Portal 2’s Free DLC Arrives October 4th

Valve send word that their free DLC for Portal 2 will arrive on October 4th. Man, I totally already said all that in the headline! Here’s what I didn’t say, which was what Valve said: “In “Peer Review”, you and a friend will continue the story of loyal bots P-Body and Atlas as you puzzle your way through a mysterious new co-op test track and once again match wits with GLaDOS. The DLC also features a single player and co-op Challenge Mode, and leaderboards to compare Challenge Mode scores with friends and the Portal community.”

In other Portal news there’s more Songs TO Test by over here, and I’ve posted quite a special Portal fan video below. Thanks, Jeep!


  1. Vinraith says:

    Here’s hoping for a nice steep sale to go with it. It’s nice to see Valve giving this one some good post-release support.

    • skinlo says:

      Its already only costs £20…

    • Vinraith says:

      Yes, it’s a $30 Steamworks game. That’s why I’m hoping for a sale.

    • Big Murray says:

      Best game of the year and we’re already expecting a sale below the price of £20 after just 6 months?

    • Iskariot says:

      “Best game of the year and we’re already expecting a sale below the price of £20 after just 6 months?”

      Well… fact is hardcopies of Portal 2 can be bought for 15 to 20 euro for several weeks now. So the Steam price should be well below that. But instead Steam asks 50% more! You’ve got to be very careful when buying on Steam. In some cases Steam asks even 200% to 400% more than what a regular retail hardcopy would cost you.

    • Vinraith says:

      “Expecting?” Not really. Hoping for? Sure, why not? I’m not planning to buy it until it’s at an acceptable price point based on its platform limitations and length, there’s no chance I’d ever drop $30 on it. When Valve gets around to offering it at a price point that works for people like me is up to them, of course, and if they’re still making good sales figures at $30 I’m certainly not going to blame them for keeping it up there.

      As to “best game of the year,” I’m sure it is for you, I’m equally sure it won’t be for me.

    • Eclipse says:

      it’s 50% off dude

  2. Shakermaker says:

    To be fair to Valve, we are having an Indian summer over here in the Netherlands.

    • Balobam says:

      Same here in the UK. Dunno what’s going on, but I miss my rainy days and my complaining about i… Oh, I’m complaining anyway. Well I miss the rain at least.

    • boubou_qc says:

      Wow… same here in Québec, September was awesome, almost no rain and pretty hot, dunno what’s going on either… but ain’t complaining of course!

  3. PleasingFungus says:

    Aw, I liked the other post more.

    • Gnoupi says:

      Part of it, as a memorial:

      Free DLC – my favourite kind of DLC. Yessir, I do enjoy not having to spend money, because then I can save it, store it up and build things from it, like a bed or a hat or a bookcase or a winerack. Portal 2′s first major chunk of DLC, now known to be know as Peer Review, will be resolutely no-pennies, and is due for release on October 4. But what will it contain? Stuff.

    • El_Emmental says:

      thanks a lot Gnoupi, you deserve e-pastries !

  4. zeroskill says:

    Free DLC again? Why cant they just stop with all the freeness and mod tool nonsense.

    Whats next, free GAMES?!? Im shocked.

    • ZIGS says:

      Alien Swarm

    • Keymonk says:

      Portal 1. Twice.

    • Creeping Death says:


    • nubbuka says:

      Sarcasm? Never played that…

    • Srethron says:

      Terrible news, friends.The scene release group known as Valve has struck again, announcing that they have already cracked the upcoming Portal 2 DLC! This DLC will soon be available to the masses via a new, dastardly form of DRM (tentatively dubbed “free”) which keeps anyone from paying the developers anything at all. I for one will not stand for it.

  5. The Tupper says:

    Confession to make: I’ve not even finished the original Portal: it beat me. Beat me, I tells ya!

    • Kandon Arc says:

      I managed Portal but I still haven’t got more that halfway through HL2. I am ashamed :(

    • Tams80 says:

      How? How is this even possible?!

