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Portal 2's New Launch Date Is February 9, 2011

Return to Android Hell--which is a real place--early next year.

Just days before the start of this year's E3, Valve Software revealed that Portal 2 had not sufficiently assumed the proper position to be escorted to its Fall 2010 release, and would have to be subsequently delayed. It was just one of the half-a-dozen major Q4 releases that have been pushed to next year, leaving the Thanksgiving release season looking a little dryer than it has been in years past.
 

 Soonish!
 
However, it looks like we won't have to wait too much longer beyond Turkey Day before we can head back to Aperture Science; Today, Game Informer revealed on its website that Portal 2 would be hitting retail and digital shelves on February 9, 2011. As Valve has stated previously, Portal 2 is aiming to launch on all announced platforms simultaneous, so hopefully the PC, Mac, 360 and PS3 versions will all make that February 9 launch.

In addition to the release date, Game Informer also revealed a taste of Portal 2's voice cast. As Valve has shown in previews of the game, Portal 2 will see you exploring the remains of Aperture Science with several different personality spheres, helping to progress the story as well as solve some of the game's new puzzles. The E3 demo of Portal 2, in particular, shows off one of these personality spheres: a nervy, excitable, and slightly incompetent sphere named Wheatley
 
Valve has told GI that, in the final version of the game, Wheatley will be played by actor Stephen Merchant,  the co-creator, writer, and actor on the original British version of The Office. The E3 demo of Portal 2 did not feature Merchant playing Wheatley, but, at the very least you use this gameplay video to get a sense of the character he will portray in the game.

  
  
 
Let's just hope that this release date isn't a lie, and that Valve can hold to its newest projected date for their highly anticipated puzzle game.
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Posted by MattBodega

Just days before the start of this year's E3, Valve Software revealed that Portal 2 had not sufficiently assumed the proper position to be escorted to its Fall 2010 release, and would have to be subsequently delayed. It was just one of the half-a-dozen major Q4 releases that have been pushed to next year, leaving the Thanksgiving release season looking a little dryer than it has been in years past.
 

 Soonish!
 
However, it looks like we won't have to wait too much longer beyond Turkey Day before we can head back to Aperture Science; Today, Game Informer revealed on its website that Portal 2 would be hitting retail and digital shelves on February 9, 2011. As Valve has stated previously, Portal 2 is aiming to launch on all announced platforms simultaneous, so hopefully the PC, Mac, 360 and PS3 versions will all make that February 9 launch.

In addition to the release date, Game Informer also revealed a taste of Portal 2's voice cast. As Valve has shown in previews of the game, Portal 2 will see you exploring the remains of Aperture Science with several different personality spheres, helping to progress the story as well as solve some of the game's new puzzles. The E3 demo of Portal 2, in particular, shows off one of these personality spheres: a nervy, excitable, and slightly incompetent sphere named Wheatley
 
Valve has told GI that, in the final version of the game, Wheatley will be played by actor Stephen Merchant,  the co-creator, writer, and actor on the original British version of The Office. The E3 demo of Portal 2 did not feature Merchant playing Wheatley, but, at the very least you use this gameplay video to get a sense of the character he will portray in the game.

  
  
 
Let's just hope that this release date isn't a lie, and that Valve can hold to its newest projected date for their highly anticipated puzzle game.
Posted by Milkman

Kessler?!

Edited by Gregomasta

I'll never be first at anything.  Steven Merchant is a great choice.

Posted by natetodamax

Oh hey, welcome back! Must be operating from over the internets like Nicholson.

Posted by Bossman4595
@Milkman said:
" Kessler?! "
^^.....and also i can't wait for this game
Posted by AmmyDog

 
Thank you Valve for the news, hope it isn't a lie like the cake =)

Posted by Lunar_Aura

Valve has proved time and again that release dates are a piece of cake for them.
Posted by golddeathmonkey

Yay! The return of everybody's fave intern!

Posted by Dany

I'm excited for this, curious on how long the game will be.

Edited by FluxWaveZ

Kessler...!?  But I thought you were supposed to be dead!
 
Oh, and Portal 2's cool and all, but I kind of doubt they'll hit that launch date.  It would surprise me that Valve actually succeeds in doing that, for once.

Posted by Jeknod

I KILLED YOU KESSLER

Posted by jelekeloy

HELL YES!
And also, woohoo Kessler!

Posted by VoshiNova
@Milkman said:
" Kessler?! "
Posted by Masem

Everyone else is reporting Feb 9, 2011, though some suspecting that may be the Euro release date.  Any reason for the differences?

Posted by s7evn
@Jeknod said:
" I KILLED YOU KESSLER "
You cannot kill he-who-cannot-be-killed.
Posted by wonderhare

ffff- DAT ACCENT.
 
also, zombie Kessler confirmed??

