to a rather straightforward trailer. Source is looking nice, music was well chosen, and looks like they’re going to be hitting the physics engine a bit harder, if only for atmosphere/prettiness.

  19. xxstyxx says:

    Wow, so many Haters here?

    • Thants says:

      Haters be hating, yo.

    • xxstyxx says:

      I dont care. ^^
      A nice Game is anounced, im happy.
      So many Guys make a good to a bad News.
      I look so many comparsions the last Months, every Multiplatform Title looks better on the PC, so whats the Problem? ^^

    • Dave says:

      Entire team is babies!

  20. Dominic White says:

    Really guys, you’re not doing too good of a job at looking like the videogaming master race you claim to be. Some of you seem to be genuinely angry that the big announcement was, in fact, good news for people other than you. Throwing a tantrum when the other kid gets given that same toy as you isn’t very nice.

    Yes, it’s mildly dissapointing that the big announcement wasn’t directed at us. But it was fairly big for PS3 owners. They’re not just getting Portal 2 – they’re getting Steam, which is a pretty major thing.

    • Jaytiz says:

      Our favourite pc dev’s surprise is console related, how is this reaction not completely obvious

    • Bozzley says:

      Steamworks, not Steam. Steamworks is Valve’s behind-the-scenes gubbins for multiplayer, achievements, auto-updates and the like. Steam is their digital store. One doesn’t necessarily mean the other.

    • Dominic White says:

      Mild dissapointment is an acceptable response. Thrashing and flailing and gnashing of teeth is what babies do.

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      No, no, babies do thrashing and flailing and gnashing of gums.

    • Dominic White says:

      Yeah, well, they’d be gnashing their teeth if they had them!

      Anyway, this E3 in general has been a bit of a damp squib for most of the companies involved. Except for Nintendo, who have, once again, utterly conquered the handheld market and reinforced their position with the Wii. Sony kinda held their own with their Move controller (it’s the Wii controller, but black), and Microsoft… well, the less said about them, the better.

    • Vandelay says:

      Perhaps me saying “extremely disappointed” was a bit of an overstatement. Personally, I’m just disappointed that it wasn’t HL2:ep3 news, as I have been disappointed for the last couple of E3s.

      I’m also not too sure what Gabe meant when he said that the PS3 would be getting Steam. The way he said it, it sounded as if they would just be getting achievements and the like, rather than a full on content delivery system. Something like that would probably have been worthy of its own announcement, instead of tacked onto Portal 2.

    • Dr. Wily says:

      Agreed, Dominic.

      Lately it seems that the anti-console sentiment around here is approaching the same level of crazy vitriol that you might find in an Xbox vs Playstation debate on Joystiq. Its a bit unseemly for people who consider themselves smarter and more sophisticated than other gamers…

    • Meat Circus says:

      Having sat through all three keynotes, I think my anti-console vitriol is quite justified, thank you.

      Except for Nintendo, whose heady mixture of palpating my nostalgia and handheld gimmicry exempts them for this year.

    • Dominic White says:

      Vitriol? Deserved? Bah. Sony have earned my general apathy this E3, and Microsoft have my pity. I don’t think they realised just how ridiculous any of them looked up on stage demoing that mess of technology.

      But the 3DS? Yeah, Nintendo have earned my open, gaping wallet this christmas. I want one of those.

    • Coded One says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Dominic.

      I think everyone thought that the “surprise” was going to be HL2EP3, despite Valve announcing that “IT’S PORTAL THEMED FOR GODS SAKE!”

      But really people, chill out.

    • Meat Circus says:

      Here’s a photograph that may make you love consoles again. It’s Playstation Move!

      link to


    • Will Tomas says:

      I’ve been too busy recently to follow the E3 coverage – why was Microsoft’s so dire? I saw they renamed Natal, but other than that was was awful about it?

    • Jad says:

      Some of you seem to be genuinely angry that the big announcement was, in fact, good news for people other than you.