    • El_Emmental says:

      nah that’s ok, it took me 3 years to sit down and get myself to finish HL2…

      you just need to decide “ok, this week-end, Portal/Half-Life 2 !”, so : no multiplayer, no forums/comments, no news (well, do the minimum), only actual gaming :D

    • Donncha O Caoimh says:

      Me too, I haven’t finished the first Portal yet. I got as far as the last ball on GladOS but after dying multiple times gave up. I should look up the ending on Youtube …

  6. markcocjin says:

    Guys there’s a cute turret comic hidden in the Portal 2 Soundtrack website. :D

    link to thinkwithportals.com

  7. airtekh says:

    Oh hells yes.

    Absolutely loved Portal 2, my personal game of the year so far. The single player was great but the coop was phenomenal; very much looking forward to more of it.

  8. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    DLC is such a cold term. They should call it something like an “Aperture Science Interactive Electronic Entertainment Enhancement Supplement”.

    • LTK says:

      How are you not making titles for Valve?

    • Tagert says:

      And if you play your ASIEEES with a friend, we’ll throw in a free ASSTUS (Aperture Science Soft Textured Ursidae Simulacrum)

    • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      Please note:

      Aperture Science accepts no responsibility for damage resulting from the improper use of the Aperture Science Interactive Electronic Entertainment Enhancement Supplement.

      Aperture Science accepts no responsibility for damage resulting from the proper use of the Aperture Science Interactive Electronic Entertainment Enhancement Supplement.

      Aperture Science accepts no responsibility for damage resulting from accidental use as an Aperture Science Interactive Electronic Entertainment Enhancement Suppository.

      Remember: Science is fun! Lets keep unnecessary suffering to a necessary minimum.

  9. djbriandamage says:

    I love you, Valve. My heart goes aflutter when you approach and I ogle your rear as you walk by. You’re the whole package, and not some shallow butterface like Ubisoft or EA. Be mine, Valve, and we’ll run off to a gumdrop palace in Neverneverland where they play nothing but the hamster dance song all day.

  10. UnravThreads says:

    Yay that it’s finally coming.
    Yay soundtrack volume 3.
    Boo Valve and their stupid Valve Time.

    • Wulf says:

      I think this is the Valve Respect Chain at work, which I mentioned on the forums, and I’ve no doubt extends to their actual development people. What I suspect is going on here is that instead of Valve pushing people toward deadlines with excessive, soul-crushing crunch time (a la EA), they instead just extend the deadline.

      They know we’re okay with it, so long as it’s good when it does arrive. Would it be good if part of it was developed in a rushed way (crunch time)? Well, mostly, but it would show, there’d be that lack of polish and professionalism. So instead, they just extend deadlines and give their development people more time to do stuff right at their own pace.

      This is what we call Valve Time™.

      I wish more developers and big publishers utilised Valve Time™. So far, only ArenaNet seems to other than Valve themselves.

    • UnravThreads says:

      I’m not okay with it.

      If you say you’re going to deliver in a month’s time, you deliver in a month’s time. If you can’t, you go “Sorry, but this is going to take longer than we anticipated”. You shouldn’t have to go “Oh, it’s just Valve being Valve” because it gives them an air of being exempt from normal business procedures.

      Yes, they’re high quality games, but it’s clear Valve haven’t even got the faintest idea of how to stick to a deadline so they should probably pull a Blizzard and just stop giving dates.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      Blizzard does it too.

    • UnravThreads says:

      No, they don’t. Blizzard say “Soon” like it’s going out of fashion. They rarely give dates unless they’re 100% certain of them.

      Valve give actual time frames (e.g. “In August”) and then consistently fail to meet those time frames.

  11. Asskicker says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, this ruins the whole theorie of them not being able to count to 3. Hence not having released Episode 3 / Half-Life 3.

    link to i.imgur.com

    • UnravThreads says:

      That’s missing a Counter-Strike game (Soon to be two). The original Half-Life story was also made up of three parts (Half-Life, Blue Strike and Opposing Force).

      Mind you, those two HL expansions were by Gearbox so likely don’t count. But still, CS is on its third ‘release’ iteration now, the fourth is on its way.

    • Asskicker says:

      But, But…
      It doesn’t have the numer 3 next to it!

