The Final Hours of Portal 2 now available for PC and Mac users

A multimedia article about the making of Portal 2 that was previously released as an iPad exclusive is now available to purchase and download via Steam for PC and Mac owners. The Final Hours of Portal 2 goes into detail about Valve's creation of its puzzle-shooter sequel game, costs $1.99 to download for Steam users.

Game journalist Geoff Keighley, best known for hosting GameTrailersTV on the Spike TV network, wrote and came up with the concept for the multimedia article which was first released for Apple's iPad store a few days after Valve released Portal 2 in mid-April. Keighley wrote a massive 15,000 word article which was the result of over three years of access at Valve. The Final Hours of Portal 2 covers nearly all aspects of Portal 2's creation with previously unreleased artwork, video and audio interviews and more. The release via Steam means that the article will get a much larger audience than it had previously.

The article has a number of interesting revelations about the making of Portal 2 including the fact that at first the game was being developed not as a sequel but a prequel set in the 1950s. it was also not going to use the original game's portals nor the game's main villain, the evil AI program GLaDOS. Thankfully wiser heads prevailed. The article also has some interactive features that allow you to destroy Aperture Science, control the goofy AI Wheatley and more. You can also interact with Portal 2 fans inside the article via feedback and polls.

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Just saying: since we know photos of the valve studio have had hints before in the background of future work, I would have no reason not to believe (sorry for the double negative) that valve wouldnt hide something in this.
Therefore I bet the background of photos in this book have clues to half life 2: EP3, new games, ARGs, etc.

Now all you folks smarter than I get to figuring this out!

I love it how everyone starts dissing them for selling this yet some people still buy PC Mags, which this essentially is a PC mag...

Apparently this was on the iPad for some time and was the same price,

brent3000 said,
I love it how everyone starts dissing them for selling this yet some people still buy PC Mags, which this essentially is a PC mag...

Apparently this was on the iPad for some time and was the same price,


I'm sure the people complaining don't buy PC Mags. or any other for that matter

I have not been on this site in 4 months. The only reason I got back on was to comment on how ignorant your comments are. YES, You people above me. This is not a simply a ploy for more money. This is an interactive write up on everything surrounding Portal 2's launch and the company who created it (Valve). It features great write ups on what is going on in the company and gives fans a chance to take an inside look at Valve and their amazing office via videos, music, panoramic pictures and more. It includes small back stories on how ideas were formed and even goes deeper into what actually happens at Valve. I recommend this to anyone who uses Steam and enjoyed the Half-Life and Portal storylines! That is all.

Shadrack said,
It should of (at the very least) been included with the game. Give me a break, its a promotional.


I think you are missing the point of this. Portal 2: The Final Hours can be compared to say, HL2: Raising the Bar. Do you think that Raising the bar should be included with every purchase and that it is just a promotional? If not, what would be the difference except that one is digital and the other is not?

Shadrack said,
It should of (at the very least) been included with the game. Give me a break, its a promotional.

Why would have a 3rd party game journalist's artical included with the game?

Its a large, in deepth and interactive (hence being developed at the start, for the ipad) review of the game, the people that worked on it and how it came about. He could have just released this on one of his many other sites such as gametrailers.com and made yet another bog standard review of the game.
instead he's decided to go a head with the ipad platform for interactive content, and charge for his work in doing so. Much like a lot of the subscription based newspaper and magazines provide a nice ipad app for.

Personally, I won't be buying it. I am a large fan of portal and as a software developer myself I'd be interesting to see what he gleemed from being behind the scenes and what hes wrote about.

I think a lot of people, see a price tag and immediately don't want it when we have an internet to go and find, usually, much the same content even if its broken up in to several parts scattered around the web.
However, this is not a promotional review of Portal, its an independant body doing an interactive write up review of the game and the people who worked on it. I'm sure there is a more standard (what we're used to) review on gametrailers that is free to watch.

gooberdrops said,

why charge money for something that isn't a ploy to make money?

Your not understanding my underline point. The Final Hours of Portal 2 is meant to be some extra meat for people who want more info on the company and how it was created. It's not even written by Valve. You're basically paying for an interactive magazine article with media that is most of the time separate from the game (F-Stop, 2 Robots 1 Wrench, Alternate designs/stories). Including it in the game would have been cool but again, it's not written by Valve. You mind as well say "Include HL2 in Portal because it's in the same universe"...

Shadrack said,
They are charging 2 bucks for what is basically a promotion for their own game? No thanks...

Yeah soon they will start charging people to go to conventions for promotions for their games!

It's not so much a promotion, as it is a "behind the scenes" in the creation of the game. The second disc to your DVD movie, if you will. There are previous articles, "The Final Hours of Half-Life" and the same for Half-Life 2 which have been freely available online for years. They're pretty well written, and I probably would have paid the $2 if I hadn't already read a PDF dump of it since I have no iPad and hadn't heard that it was going to move beyond that format. It's around the length of a short story or two and full of sweet art, so I'd say the price is fine.

Ently said,

Yeah soon they will start charging people to go to conventions for promotions for their games!


Shhh Don't give them ideas, they will start charging for the stuff they give away at conventions soon too

No thanks, wtf do I pay 2 dollars for the game I already finished. Though it might be worth for some die hard fans out there.