Valve announces first Portal 2 DLC

Valve has officially announced today the first downloadable content for its puzzle-platform hit Portal 2. The add-on will feature "new test chambers for players, leaderboards, challenge mode for single and multiplayer modes, and more."

The announcement comes after a recent statement by Valve Director of Marketing Doug Lombardi. Speaking in an interview with Fast Company, Lombardi said more details would be revealed over the coming weeks. "We will be announcing some DLC for it, so folks can keep a look out for more content coming this summer. We'll be putting more details out about that in a week or so. We'll support that with more videos or more comics." 

According to the Valve press release, Portal 2 DLC #1 is currently in development and is slated to be released this coming summer. In a move that is sure to delight players, the downloadable content will be offered free of charge for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Mac.

"Portal 2 was released April 19 and currently holds a Metacritic score of 95%, making it the top rated multiplatform game of 2011. Portal also captured the number 1 chart position in the UK, Germany, and the Nordic countries during its first week of availability, making it the fastest-selling Valve release since Half-Life 2."

"A hilariously mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a funhouse of diabolical science, Portal 2 features expansive single and cooperative multiplayer game modes."

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Well since we already paid for it ($50 for Portal 2) of course we get it for "FREE". Portal 2 is really worth $29.99 and the DLC is worth $20.

Along with a potential price drop this may make it worth buying in the summer (I'll be getting it on 360). We'll see though.

sweet, im guessing Xbox getting it free was the deal for Valve to put portal on XBL again, remember them saying they regretted putting Orange Box on Xbox.

I have the PC Version, but still Grats XBL, not many times you get added content for free

sbdb said,
Quite an overrated game if you ask me.

Nah, not really. It's a pretty good game. Not for everyone but still a fun an enjoyable experience.

For free? I would have paid $20 for any Portal 2 DLC. This is the icing on the cake, which is not a lie this time, lol.

Lexcyn said,
For free? I would have paid $20 for any Portal 2 DLC. This is the icing on the cake, which is not a lie this time, lol.

SHHHH!!! Don't give them ideas!

To be fair, giving the first first DLC away free will shut up all the moaners that complained about paying for hats (), they'll likely charge for the second DLC.

Majesticmerc said,

SHHHH!!! Don't give them ideas!

To be fair, giving the first first DLC away free will shut up all the moaners that complained about paying for hats (), they'll likely charge for the second DLC.


As far as I know Valve don't like charging for DLC; this is shown through their PC offerings where I can't actually think of any DLC they have charged for. This was different for L4D on the xbox, but that was a result of Microsofts interference rather than Valve being greedy if i remember correctly. Hopefully future DLC released by Valve will be free across all systems

Damn...i was planning to re-sell my XBox 360 Portal 2 disc after I beat both campaigns...

Well, at least this will give me more value for my money. I hope the levels are hard. They did a good job making the easy levels entertaining. But, even though it was "longer" than the first Portal, it isn't any harder. Most of it actually seems easier IMO.

Shadrack said,
Damn...i was planning to re-sell my XBox 360 Portal 2 disc after I beat both campaigns...

Well, at least this will give me more value for my money. I hope the levels are hard. They did a good job making the easy levels entertaining. But, even though it was "longer" than the first Portal, it isn't any harder. Most of it actually seems easier IMO.

It is easier, there was much dumbing down of the puzzles to cater to a wider audience. That said, anyone who played the unofficial extra chambers mod for the first one (I can't remember it's name for the life of me) will consider any portal game to be easy by comparison

Shadrack said,
Damn...i was planning to re-sell my XBox 360 Portal 2 disc after I beat both campaigns...

Well, at least this will give me more value for my money. I hope the levels are hard. They did a good job making the easy levels entertaining. But, even though it was "longer" than the first Portal, it isn't any harder. Most of it actually seems easier IMO.

I actually found it a lot harder than the original Portal, although I seem to be in the minority. I thought the difficulty of Portal 2 was just perfect.

Shadrack said,
I hope the levels are hard. They did a good job making the easy levels entertaining. But, even though it was "longer" than the first Portal, it isn't any harder. Most of it actually seems easier IMO.

Yeah, I completed portal 2 pretty quickly, a lot easier then i expected it to be and as such i thought was shorter then portal 1... but I guess i was just quicker get picking the game up or i just had so much fun. Well, not really fun, i actually felt bored with the game mid point due to the lack of actual puzzle solving needed in the game. Pretty much everything was laid out so you could see what to do just by looking around. Where as in Portal, you had to get some height to even beable to see where you were going at times.

They could had done some type of star system ala "cut the rope". Having 3 difficult to reach items in each level for the people who want a challenge would make the game repayable.

Majesticmerc said,
That said, anyone who played the unofficial extra chambers mod for the first one (I can't remember it's name for the life of me) will consider any portal game to be easy by comparison

I'm guessing you mean Portal Prelude. And yes, I agree wholeheartedly.

It would be awesome if they brought in the maps from the trailers, I'd love to try my hand at the speed gel test and avoid being crushed by 50 crushers

jeston said,
Awesome! I wonder if/how the new test chambers will fit into the story...

Having played the game again with developers comments on, they did say they had to make a lot of the chambers simplefied, 2 and 3 times so the vast majority of players could progress in the story line. I expect to at least see the original 'hard' versions of these levels. Something I thought they'd have at least added as an unlocked bonus for completing the game.

jeston said,
Awesome! I wonder if/how the new test chambers will fit into the story...

It's possible that the test chambers won't fit into the story at all, since the coop ending leaves it open. They'll just add new entrances in the hub.