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Portal 2 Delayed Until 2011, E3 Surprise Revealed

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In a press release titled "Making Games is Hard," Valve this week announced the delay of Portal 2 into 2011.

Originally scheduled for the end of this year, the news will disappoint a lot of fans of the first Portal game. However, Valve, writing the press release from the perspective of Aperture Science, the company assured fans that life would go on despite the delay.

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.

"Also, the game will be even better," they added, missing an historic opportunity to create the first product delay press release to mention that a product is being delayed to make it worse.

Valve also did its best to calm everyone down about the surprise it has planned for E3. Over the last few days speculation has been flying about Half Life, Duke Nukem 3D and who knows what else. The whacky release cleared things up by referring to the 'surprise' event as "The E3 ***PORTAL-2-THEMED-FOR-GOD'S SAKE*** surprise."

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    ryanjm , June 10, 2010 5:01 PM
    Pretty funny. But if they had announced that they'd be taking over the development of Duke Nukem Forever it would have been one of the most epic E3 surprises ever.
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    bikeracer4487 , June 10, 2010 5:11 PM
    I don't understand, what does this post reveal exactly? We already knew that Portal 2 was delayed and we already knew that the surprise has SOMETHING to do with Portal 2...but the title led me to believe that Valve had revealed what exactly WAS being revealed...so does this article tell us ANYTHING new?
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    greatsaltedone , June 10, 2010 4:59 PM
    We were all disappointed when Valve delayed HL2 weeks before it was supposed to come out, but what we got in return made it absolutely worth it. If they need the time to make Portal 2 as good or better than what they have already produced, I have no problem forgiving that.
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    greatsaltedone , June 10, 2010 4:59 PM
    We were all disappointed when Valve delayed HL2 weeks before it was supposed to come out, but what we got in return made it absolutely worth it. If they need the time to make Portal 2 as good or better than what they have already produced, I have no problem forgiving that.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , June 10, 2010 5:00 PM
    Just wait until the 14th LOLz
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    ryanjm , June 10, 2010 5:01 PM
    Pretty funny. But if they had announced that they'd be taking over the development of Duke Nukem Forever it would have been one of the most epic E3 surprises ever.
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    Anonymous , June 10, 2010 5:02 PM
    This is... uhh... old news by now guys, you said it was revealed in your tweet... but regardless, its Source Engine 2, and Half-Life 3, with EP.3 being the beginning of HL3. There, happy? 4 more days, and I'm right, enjoy.
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    restatement3dofted , June 10, 2010 5:04 PM
    This shouldn't surprise anyone. The original cancellation email said, "If you'd like to ask fruitless questions about the E3 Portal 2 surprise..." which was a pretty big indication that the "surprise" still had to do with Portal 2, and not some other huge project that they've secretly been working on.
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    Haserath , June 10, 2010 5:08 PM
    *fetal position*
    Portal 2 is a lie, Portal 2 is a lie, Portal 2 is a...whyyyyyyyyy!

    Well, hopefully they do make Portal 2 even better then Portal was, especially if it's going to have a new engine. Steam knows what they are doing, hopefully, otherwise this might turn out to hurt them if they mess this surprise up.
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    bikeracer4487 , June 10, 2010 5:11 PM
    I don't understand, what does this post reveal exactly? We already knew that Portal 2 was delayed and we already knew that the surprise has SOMETHING to do with Portal 2...but the title led me to believe that Valve had revealed what exactly WAS being revealed...so does this article tell us ANYTHING new?
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    anthropophaginian , June 10, 2010 5:17 PM
    I hope they're delaying it because it'll be on a new engine!
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    tayb , June 10, 2010 5:29 PM
    You all should know that "By the end of 2010" to Valve means "By summer 2011." No one should have truly been expecting Portal 2 this year from Valve after they stated it would be here this year. Now, the news that it is being pushed back into an undisclosed date in 2011 means that it will either be early 2010 or holiday season 2011 before the game actually comes out. That's Valve Time.
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    Anonymous , June 10, 2010 5:35 PM
    Could someone hack Gabe's email and see what's really going on? Oh, wait...
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    back_by_demand , June 10, 2010 5:40 PM
    OK, my money is on Duke Nukem Forever
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    fonzy , June 10, 2010 5:48 PM
    Well I totally give up on HL3/episode 3 then.
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    pirateboy , June 10, 2010 5:50 PM
    the big surprise is that there won't be any Portal 2
    wahahahahahahaa
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    Pyroflea , June 10, 2010 6:01 PM
    pirateboythe big surprise is that there won't be any Portal 2 wahahahahahahaa


    That'd just be the worst surprise ever lmao.
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    megahustler , June 10, 2010 6:47 PM
    As part of a previously mentioned press release policy, we can no longer lie to you.

    After the E3 surprise, you will be... missed.

    Please assume the surprise submission position.
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    captaincharisma , June 10, 2010 7:13 PM
    OMG the people at Valve are turning into the biggest pussies in the gaming world. saying making games is hard and months ago saying the same thing to why they don't make games for the PS3.
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    babachoo , June 10, 2010 7:35 PM
    Big Surprise = The cake is not a lie.
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    lo_vaquero , June 10, 2010 7:53 PM
    megahustlerAs part of a previously mentioned press release policy, we can no longer lie to you.After the E3 surprise, you will be... missed.Please assume the surprise submission position.


    +1

    captaincharismaOMG the people at Valve are turning into the biggest pussies in the gaming world. saying making games is hard and months ago saying the same thing to why they don't make games for the PS3.

    As for you, calm down. The message title is part of the release from the Aperture Science POV that they've taken with these "press releases". Valve is obviously having fun with it. Perhaps you should as well...?

    After all, life will continue...at least until there is a rip in the Valve Time Fabric...=)
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