      Thank you. I remember some console players cheering the lack of dedicated servers in MW2 with “why should the PC get anything more than consoles” and I thought they were being selfish assholes. To be angry that a console is merely getting a game that we will have as well — and in, as we all know, for Valve games, is an inferior format — is insane.

      In the larger gaming industry, this is very big news — a full-length game that is the sequel to one of the highest-rated games ever released on a platform that no one expected. For the average gamer this is in fact significantly bigger news than HL2: EP3, which, as wonderful as that would be, is in the end merely an expansion pack.

      Think about that. For console gamers, we PC gamers are crying and wailing over a shorter-than-full-length “episode” to an-already-released game. You know what they call that in consoleland? DLC!

      I’m sure I’ll get ripped apart for saying all that, but Portal 2 is significantly bigger news than Ep3 would be. (although a true Half-Life 3 would be enormous and earth-shattering)

    • Michael says:

      I’m a PS3 owner. It wasn’t that exciting. I thought the release of Portal 2 for the PS3 had already been announced? As for Steam on the PS3, I don’t really know what that will amount to but it’s not exactly got me wetting my pants. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that Valve are taking my console seriously – it bodes well for the mythical Episode 3 – but it’s not a big announcement.

      The real surprise was Gabe sucking up to Sony. And that just goes to show how self-absorbed the games industry is. All that hype for this moment – the boss of one important company cow-towing to the boss of a more important company. There was basically no news there that was of interest to the punters. It was all just corporate dick waving.

    • Thants says:

      Have I gone crazy, or is everyone on this thread missing the fact that Portal and HL2 are already on PS3? Making Portal 2 on PS3 not surprising at all.

    • Muzman says:

      Meat Circus says:
      Here’s a photograph that may make you love consoles again. It’s Playstation Move!

      link to


      Oh Heavy Rain 2 is going to be quite the thing to watch people play.

  21. James G says:

    The PCG Steam group said that the ‘surprise’ wasn’t “particularly good news for us PC gamers,” which initially I took to mean it was bad news, so the actual surprise was a relief.

    To people criticising Valve for ‘hyping up’ the surprise, I have to say I think that blame goes to the fans. Unfortunately, given Valve’s tendency to use crazy-awesome marketing, people got a touch over excited. Valve to their credit tried to play down the surprise as soon as they realised that folk were expecting them to announce that every copy of Portal 2 would come with an elixir of life, and a bullet proof roadmap to peace in the middle east.

    • The Unbelievable Guy says:

      This guy is correct.
      I’m just happy because Portal 2 means more of Chet Faliszek and Ellen McLain’s soothing/terrifying voice.

  22. Jaytiz says:

    Gabe singing ps3 praise. That indeed is a bug fucking surprise

  23. Karthik says:

    Is that a new source engine I spy? It looks positively fantastic.

    • Karthik says:

      And I thought The Orange Box was always available on both consoles.

    • CMaster says:

      @Karthik – the PS3 version of The Orange Box was done by a 3rd party, and is widely considered a poor port, with performance issues making it difficult for many reviewers to recommend.

    • DarkNoghri says:

      As I recall (or am reminded by reading comments), there was a PS3 version of the Orange Box, but Valve didn’t do the port. It was handed off to EA.

    • DarkNoghri says:

      Doh. That’s what I get for leaving the page open for a while.

    • Kadayi says:

      Albeit that they designed the Source engine to evolve. I wouldn’t be surprised if they ship Portal 2 using a fully updated engine (Source 2.0?) rather than continue to build on the existing architecture. One area that Valve under estimated with Source was the map extents, with many other competing engines able to handle far larger areas. They’ve employed good sleight of hand in their titles to cover up this aspect (pretty much all their game levels zig zag, esp the driving levels), but naturally it’s stifled what can be done with the engine by third parties. A new ground up engine would explain the delay in EP3 as well (though I expect EP3 will be rolled into HL3).

