Custom Bot Pre-Order Bonus Coming To Portal 2

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

The anticipation around the release of Portal 2 is already extremely high, considering that the game won't be released until 2011. And though many of us will flock directly to Steam to grab the Valve-developed follow-up, those who venture to brick-and-mortar for the game will get a special treat: a total of five dollars worth of savings, and the promise of "custom bots."

According to GameStop's listing for the game (via MTV), all online and in-store pre-orders will net the purchaser custom bots--note the plural--for the co-op portion of the title. If you remember, the co-op compliment to Portal 2 will feature its own levels and story and (more importantly to this article) star two robots. These robots, from what we've seen thus far, are already pretty distinguishable: one is squat and angrier-looking, while the other is leaner and far more approachable. Valve or EA have yet to explain what these more customizable bots will add to the game, and for that matter, how we'll even be able to customize them in the first place. Blame it on the game's delay, right?
 


As MTV points out, the Xbox 360 version of Portal 2 is being priced at $54.99 pre-savings, while the PS3 version is still the standard $59.99. The PC/Mac edition, though, is still being listed at $44.
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

The anticipation around the release of Portal 2 is already extremely high, considering that the game won't be released until 2011. And though many of us will flock directly to Steam to grab the Valve-developed follow-up, those who venture to brick-and-mortar for the game will get a special treat: a total of five dollars worth of savings, and the promise of "custom bots."

According to GameStop's listing for the game (via MTV), all online and in-store pre-orders will net the purchaser custom bots--note the plural--for the co-op portion of the title. If you remember, the co-op compliment to Portal 2 will feature its own levels and story and (more importantly to this article) star two robots. These robots, from what we've seen thus far, are already pretty distinguishable: one is squat and angrier-looking, while the other is leaner and far more approachable. Valve or EA have yet to explain what these more customizable bots will add to the game, and for that matter, how we'll even be able to customize them in the first place. Blame it on the game's delay, right?
 


As MTV points out, the Xbox 360 version of Portal 2 is being priced at $54.99 pre-savings, while the PS3 version is still the standard $59.99. The PC/Mac edition, though, is still being listed at $44.
#2 Edited by WilloughbyJackson (36 posts) -

I do love me some Portal 2... 
 
(Edit: FIRST BY ACCIDENT!)

#3 Posted by OroJackson (680 posts) -

definitely pre-ordering

#4 Posted by EdsXwing (58 posts) -

As much as I like gaming on the 360, I feel the need to just buy this game on steam...

#5 Posted by HellBrendy (994 posts) -

Sweet. While I love Steam, I really wish Valve would release some nifty collectors edition of some games, with a figurine and all. 

#6 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4606 posts) -
@WilloughbyJackson: No accident. Only fate.
#7 Posted by SnakeEyes327 (336 posts) -

Hmm, I kind of like the default ones well enough. I'd have to see what the custom bots looked like before pre-ordering.

#8 Posted by Dustpan (1694 posts) -

So, this is a pre-order exclusive to GameStop?

#9 Posted by zaglis (910 posts) -

If you dont buy Portal 2 on Steam you are doing it wrong.

#10 Posted by TheClap (539 posts) -

This game could get me to buy a bridge.

#11 Posted by Tesla (1944 posts) -

I'm definitely going to get Portal 2, but I'm still hesitant to drop full game price for it.  The first game spoiled me.

#12 Posted by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

 Pre-order bonuses can eat a hot bowl of dicks. Sure it's great if you live in the states, but if you don't your gonna have your work cut out.

#13 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -

I'll just get it on Steam for £30 or whatever it is. I'm not interested in any preorder nonsense unless it's a preorder from Steam, which I'll probably do anyway.

#14 Posted by Gregomasta (1541 posts) -
@zaglis said:
" If you dont buy Portal 2 on Steam you are doing it wrong. "

#15 Posted by MmmSkyscraper (315 posts) -

How about no. Will buy directly from Valve.

#16 Posted by crusader8463 (14428 posts) -
@jonnyboy said:
"  Pre-order bonuses can eat a hot bowl of dicks.
Indeed. Or a cold one for that matter.
#17 Posted by HeadNodShy (72 posts) -

Hats?

#18 Posted by nukkajdav (21 posts) -

Interesting, but not enough to divert me from my initial Steam purchase.

#19 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -
@zaglis: Dude thats not true.
#20 Posted by Gav47 (1542 posts) -
@MmmSkyscraper said:
" How about no. Will buy directly from Valve. "
Knowing Valve I'd say it will be free on Steam.
#21 Posted by DrBobUK (54 posts) -
@HellBrendy: Valve don't like to do collector's editions of their games.
 
I forget why.
#22 Posted by JoeyRavn (4983 posts) -

With that price, I assume it's gonna be a lot of Portaling in Portal. I'm definitely buying it on Steam, but pfff... a bit expensive, if you ask me.

#23 Posted by darkjester74 (1596 posts) -

Ill stick to Steam thanks.
 
These bots will henceforth be known as "Chocolate" and "Peanut"

#24 Posted by Warchief (661 posts) -
@zaglis said:
" If you dont buy Portal 2 on Steam you are doing it wrong. "
./thread 
#25 Posted by Shuborno (938 posts) -

GameStop is the worst place to buy games. I don't want to give them money and wait in a stupid line when I could just buy it on Steam and have it unlock when it's ready.

