In addition to the expected return of GlaDOS (she is “still alive,” after all) and an all new single-player mode packed with “devious test chambers,” Portal 2 promises a completely separate co-op campaign that has even the mighty collective MPC Megabrain crying in a corner just thinking about it.
Also, if GameStop's listing’s anything to go on, Portal 2 will probably be a fair bit beefier content-wise than its predecessor – at least, if it hopes to wear its suggested $49.99 price tag with pride and not shame and regret.
Unfortunately, that’s all that’s trickled out, for now. But hey, look at it this way: Gabe Newell has to pass the time during his GDC award acceptance speech somehow, and while thanking his family and God or whoever is great, it’s so passé. The solution? Portal 2 footage. This, of course, after he approaches the podium, grasps his award, leans in close to the microphone and whispers, “This was a triumph. I’m making a note here: huge success.”
Valve recently kicked-off one of the most creative alternate reality games we’ve ever encountered. Yesterday, the developer updated its time-and-space-continuum-defying puzzler Portal with a single achievement and a bunch of hidden radio transmissions – some of which were encoded in Morse Code and one of which was, we kid you not, encoded in double Morse Code, and turned out to be the Morse Code for the Morse Code for “LOL.” Oh, Valve.
Anyway, eager fans have been working ‘round the clock to get to the bottom of Valve’s creative caper, and have uncovered – among other things – a few ASCII pictures and some dialogue from Aperture Science founder Cave Johnson. He seems like a great guy, too, as evidenced by nuggets like this one:
"Plus, in the event of your death, I personally guarantee that, thanks to the form you were required to sign this morning, your family will not suffer the indignities of a prolonged and costly legal battle against Aperture Science. Trust me, I am rich, and it is a burden I would not wish on anyone."
So, when will we find out more? Nothing’s set in stone, but the running theory is that something’s happening on March 11, as a version of GlaDOS that’s shown up in the ARG is marked “3.11,” which is also the date Gabe Newell’s set to receive the Pioneer Award at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference.
So, yeah. Mark your calendars, folks. Portal 2’s on the way, we hope. And if it’s not? Well then, this ARG might just take the cake for biggest letdown of all time. (We apologize for that one. Sincerely.)