Portal 2 has been announced after being teased within a sly patch to the original game. Valve today revealed a sequel to the 2007 game, further including a secret message.
Could the PS3 be alive for a Portal sequel? The original was included in The Orange Box, where the PS3 port was created by EA; a product that Valve has expressed regret over. Since then Valve has been developing for the PC and Xbox 360 only. Portal 2 has now been announced and though platforms have yet to be revealed, there must be some hope that the game will come to Sony’s console.
In other news, Valve’s announcement on Steam News includes a number of underlined letters, as can be see here:
Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Left 4 Dead, Counter-Strike and Half-Life) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Portal 2 for shipment this coming holiday season.
Portal 2 is the sequel to 2007’s Portal, which won 70 industry achievement awards.
When compiled, “Dr Attmann” and “h0nee” are revealed, which we believe to be a username and password. And with the help of the fine folks at Reddit, here’s a Pastebin of the results when inputting this data in a Bulletin Board System. What it unveils is too much for us to investigate, so we’ll leave that to you.
[UPDATE] – These images have been revealed from this login data, one of which suggests co-operative play:
The game, which is coming this holiday season, also features on the front and back pages of the upcoming GameInformer Magazine. In the images you’ll be surprised to notice exterior landscapes, presenting the possibility that Portal 2 is very much a combination of Portal’s sterile interior environment and the serene landscapes of Half Life. Could Portal 2 in fact be Half Life: Episode 3?
[UPDATE 2] – Valve’s Doug Lombardi has told Eurogamer that the game is coming to the PC, Mac and Xbox 360. Of course, there’s still an outside chance of a PS3 port, though we wouldn’t keep your hopes up.
[UPDATE 3] – Gamestop reveals more information on the game and its co-operative multiplayer:
“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.”