Portal 2 E3 event cancelled, replaced by 'surprise'

Today, several major internet sources including the guys over at 1UP, received an email from Valve informing them that the Portal 2 presentation at the upcoming E3 event has been cancelled. The slot will be filled by a 'surprise' announcement, the email went as follows:

 

Dear Subject Name Here,

Aperture Science is pleased to inform you that we have partnered with Valve to announce the gala CANCELLATION of the June 14 Portal 2 event at the Regal Theater. The event will be replaced by a surprise. And even though the cancellation of the event certainly counts as a surprise, we are pleased to further announce that the cancellation of the event is not THE surprise. However, per International treaties regarding the definition of the word "surprise", of which both Aperture Science and Valve are signatories, the time, date and content of the actual surprise will only become available as you experience the surprise.

If you'd like to ask fruitless questions about the E3 Portal 2 surprise or, more fruitfully, schedule an appointment to attend a Portal 2 screening at the Valve booth during E3, please contact Valve's Special Envoy to Surprises, Doug Lombardi.

Thank you for   [[RECORD SCRATCH!!!]]

PS: The surprising record scratch is also not the surprise.

 

This news is certainly a shock for most; but it is not unlike Valve to pull such a stunt. Portal 2 is one of the most highly anticipated games of this year, so any news on its progress and release would have been very welcome to most. The sequel to the 2007 hit game Portal has been hugely hyped all over the Internet but details have been fairly limited since the March 5th announcement of its release.

Portal 2 is set hundreds of years after the first game in which the super computer GLaDOS still remains intact despite its apparent destruction at the end of the first game. The game will also be played as the same protagonist, Chell, who has been in a state of stasis since the first game. In addition to the typical single player Portal 2 campaign consisting of several GLaDOS created trial levels and "behind the scene" levels, the sequel will also have a large cooperative campaign; both players will have their own portal gun and each player will be able to move through the portals of either player freely, making for far more complicated puzzles than were previously possible with one gun. 

But the real question is what does Valve have in store that is more important than Portal 2 news? Are we finally going to receive an announcement about Half-Life 2 Episode 3? The surprise itself may well be Portal related but who knows what they have in store.

Portal 2 is expected to hit in Q4 of 2010.

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the surprise is just a cake. and the cake is just a lie. So they will tell as that half life 3 is coming with superb graphics and it will never happen

I don't see why everybody wants a new engine. L4D2 looks amazing at maximum settings, Robert Briscoe's (http://www.littlelostpoly.co.uk/devblog/) work shows that source can be capable of beautiful environments, and Portal 2 screenshots show the implementation of fully dynamic lighting. It's fine the way it is. Sure, some new water effects would be nice, but that's really it.

Hope it's nothing to do with Apple, as they threw in the words "fruitless" and "fruitfully".

Want more Half Life, preferably on an updated engine.

dj_alex_m said,
Oh, and no one has mentioned maybe CSS2?

oh noes, another counter strike!.

I don't mind counter strike but i hate the counter strike community, because they are so centered in a single game. A addict to counter strike can talk all the day about counter strike.

Magallanes said,

oh noes, another counter strike!.

I don't mind counter strike but i hate the counter strike community, because they are so centered in a single game. A addict to counter strike can talk all the day about counter strike.

Counter Strike was probably one of the first mainstream games with a massive multiplayer fanbase.

That was the first non-valve thing I was thinking. Maybe Steam have swallowed up the dev team for this, and releasing it as a Valve title?

Some bigger than portal 2 I would imagine. My guess goes to the next iteration in the Half-Life series. The series still has good plot potential and its something everone seems to truly want. Left for Dead 3, possible but not a big enough surprise in my opinion to push portal 2 out. Or some new orinigal new IP. But my money goes on HL.

The three episodes are meant to be seen as Half-life 3. Gabe even said he wished he'd called them Half-life 3: Episode blablabla.

svnO.o said,
Orange Box 2.0 ? Half-Life 2: Episode 3, Portal 2, and Left 4 Dead 2 bundled together? Would be awesome!

It should be a Blue Box, so the two boxes would match the portal colors

Howbout... Steam for Mac!
Oh wait.

I certainly welcome this kind of news and it's cool to see a company like Valve have such a great sense of humour. Who knows maybe the real surprise is that the companion cube didn't get incinerated after all. That would make my day!

The Real Alex said,
I hope it's HF 2 Ep.3 on a new engine. (Updated graphics)

Just saying.

Just agreein!

Portal got truly boring after 20 levels or so IMHO.

alfaaqua said,

For you.
Not for the rest of us.

I was pretty bored too...

Holy cow... A hole in the wall... Look, the little ball went through it. Quick jump after it... was pretty boring

geoken said,
Portal 2 = Episode 3.

They could be tying the two together.

That is highly unlikely as Portal 2 is "hundreds of years" after Portal, even if Portal happened before Half-Life it still wasn't hundreds of years. Also the way Episode 2 ended it's not likely to continue that far off in the future anyway. I'm sure there will be some sort of tie in though, considering the Borealis is an Aperture vessel.

Xerxes said,
That is highly unlikely as Portal 2 is "hundreds of years" after Portal, even if Portal happened before Half-Life it still wasn't hundreds of years. Also the way Episode 2 ended it's not likely to continue that far off in the future anyway. I'm sure there will be some sort of tie in though, considering the Borealis is an Aperture vessel.

HL and portal take place around the same time. listen to Still alive. it has a Black Mesa reference

geoken said,
Portal 2 = Episode 3.

They could be tying the two together.


Would be intresting but they are two different games.
One based on killing, the other on puzzles.

Kirkburn said,
It could be: Episode 3, Half Life 3, L4D3, Portal 2, the DotA game, or ... something else.

Oh god I hope it's DotA!

I doubt it will be Episode 3 (although I'd love it to be), my guess is the surprise is Portal 2 is releasing sooner then expected and that Episode 3 has been canceled in favor of Half-Life 4

Note, "Thank you for <>" is supposed to read "Thank you for [[ RECORD SCRATCH!!! ]]" but with angled brackets.

I really wonder what it'll be.

Kirkburn said,
Note, "Thank you for <>" is supposed to read "Thank you for [[ RECORD SCRATCH!!! ]]" but with angled brackets.

I really wonder what it'll be.

fixed it. something weird happened with the angled brackets.

El Marto said,
fixed it. something weird happened with the angled brackets.
Not surprised the CMS would try and parse it. (Happened on a bunch of other sites.) Probably should have done report a problem, but it's an issue with what Valve wrote, rather than you

Jack E said,
hmm Episode 3.... announced at E3, we can only dream <3

Honestly I say screw Ep 3 and give us HL3 on a new engine. I'd rather wait for that.

WICKO said,

Honestly I say screw Ep 3 and give us HL3 on a new engine. I'd rather wait for that.

+1 New Engine all the way!!!!!
Source engine is tired when compared with current offerings from other studios.