Posted by Jolt92

Yay, Kessler.

Posted by MattBodega

Oh right! I forgot to mention that to y'all. My internship is proper over, but the GB crew was happy enough with my writing that they've allowed me to continue working on News for the site, even when I'm back at school.
 
So, yeah. I'm back!

Posted by AjayRaz
@MattBodega said:
" Oh right! I forgot to mention that to y'all. My internship is proper over, but the GB crew was happy enough with my writing that they've allowed me to continue working on News for the site, even when I'm back at school.  So, yeah. I'm back! "
WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
Posted by Drebin_893

Yay! More Kessler!

Posted by Dr_VonBoogie

Nice, and its releasing on my birthday as well.

Posted by Aas

Good luck in all your future endeavors, Kessler. Hope to see you soon. 

Posted by Nadafinga

While I thought the "placeholder voice" for Wheatley was pretty great, I can't wait to see what Stephen Merchant does with it. Awesome choice.

Posted by dvorak

If it's January and the date is still the same, then maybe we can believe them. Right now it's almost completely ignorable.

Posted by ArmedBear

The crew is going to pay Kessler in Twinkies.

Posted by Glak

Kessler!
Can't wait for Portal 2
I also love the tagline

Posted by ch3burashka

The real Robot Hell... 
  

   
Actually, not that bad a place.
Posted by Diabloshadow
@MattBodega:  BEHOLD! THE KESSLER IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE KESSLER!
 
Also I liked the original voice of Wheatley, but I've heard great things about Steven Merchant and I adore Ricky Gervais so excitement, I HAS IT!
Posted by Baillie

Why is no one excited for Steve Merchant? That guy is awesome.

Posted by ThePilgrums
@AmmyDog said:

"Thank you Valve for the news, hope it isn't a lie like the cake =)"

 Hey cake jokes are PRETTY FUNNY, aren't they? Ha ha ha!    I'll never get tired of them!!
Edited by Mister_Snig

I can't wait to play this in the spring of 2012, when this actually comes out.

Posted by fedorajay

Feb 9th? That's my birthday. :) Can't wait.

Posted by Fox

So, February 9th in Valve time is like what? August?  
  
But big YAY for Stephen Merchant!
Posted by Tebbit
@AjayRaz said:
" @MattBodega said:
" Oh right! I forgot to mention that to y'all. My internship is proper over, but the GB crew was happy enough with my writing that they've allowed me to continue working on News for the site, even when I'm back at school.  So, yeah. I'm back! "
WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! "
I think I wet myself.
Posted by MeatSim

Matt is back!

Posted by 2HeadedNinja

Noooo ... don't change Wheatley ... his voice was awesome!

Posted by buzz_killington

Wait, wasn't last week the last week of Kessler?

Posted by Azteck
@MattBodega said:
" Oh right! I forgot to mention that to y'all. My internship is proper over, but the GB crew was happy enough with my writing that they've allowed me to continue working on News for the site, even when I'm back at school.  So, yeah. I'm back! "
HOORAY KESSLER!
Posted by guilherme

Looks like Q1 is the new Holiday Season...
Mass Effect 2 for PS3, Dragon Age 2, Portal 2, what else?

Posted by Jethuty

you know, i have nothing agaisnt kessler writing, thats great news. 
 
I just dont want to hear him talk.

Posted by MisterMouse

uhh valve time says that wont hold up...

Posted by LutonHatter
@2HeadedNinja said:
" Noooo ... don't change Wheatley ... his voice was awesome! "

The placeholder voice over for Wheatley was the one thing that was putting me off. It was cringe worthy, then it is maybe because I am British myself  and I couldn't for the life of me work out what sort of accent it was supposed to be.


Merchant? Might be good might be bad hopefully he lays off the ham between now and recording.

Posted by Scooper

Merchant will hopefully be way better then that other placeholder gimboid we heard in that trailer. That guy was so cringeworthy. They better stick to this release date this time.

Posted by Tregard

We need a Karl Pilkington Robot in Portal 2.
 
We must have one.

Edited by TheAdmin

what is February 9, 2011 in Valve time?

Posted by BeachThunder
@99X said:
" what is February 9, 2011 in Valve time? "
Hopefully Feb 9 :(
Posted by RobDaFunk
@Tregard said:
" We need a Karl Pilkington Robot in Portal 2.  We must have one. "
I second this most DEFINATELY.
Posted by Prolix

Ugh... WHy wont he go away...
 
 
But at least he isn't talking or visible or trying to copy Ryan. 

Posted by fillmoejoe

That's way sooner than I thought it would be.

Posted by Landon

Not holding my breath on this. Just in case.

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