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      phuzz says:

      New source engine does indeed look lovely, is that some better destructo physics I spy? (probably not, but it’s nice to dream).
      And it sounds like a lot of the mapping for this has been done by Adam Foster of Minerva fame, which is only a good thing.

  24. Steven Hutton says:

    I was actually surprised by this surprise. Given the previous history of Valve and the PS3.

  25. dragon_hunter21 says:

    I’m thinking I’m going to like GLaDOS even more this time around. The last line slayed me.

    But yeah, I’m very disappointed bordering on flat pissed that the big surprise was PS3 support. I’m sure the game is going to be awesome, but really, Valve? You had to know that the only people watching for your announcement were games journalists and PC gamers. You wasted E3 on an announcement like that? You could have just tossed that out there anytime. And then declaring that the PS3 version is going to be the best? Better than the PC (which Valve is accustomed to developing for), even after you said that the PS3 was a mess to develop for? The hell are you thinking, Gabe?

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      He didn’t say better than PC—he said the best on consoles.

    • dragon_hunter21 says:

      “Portal 2 will be better on consoles.”
      “The PS3 version of Portal will be better than the PC version.”

      Aren’t they pretty much the same statement (Though the first is more general)?

      Also, the “Hivemind Thrombometer reading” must be off. It’s only registering at eight tenths of a percent, and cursory glance over this thread shows otherwise..

    • Pesforozo says:

      Quote: ”Portal 2 on playstation 3 will be the best version on any console.”

      Subtext: (But not better than on PC)

    • Coded One says:

      “Aren’t they pretty much the same statement (Though the first is more general)?”

      Uh… no.

      The PC is not a console. Valve has enough sense to realize that the PC is inherently better then consoles. Don’t misconstrue Gabe’s words just to give you a bigger reason to throw a fit.

    • dragon_hunter21 says:

      Oh. Crap.

      Serves me right for forgetting to check the exact wording before posting.

      Also, in the same vein, it appears that the Hivemind Thrombometer is in fact the Hivemind Throbometer.

      I feel quite silly now.

  26. EthZee says:

    Isn’t there still a PC conference of some sort left to go? There’s still time for new things.

    I’m quite shocked at all the rage on here.

    *pushes PS3 underneath bed with toe*

  27. RC-1290'Dreadnought' says:

    The record scratch surprise was better.

  28. Wulf says:

    Rather liking the look of this, and a little optimistic. It might not live up to the original, but it does look a bit good.

    The world-weary sounding GLaDOS was interesting.

    • James G says:

      It does sound like she’s gone through a bit of maturing in the 200 (?) odd years she’s been repairing herself. In the original game, her jibes had a childish character about them, like a child pretending to be a parent, it will be interesting if we have someone a bit older. I can’t quite decide if a teenage GLaDOS would be fantastic, or terrible.

      I’m also wondering if GLaDOS will be antagonist again, or whether things will be played slightly differently.

    • Wulf says:

      It’s interesting, the more i listen, the more it sounds like they’ve actually tried to humanise GLaDOS’s voice, because it’s actually quite pleasant compared to the much more mechanical version we’re used to.

      If that is the case, and GLaDOS has been anthropomorphised to a degree, the question then is: Why?

    • DrGonzo says:

      I think because in the first game she was kinda just a joke, this time she will be a proper character.

  29. Zetetic says:

    Urgh, a waste of everybody’s time and a disaster on many levels.
    I’d say, even at this late date, they should just cancel it and do a do over.

    • passingtramp says:

      You got that from this one short trailer?

    • Zetetic says:

      To be honest, I was probably trolling. They’re just Gabe’s comments on the PS3 from close to its launch. In fairness he admitted that today was a retraction and that Sony ‘has worked extremely hard’ to make the platform the most desirable’. The trailer’s good, the surprise is rubbish. I’m impressed at what Source can do, and I’m also hoping that if the PS3 port brings us anything, it’s better multicore support.

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    DollarOfReactivity says:

    Surprise, indeed. I wonder if the “Steamworks and automatic updates” thing is a direct dig at Microsoft and the (apparent) restrictions Valve has faced updating their Orange Box games on the XBox.

