While Portal 2 was originally slated for a 2010 release, Valve announced just before E3 that it would be delayed until next year. The internet subsequently cried.
But today at Gamescom, Valve have just announced that the wait for the sequel won't be too much longer, shipping on February 9th, 2011!
Oddly enough though, February 9th is a Wednesday, so this may be a worldwide release date. There's no confirmation on that, but seeing as games release on a Tuesday in North America and a Friday in Europe, it seems like an odd date to choose. Unless I'm missing something?
Valve have also announced that the character of Wheatley will be voiced by the co-writer of The Office and Extras and regular Ricky Gervais cohort, Stephen Merchant. The character of Wheatley is... well, remember the end of the first game, in the fight with GLaDoS, where you threw her personality cores into that burning pit? In the sequel, these cores have become independent and active beings that Chell will interact with through the story, one of which is Wheatley.
Because there's never a bad time to watch a Portal 2 trailer, here's the E3 trailer released back in June to get excited over again:
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