Portal 2 pushed to 2011

Valve has been having a lot of fun with the press in recent weeks. Last week, they sent out a cryptic message stating that their long-planned Portal 2 E3 event had been cancelled and replaced by a surprise. Valve has now confirmed that Portal 2 will slip from its planned November 2010 release date, to sometime in 2011.

In what is becoming traditional fashion, Valve put out another quirky press release announcing this unwelcome news. There are a few details to be gleaned from this release, including confirmation that the promised “surprise” will be Portal 2 related. The final paragraph clears up any confusion by referring to it as the “previously announced E3 ***PORTAL-2-THEMED-FOR-GOD'S SAKE*** surprise.”

Outside of the cheeky citing of “public safety concerns,” no other reasons were given for the game's delay. Valve does make an attempt to allay concern by reminding everyone that the original Portal "earned over 30 Game of the Year awards despite missing its original ship date."

The full release can be found at Giant Bomb and is worth reading for comedic value alone.

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So that was the promised surprise, that it would be delayed? That's idiotic, doesn't Valve know that surprises aren't supposed to be bad news?

Skyfrog said,
So that was the promised surprise, that it would be delayed? That's idiotic, doesn't Valve know that surprises aren't supposed to be bad news?

Tell that to the Cake!

The "public safety concerns" comment is much funnier in context:

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.

There you have it, if they released on time they'd risk tearing a hole in the Valve Time continuum. You wouldn't want that, think of the children!!

I still can't wait to see what they will do with the outside part of Aperture since in the new photos it seems to be leaking into the test chambers.

how about they have a booth with a test chamber where you get to try out portal for REAL...

If only... lol

Redestium said,
I wonder when they're going to claim the code was stolen ala HL2...

They're just trying to coax Kim Swift back! :>

Did you know you can donate one or all of your vital organs to the Aperture Science Self Esteem Fund for Girls? It's true!

mram said,
Did you know you can donate one or all of your vital organs to the Aperture Science Self Esteem Fund for Girls? It's true!

I lol'd.

Examinus said,
What's happening with Valve?

I wonder if developing for multiple platforms has them down. Portal 2 for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 ... I dunno though. They should be on top of this.

ObiWanToby said,

I wonder if developing for multiple platforms has them down. Portal 2 for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 ... I dunno though. They should be on top of this.

Valve has always had this problem though

Simon said,
Valve has always had this problem though

Probably has more to do with their project managers being a bit too optimistic about release dates and giving quotes that are not realistic enough to be met. At least the delay it and don't push out half done products that require DLC later on just to fix tons of bugs and issues.

SputnikGamer said,

Probably has more to do with their project managers being a bit too optimistic about release dates and giving quotes that are not realistic enough to be met. At least the delay it and don't push out half done products that require DLC later on just to fix tons of bugs and issues.

I'd much rather have a more polished product, but this is getting a little silly.

Examinus said,

I'd much rather have a more polished product, but this is getting a little silly.


How is it getting silly? Valve have been notorious for long development times. They got Left 4 Dead 2 out very quick, however (and were met with a lot of fan hatred for it not being large enough to justify a sequel -- I shared these sentiments). As for Portal 2, they're changing it from "before Christmas" to "after Christmas" essentially, so I don't see what's so silly about it.

Examinus said,

I'd much rather have a more polished product, but this is getting a little silly.

They would be better of not announcing dates until during in house testing began so that they could give an education guess based on amount of bugs and work left to do, instead of just throwing numbers out there that don't have enough information behind them to base them on.

Ayepecks said,

How is it getting silly? Valve have been notorious for long development times. They got Left 4 Dead 2 out very quick, however (and were met with a lot of fan hatred for it not being large enough to justify a sequel -- I shared these sentiments). As for Portal 2, they're changing it from "before Christmas" to "after Christmas" essentially, so I don't see what's so silly about it.

Rather than question me, why don't you explain why you think continually missing and pushing back release times is reasonable?