    Surely the PS3 and XBox can already do the things Steamworks provides, and Valve has had a better release experience on Xbox up to this point, but maybe they’re getting fed up with MS?

    Would have liked some PC news, but the preview is nice. :)

    • Dominic White says:

      A lot of indie studios are reporting that Sony have been absolutely golden, with regards to publishing their stuff on PSN. Microsoft, on the other hand, require you (no joke) to have a contract with a major publisher willing to negogiate on your behalf. Microsoft will not communicate with studios directly. At all.

      It’s control freakery on a massive level. Quite weird to see, and ultimately self-destructive. I’ve been rather impressed with how Sony have turned things around after getting caught completely on the wrong foot at the start of this console generation.

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      DollarOfReactivity says:

      Yes. The more I think about it the more sense it makes. Valve (as Gabe just reiterated) is all about service now. XBox has just been the plain game up to this point, but maybe they see Sony letting them bring the service to the living room through the PS3.

    • frymaster says:

      @dominic: well, introversion have (on balance) good things to say about microsoft, but the general point I would agree with: MS seem to want discrete packages of (paid-for) DLC, not incremental improvements. MS also wouldn’t let people use their own achievements systems (which is, in one respect, a Good Thing (TM) as it stops the proliferation of accounts you get on the PC – rockstar, gamespy, steam, GFWL etc. though in this case it’s OK ‘coz I have a steam account)

      I also know that valve had to go through some strenuous begging to be allowed to run L4D servers for xbox, instead of just have P2P (compare and contrast with modern warfare 2 ;) )

      one thought that comes to mind is that this is, in part, due to whatever work they’ve done to get the mac version running. Once you have simultaneous compiling for 2 platforms, adding a third isn’t as hard – though at least the mac and PC shared a common processor architecture.

    • Dominic White says:

      Introversion got in before Microsofts policy changed. It was a relatively recent move, but a lot of smaller XBLA developers would never have gotten the chance to release a game under the current business model.

  31. Internet Friend says:

    I fear Portal 2. Can they resurrect Glados without souring her perfect character arc?

  32. Atalanta says:

    Ooooh, the plant-infested test chambers look really nice. I liked the aesthetic of the first, but by the last test chamber it was getting visually kind of stale, so this is a really nice change.

    Also, wow, there’s rather more gnashing of teeth and rending of garments in the comments thread than I was expecting. Chill out, guys, Valve isn’t going to cancel Christmas abandon PCs.

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      DollarOfReactivity says:

      Whoa, thought you wrote “removing of garments”. That would be disturbing and the end of RPS as we know it. Maybe RPS needs a vent board that all these posts can get moved to.

  33. Poltergeist says:

    More talking about the trailer, please! Acid techno in my Portal 2 yes please!

  34. Zyrxil says:

    Meh surprise, but really nice trailer. The re-construction of rooms is quite cool. I wonder how many rooms will simply stayed ruined, with a numbered sign to remind us of what it looked like from the first game.

  35. dartt says:

    Man, everyone is pouting like the child who didn’t get the parcel when the music stopped.

    What a shame, the surprise wasn’t for we PC Gamers! Are we not at least consoled (hah!) by how wonderful Portal 2 looks in the trailer?

  36. Rabidzombie says:

    Gabe is ALWAYS nervous. I suspect he was genuine about the enthusiasm of the openness of the PS3. I know I would be, especially since they’ve had to deal with… Microsoft… these past few years.

  37. colinmarc says:

    lol, get over it, guys. The trailer looks awesome – I’m pumped.

    I’m really enjoying some of the commenters on youtube that seem to think it’s going to be PS3 exclusive…

    • James G says:

      Haha, Portal 2 being a PS3 exclusive would probably have me joining the AIMs, closely followed by purchasing a PS3. (Something I’m vaguely tempted by anyway.)

