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Valve, GI Announces Portal 2 for Holiday Season

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Portal 2 is due to hit stores this holiday season.

Game Informer has revealed the cover of its April issue, announcing that Valve is releasing a stand-alone sequel to its hit game, Portal. While the magazine doesn't offer anything concrete in terms of juicy details on its website, GI promises that its 12-page cover story will cough up meaty bits of Portal 2's gameplay mechanics, storyline, and "some surprising new twists."

The first game, Portal, originally hit the gaming scene back in 2007, slipped in as part of Valve's The Orange Box bundle for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Valve also released Portal as a standalone retail PC game in 2008 while also providing the digital version online via its Steam service. Since its release, Portal received numerous awards, including "Game of the Year (PC)" by 1UP, "Innovation of the Year" by the Official Xbox Magazine, and more.

But unlike the first installment, Portal 2 will be shipped as a stand-alone, full-priced retail game, and is expected to arrive during the 2010 holiday season, according to Valve. The news certainly comes as a dramatic conclusion to various teases and updates to the current Portal PC game in recent weeks, including a mysterious change to the game's original ending.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

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    redplanet_returns , March 5, 2010 6:29 PM
    sliemI liked Portal... FOR ITS 10 MINUTES!What the hell, it's too short.


    u need to try the version with the cake
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    duckmanx88 , March 5, 2010 6:26 PM
    sliemI liked Portal... FOR ITS 10 MINUTES!What the hell, it's too short.


    at the end it says it will be full priced so we might actually get a 10hr+ game. still wished for an episode 3. =(
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    sliem , March 5, 2010 6:24 PM
    I liked Portal... FOR ITS 10 MINUTES!
    What the hell, it's too short.
  • 12 Hide
    duckmanx88 , March 5, 2010 6:26 PM
    sliemI liked Portal... FOR ITS 10 MINUTES!What the hell, it's too short.


    at the end it says it will be full priced so we might actually get a 10hr+ game. still wished for an episode 3. =(
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    elel , March 5, 2010 6:26 PM
    Well, it sure makes sense to release a follow-up to something this popular as a stand-alone game.
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    redplanet_returns , March 5, 2010 6:27 PM
    everyone has already been spoiled by the orange box bundle...to the point that releasing a sequel of an excellent game from that bundle at full retail price seems very high =/
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    restatement3dofted , March 5, 2010 6:28 PM
    sliemI liked Portal... FOR ITS 10 MINUTES!What the hell, it's too short.


    Well, it's probably good that they're releasing a full game then, isn't it?
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    redplanet_returns , March 5, 2010 6:29 PM
    sliemI liked Portal... FOR ITS 10 MINUTES!What the hell, it's too short.


    u need to try the version with the cake
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    NapoleonDK , March 5, 2010 6:29 PM
    Well considering how interesting and different the first Portal was, I'm looking forward to the next one. A stand alone is nice too, considering most people uninstalled it after the meager 4-5 hours of gameplay were completed.

    Now I've got the song stuck in my head, dammit...

    ***This was a triumph.***
    ***I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.***
    ***It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.***
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    SneakySnake , March 5, 2010 6:30 PM
    awesome! my brain is about to be frazzled again :D 
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    ColMirage , March 5, 2010 6:32 PM
    Okay, cool, but where's the important part: EP3?
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , March 5, 2010 6:37 PM
    If this is the reason why there is no EP3 this year I am going to be pissed....
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    buckcm , March 5, 2010 6:49 PM
    NapoleonDKWell considering how interesting and different the first Portal was, I'm looking forward to the next one. A stand alone is nice too, considering most people uninstalled it after the meager 4-5 hours of gameplay were completed.Now I've got the song stuck in my head, dammit...***This was a triumph.******I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.******It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.***


    Those are definitely good, but I like where it says

    Aperture Science! We do what we must because we can
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    festerovic , March 5, 2010 6:52 PM
    nice goatse cover, GI
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    coolgod , March 5, 2010 6:52 PM
    YEA! PORTAL FTW!
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    husker , March 5, 2010 6:54 PM
    sliemI liked Portal... FOR ITS 10 MINUTES!What the hell, it's too short.


    The original Portal was more of an experiment to see what kind of gameplay would be possible with this concept, as well as a training ground for gamers. Valve wanted to make sure things looked good before they sunk a lot of money into it. Now imagine a full FPS style game with various weapons (gravity gun, anyone?) and an "Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device" in your toolkit.

    And there will be cake.
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    husker , March 5, 2010 6:58 PM
    BTW, anyone remember the conference room in portal, where there were slides comparing goverment funding for Apature Science and Black Mesa? A sudden spike in support for Apature with corresponding nose dive for Black Mesa. Somethin' must have happened... Nice touch, Valve.
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    hotsacoman , March 5, 2010 6:59 PM
    thegreathuntingdolphinIf this is the reason why there is no EP3 this year I am going to be pissed....


    Ah, but remember that Episode 3 includes Aperture Science in its storyline, so perhaps they are bridging the two so that when we begin Episode 3, we'll actually know why its included.
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    False_Dmitry_II , March 5, 2010 7:01 PM
    What change to the ending?
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    nforce4max , March 5, 2010 7:23 PM
    Wares my episode 3?

    Song to play Billy Joel- The longest Time
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    cletus_slackjawd , March 5, 2010 7:24 PM
    YEAH! SOLD! Can't wait...
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    nekatreven , March 5, 2010 7:28 PM
    Any links to these 'changes/updates' they've been making, like the alternate ending?
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