    • Bret says:

      And this is the first instance.
      It’s baby steps. Like Bob always said, baby steps.

  12. chabuhi says:

    Free is good – oh, wait … co-op only? Damn – maybe I should rethink my “friends are overrated” philosophy.

    • LionsPhil says:

      I actually managed to find a friend who was willing to co-ordinate on Portal 2 co-op, only for us to spend hours trying to make the damn thing work. For some unknown reason we were getting truly massive amounts of lag—seconds’ worth. As in for the host the other player just didn’t move, and for the guest you couldn’t move. But occasionally you’d teleport somewhere.

      No idea why since both of us have fine connections and all the sundry Steam/Source ports were forwarded. Most annoying.

    • Armante says:

      “The DLC also features a single player and co-op Challenge Mode, and leaderboards to compare Challenge Mode scores with friends and the Portal community”

      That’s what I thought, but there’s single-player goodness too

  13. LionsPhil says:

    How dare they! I refuse to buy this!

  14. goldrunout says:

    Have you guys noticed this??
    link to thinkwithportals.com

    From the music page

  15. thatcity says:

    it’s almost time to redoing some testing! thanks Valve

  16. Shadrach says:

    That video is amazing, so well-made.
    Compy 386 – Strongbad reference!

    • Electric Dragon says:

      Plus Office Space’s “PC Load Letter”. Also, at 12:23, Futurama.

    • Danny252 says:

      I do think they really nailed it at times in that.

      And the fact it’s 20 minutes long – damn, some work really went into it!

    • Ergates_Antius says:


  17. ResonanceCascade says:

    Excellent news, the co-op mode was fantastic.

    Hopefully they’ll work in a self-contained single player story that makes use of the much-hyped F-Stop at some point as well.

  18. skinlo says:

    Great news :D

  19. thatcity says:

    hei guys now that we have all the songs from the game,my question is: what’s your favorite song?
    mine is “the turret song”,so “cara mia addio”..of course i love “want you gone” and the less recognizable but really good “the friendly faith plate”,i like electro music..

    • Srethron says:

      Those are all good choices. I’d add Robots FTW. Also Exile Vilify / Chell in the Rain, but that’s old news now.

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  21. The Dark One says:

    You misled me, Jim. You said it was due on the fourth, but next Wednesday is the fifth. Considering what time of day Valve usually unlocks these things, it might even be the sixth in the UK!

  22. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    I was just listening to the soundtrack in the background as I flicked through a book, then all of a sudden I got a chill down my spine and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up – it was the GLaDOS theme. Slow, deliciously menacing, and dripping with contempt. The music of Portal 2 is so evocative, but I keep even forgetting it is there it complements the action so well.

  23. JiminyJickers says:

    Sweet! Some more single player action, very good news. Hopefully whaterever they add is somehwat intellectually stimulating. Enjoyed Portal 2 but it was pretty easy.

  24. Syra says:


    • Ergates_Antius says:

      = extra content. For free.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Well, once upon a time good developers did used to give extra content in patches; an extra multiplayer map or two wasn’t uncommon, or some new units if it was an RTS. The Unreal Tournaments are a great example of free stuff in patches and bonus packs, back when Epic loved us.

      DLC is just today’s buzzword. (I remember when the paid-for ones were mission disks or expansion packs…)

    • LostViking says:

      Who cares what it’s called as long as its free ;)

  25. MrLate says:

    Next Wednesday = 5th

    Why every gaming site is saying it is 4th?
    “Oh yeah, by the way, before we forget, the first Portal 2 DLC, “Peer Review” will be out next Wednesday. For free.”

  26. Jahkaivah says:

    I’m kind of hoping they would take advantage of the new test subjects found at the end of the co op with this.

    Imagine if for this DLC you play a random test subject and instead of reloading, when you die you respawn as another random test subject. Your previous play being revealed to have been a recording shown to the next test subject along with Glados saying something sarcastic like “try not to get yourself killed like he did”.

    • thatcity says:

      it’s a good idea but from what i read all the new test chambers will be focused on P-body and Atlas so i think we will not see that..