  38. Schmung says:

    How lovely. Portal was (for me) the bestest thing Valve ever did. I hope for an extended and richer experience of said game. Looks like that is exactly what they’re giving us. I am happy.

  39. Frosty says:

    Yay Portal 2! Still secretly hoping that tomorrow they’ll announce HL2:Ep3.

  40. CMaster says:

    If that footage was all genuinely in game, then Valve appear to have improved the shadow effects quite a lot in source. Of course, an action trailer like that doesn’t really get Portal across so well. I always thought the first Portal trailer did a very good job of getting why Portal was interesting across, while still leaving lots to be discovered in game.

    Still, I like the atmosphere.

  41. Zwebbie says:

    Call me a hopeless cynical bastard, but I think a lot of Portal’s charm came from it being unexpected; witnessing the dizzying effect of Portals, GLaDOS’ subtle changes in speech as you progress throughout the game and the absurdity of the situation with the Companion Cube… I don’t think it’ll work nearly as well with a sequel.
    I loved the original, but a second one leaves me cold. Portal wasn’t really a game that could be improved.

  42. Tim says:

    This comment thread is so depressingly pathetic, I think in future I’ll skip reading the comments and just post about the article before I get demoralized..
    I feel like I lost 20 IQ points reading them. This is all I have left:

    That was an awesome trailer. I’m sooo looking forward to Portal 2.

  43. Miles of the Machination says:

    Forget the surprise. You guys, THAT WAS JUST A TRAILER FOR PORTAL 2. I must say that I was cynical, and I might still be a little bit cynical. I mean, it’s portal, it’s just not PORTAL.. I think half the reason why everyone liked the first one so much, was because it was small and reeked of indie. Now it’s just a game, albiet a very good looking one, and by Valve’s standards, a very well playing one. I guess I’m just nostaligic/pretentious.

  44. snv says:

    This might be bad news, because if they design that from the start for consoles, it might be worse for that reason even on the pc.

    The flaws of consoles are contagious

    • Hidden_7 says:

      The Orange Box released at the same time across all three systems. I’m pretty sure this will be no different; designed on and for the PC, with the knowledge that it will be on Xbox and PS3.

    • Nobody Important says:

      The flaws of your logic are contagiouser.

  45. Bhazor says:

    This really is a terrible surprise when every other Half Life related game has already gone multi-platform.

    But still, more Portal! Now hopefully without the hour long tutorial leading you by the nose through the first half of the game.

  46. Polysynchronicity says:

    Companion cube in the trailer at 0:21, on the right side.

    Just sayin’.

  47. Choca says:

    Just saw the game at E3.

    Levels seem more open than before, vegetation is everywhere (apparently the lab was invaded by vines and stuff after GalDOS was put down)

    The main character is still the same but we get a sidekick, some sort of tiny robot-eye (looks like the modules we ripped out during the fight against GlaDOS) with an british accent and funny dialogue.

    There are also new mechanics, like some kind of tractor beam that can travel through portals, two kinds of kinetic gels (looks like paint, one makes you jump higher when you step on it the other makes you run faster when you step on it, can travel through portals too).

    The turrets have new dialogue ; they scream “It burns” when you.. well, burn them and “Weeee” when you put them through the Pneumatic Diversity Vent (think vacuum cleaner, only bigger).

    Apparently the co-op mode will make you play two robots and there will be no demo.

    • Meat Circus says:

      “Pneumatic Diversity Vent” — That’s so Valve.

    • Choca says:

      Also featured were the Aerial Faith Plate (a trampoline) and the Thermal Discouragement Beam (basically a big burning laser beam)

  48. Paul Moloney says:

    I’m guessing your schtick is to go onto related blogs and say “I hate “.


  49. Inigo says:

    link to
    Gameplay footage.
    With bonus Orange Gloop™

    • Bhazor says:

      That looked tough, confusing, bewildering and atmospheric. Thats the kind of Portal trailer I’ve been waiting for.

    • DrGonzo says:

      That looks amazing. They should have just shown the game rather than a trailer!