Thanks to a tease emailed to the press, we knew something big was coming from Valve. The secret had us wondering if the company would reveal Half-Life 2: Episode 3, Half-Life 3, or the newest Source engine. A later hint told us that the surprise was still related to Portal 2.
What we didn't expect was that the game would head to the PlayStation 3 with Steamworks fully intact.
What does that mean for the console gamer? The latest game updates, official downloadable content, and more importantly, user-created mods will be on offer. Unreal Tournament III gave PlayStation 3 gamers a taste of user-made content by allowing downloadable maps, but we're expecting the creativity pipeline to really open up with Portal 2.
The inclusion of Steamworks also means that PC and PlayStation 3 gamers may be able to play together. According to project manager Erik Johnson, Valve is working on enabling co-op games on Steam, allowing PC gamers and PlayStation 3 gamers to play side-by-side.
We're definitely eager to see what becomes of Steamworks and how it will open up the world to a typically closed platform.