Valve has confirmed though Gamescon the release date for the long anticipated Portal 2. Portal 2 will be hitting shelves Feburary 9th, 2011. Also confirmed from previous press releases, Portal 2 will be supported on the Playstation 3, and as Valve originally stated, it will be “the best version on any console”. However, it was also confirmed that Portal 2 will have neither 3D or PlayStation Move support. The game will also launch on the Xbox 360, Mac, PC, and will be released at the same time.
More suprisingly, however, is the direction the voice acting seems to have taken. It was also announced at Gamescon that hit “The Office” actor and writer Stephen Merchant has been selected to voice a “buddy sphere Wheatley” in the upcoming Portal 2.
(Source: CVG & Destructoid)
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There have been various rumors surrounding Valve from when the hired one of the lead developers behind the popular Warcraft 3 mod DoTA. Many people think they may be developing a DoTA game with his help and this copyright lends some more truth to those rumors. Valve has recently filed for something called DOTA. For those not aware DoTA is essentially a competitive multiplayer RPG that takes place over one match.
Portal 2 was originally scheduled to launch this Holiday season, but no more. Valve has pushed the title back to 2011. Why? I’ll let the press release explain.
“Representatives from both companies [Aperture Science and Valve] acknowledged that public safety concerns factored into the decision. They went on to say that even though Portal 2 will arrive slightly later than planned, all life on earth won’t instantaneously stop as every molecule in your body explodes at the speed of light, which is what would happen should a rip ever appear in the fabric of Valve Time.”
Kind of stinks that the window is not even Spring 2011, just 2011. Hopefully we will get a more solid date, or at least window, soon.
Portal 2’s show at E3 was canceled due to a special “surprise” announcement. Many thought it might be Half-Life 2: Episode 3, but Newell shot it down simply saying, “It isn’t ep 3.”
Blue Shift 2 plox.
Valve has just released it’s Mac version of the Steam client from Beta. It is now available to all Mac users. Today Portal is immediately available, as well as Runic Games’ Torchlight, but every Wednesday they will add more games from the massive library of games currently only available on Windows.
The best part about all this is if you already own the Windows version of a game through Steam, then when/if it is built for Mac, you will get it for free. Further, all Mac gamers will be able to play online games, such as the upcoming Team Fortress 2, on the same servers as their Windows comrades.
This holiday season, Portal 2 will be released for both Windows and Mac on the same date, as will all future Valve releases. The updates Source engine should also make it much easier for third-party developers to port their game. Also announced today was a Linux version of Steam in development, bridging the gaming gap between all operating systems.
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UPDATE: Portal is also FREE until May 24th for both Windows and Mac!
Yesterday Valve announced a handful of titles that they will be bringing to Mac via their new steam service for the platform. The original Left 4 Dead was missing from the list, but the Left 4 Dead blog confirmed the two year old shooter will be making its way to Mac as well.
Mac users might also be able to enjoy another shooter soon, Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Karl Magnus Troedsson of DICE said “We’re currently investigating the possibility of making BFBC2 available on Mac.”
It is good to see that Valve’s decision is making some developers look at Macs again. Hopefully many more will follow.
(Bad Company 2 source: Kotaku)
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Valve announced that Mac users can look forward to playing Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, the Half-Life series, and Counter Strike next month. Valve has announced they will be making steam available to Mac users.
“As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients. The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services,” said Gabe Newell, company president of Valve.
The Mac version of steam will have all the features of the PC version in addition to a new one called Steam Play. This new feature allows consumers to download a title for free on the Mac version of Steam if they already purchased it on their PC steam account.
Valve plans on making MAC a “tier-1 platform”. Any titles released in the future by Valve, the first of which to be Portal 2, will be available on Mac the same day as the PC and Xbox 360 versions.
PC and Mac users will be running on the same servers, so PC and Mac users can play together in games like Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. Because of this, Mac users will be getting the same update support that the PC version is getting, so no worries about it falling behind on updates.
Hopefully other developers will follow behind Valve and offer their games for Macs as well via Steam. The more games available the better!
A Gamestop listing, which has since cut important information out of the description of the title, revealed a nice chunk of details about the sequel.
The first and probably biggest news is that Portal 2 will feature two player Co-Op. The story and test chambers for the multiplayer will be entirely separate from the single player campaign.
The single player mode will have new characters in the story, while gameplay wise there will be more test chambers than before and new puzzle elements to push the players wits.
The sequel is going to take place in Aperture Science Labs and everyones’ favorite computer GLaDOS will be returning.
Gamestop lists Portal 2 to be due out this Holiday season.
(Original Description Source: Kotaku)
After all the puzzle solving that went on over the past few days, Portal 2 is finally confirmed.
The confirmation comes from Game Informer’s reveal of their next issue’s cover. Game Informer will be bringing the first details on the title. Now we just have to twiddle our thumbs till the magazine hits.
You can check out the full magazine cover after the jump.
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