The PC version of Portal
recently got an update, adding in loads of incredibly cryptic messages, CCTV footage and morse code, as well as a changed ending to the game. Hardcore Valve fans have spent time decoding and speculating all these various hints, and you can check out their results for yourself here: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11692...
and watch the PC-exclusive new ending here: http://www.gametrailers.com/user-movie/portal-update-new-end...
Today Valve confirmed the speculation with this very brief press release:
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.
Short, but oh-so-sweet!
GameInformer have the exclusive on Portal 2
, with April's issue featuring the game on the cover as well as a massive twelve-page
feature on the game outlining "new gameplay mechanics, storyline, and some surprising new twists." You can see the cover for yourself on GI's website - http://gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2010/03/05/april-cove...
- but you'll have to wait for it to hit new stands to read their exclusive reveals.
However, US retailer GameStop already have Portal 2
up on their site, including a pretty amazing-sounding description of the game:
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.
Mulitplayer co-op puzzles? More GLaDOS? Fresh puzzle elements? I am most definitely, overwhelmingly excited. Uncontrollably excited! So excited that I literally squealed like a little girl and jumped up and down, with a massive smile on my face.