#26 Posted by HellBrendy (994 posts) -
@DrBobUK said:
" @HellBrendy: Valve don't like to do collector's editions of their games.  I forget why. "  
REally? None the less, I still want them to make some. 
 
@JoeyRavn
said:
" With that price, I assume it's gonna be a lot of Portaling in Portal. I'm definitely buying it on Steam, but pfff... a bit expensive, if you ask me. "
Seeing how much free stuff Valve has given me over the years, a stiff price for Portal 2 is wrth it. Oh for fuck sakes, I would pay whatever for more GLaDOS - who am I kidding. 
#27 Posted by Clark (110 posts) -

Will likely be heading into the store to get a hard copy anyways. Feel bad for people buying it on the console. Damn price hikes. 

#28 Posted by Tearhead (2214 posts) -

I'm confused... why is there such a fluctuation of price between systems?

#29 Posted by lacke (360 posts) -
@Gregomasta: I like my games to be on Steam. In fact I rarely buy a PC game if it's not on Steam. However, I'm not going to be a Steam fanboy about it. Meaning, since this is a Valve game if I buy it retail (which will be cheaper than on Steam) I'll have to activate it on Steam in order to play it anyway. In the end I get it on Steam no matter where I buy it so I'll get it where I can find it the cheapest.
#30 Posted by Blandford (14 posts) -
#31 Posted by mbkish (246 posts) -

Sorry Gamestop, but Valve is getting my money directly through Steam. You can shove those bots right up your ass.

#32 Posted by Branthog (5596 posts) -

I don't fucking understand this. 
 
We (developers and publishers) hate how brick and mortar cuts into our bottom line, compared to charging the same price for a purely digital version! Also, we hate shops that "steal" from us by selling used games! 
 
However, we're going to spend time customizing in game assets just for your store to promote yourselves with so people buy the game from you. 
 
What the fuck? Yeah, I know the retailers are paying the developer and publisher for these things, but there's no way they can be paying that much and still making a profit on the games. So what's the deal here and why don't publishers and developers tell them to pound sand?

#33 Posted by moocow21 (23 posts) -

I don't care about any pre-order bonus unless it's a TF2 hat.
 
Speaking of which, those robots would sure look a lot more respectable if they were each wearing a stack of at least 2-3 hats.

#34 Posted by Zippedbinders (1033 posts) -

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't preordering L4D2 on steam give you the American Bat, just like the Gamestop preorder? I mean, I know you got Bill's hat in TF2, but still.

#35 Posted by Bionicicide (1213 posts) -

With no further information and no picture, I wouldn't get my hopes up for any modular differences, I'm thinking it'll be just a livery design.

#36 Posted by gakon (1952 posts) -

I thought buying on Steam always got you the better deal.  I paid $35 for the Orange Box at launch.

#37 Posted by RsistncE (4496 posts) -
@lacke: If you buy this game retail, all it's pretty much going to do is add the key to your Steam account and install from the disk. Really no other difference otherwise between retail and digital in this case.
#38 Posted by gunslingerNZ (1927 posts) -
@mbk337 said:
" Sorry Gamestop, but Valve is getting my money directly through Steam. You can shove those bots right up your ass. "
Sums up my feelings quite well :) I still expect that Valve will provide some nice bonuses for steam purchasers as well though. Plus you have full update support which the 360 version won't have.
#39 Posted by DeF (4975 posts) -

the two robots totally remind me of ....
 


maybe the duck was a lie, too?
#40 Posted by Peewi (410 posts) -

You will probably get them too if you buy through Steam. L4D2 had the baseball bat for preorders, which you got if you prepurchased on Steam.
#41 Posted by ThePilgrums (433 posts) -

Heh I dunno man.

#42 Posted by Fox318 (56 posts) -

Since its a Valve game I am required to pre-order it. I can't wait for Portal 2.

#43 Posted by mrburger (103 posts) -
@DrBobUK said:
" @HellBrendy: Valve don't like to do collector's editions of their games.  I forget why. "
Same reason Valve doesn't/does anything:  Principles, man.  Principles.
#44 Posted by Gregomasta (1541 posts) -
@lacke: Why is it going to be cheaper retail then on steam?
#45 Posted by Weeber (36 posts) -

Who is going to pre-order this game?
You would be a moron not to pick it up on steam.

#46 Posted by Bionicicide (1213 posts) -
@Weeber said:
" Who is going to pre-order this game? You would be a moron not to pick it up on steam. "
Can you resell games on steam?
#47 Posted by theberserker (225 posts) -

f pre order bonuses

#48 Posted by gunslingerNZ (1927 posts) -
@Bionicicide said:
" @Weeber said:
" Who is going to pre-order this game? You would be a moron not to pick it up on steam. "
Can you resell games on steam? "
Yeah you just need to make sure you register a new account for any game you plan on selling and then you sell that steam account.
#49 Posted by enYallione (31 posts) -
@Bionicicide: You can't resell the store version either, can you? The CD key will be linked to your account.
#50 Posted by Fleshfeast (57 posts) -
@Gregomasta said:
" @lacke: Why is it going to be cheaper retail then on steam? "
The $5 discount makes up for Uncle Sam tacking $5 onto your in-store purchase. (Well, maybe it's where I live, but I almost never have to pay tax online. Thus I buy online.)

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