Oh, Valve. You make fantastic games, you really do. But just once can you announce a release date and actually ship the game then?
Yes folks, in unsurprising Valve fashion, Portal 2
will not hit it's original scheduled release date of 2010 (with rumours hinting a more precise October window) and instead has been pushed back into 2011. Unsurprising, sure, but still enough to make you weep. The universe's excitement and anticipation will have to bubble away for even longer now
On the bright side, an official (and not at all fictional) Apeture Science employee said the following on the matter:
Aperture Science, doing business as Aperture Laboratories LLC, in partnership with Valve today announced the successful completion of an ethics-review-panel-supervised release date restructuring process. Portal 2, the sequel to the ground-breaking title that earned over 30 Game of the Year awards despite missing its original ship date, is now targeted for a 2011 release.
Representatives from both companies 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.
"Also, the game will be even better," they added, missing an historic opportunity to create the first product delay press release to mention that a product is being delayed to make it worse.
Apeture Science also had to following to say about the planned surprise for E3 (check the related story link below), which may just be more bad news for some of us.
To ask questions about how close we all came to dying, or to ask futile questions about the previously announced E3 ***PORTAL-2-THEMED-FOR-GOD'S SAKE*** surprise or, less futilely, to schedule an appointment to attend a Portal 2 screening at the Valve booth during E3, please contact Valve's delegate to the EU's Valve Time Studies Group, Doug Lombardi.
So not only is Portal 2
delayed, but our hopes for a Half-Life
showing at E3 seem to have been quashed. Why God, WHY?!