Portal 2 Has Sold More Than 3 Million Copies

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Posted by patrickklepek (3057 posts) -

When Valve decided to elevate Portal from a curious oddity on the same disc as Half-Life: Episode 2 to something people would be paying full price for, there was a risk it'd backfire. At the Games For Change conference in New York today, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell showed Portal 2 was doing just fine, announcing Portal 2 has sold three million copies so far, Joystiq reports.

Portal 2 sold 637,000 copies across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC at retail in April, according to the NPD Group. The sales for May were not released, but what NPD Group doesn't account for are sales through Steam. While Newell didn't explicitly say the three million count includes Steam sales, and I've contacted Valve to verify just to be certain, one could reasonably assume they do.

The other caveat is that Newell didn't say the number encompassed all platforms, but, again, it's reasonable to believe so.

To date, the original Portal has sold around four million. That doesn't include Steam, either!

If you've already exhausted Portal 2's single-player and co-op content, the first of possibly several downloadable add-ons is coming this summer. The best part? It'll be free everywhere.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (3057 posts) -

When Valve decided to elevate Portal from a curious oddity on the same disc as Half-Life: Episode 2 to something people would be paying full price for, there was a risk it'd backfire. At the Games For Change conference in New York today, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell showed Portal 2 was doing just fine, announcing Portal 2 has sold three million copies so far, Joystiq reports.

Portal 2 sold 637,000 copies across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC at retail in April, according to the NPD Group. The sales for May were not released, but what NPD Group doesn't account for are sales through Steam. While Newell didn't explicitly say the three million count includes Steam sales, and I've contacted Valve to verify just to be certain, one could reasonably assume they do.

The other caveat is that Newell didn't say the number encompassed all platforms, but, again, it's reasonable to believe so.

To date, the original Portal has sold around four million. That doesn't include Steam, either!

If you've already exhausted Portal 2's single-player and co-op content, the first of possibly several downloadable add-ons is coming this summer. The best part? It'll be free everywhere.

Staff
#2 Edited by deathfromace (117 posts) -

Cant wait for the dlc as i've already beat the story and hope the dlc adds to it.

#3 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5355 posts) -

Good! Portal 2 is an amazing game and certainly deserves such sales. Looking forward to the DLC for sure.

#4 Posted by Joru (311 posts) -

Great that it's doing well.

#5 Posted by leejunfan83 (900 posts) -

I may be in the minority but I don't think that the series is all that 

#6 Edited by CaptainFish (454 posts) -

Any chance of following up with Valve on their Portal 2 in-game store sales? I've been really curious if it's been as successful as the Team Fortress 2 Mann Co store.

#7 Posted by Scooper (7882 posts) -

Good. They deserve it for taking their chances and making interesting and unique games.

#8 Posted by crusader8463 (14303 posts) -
@leejunfan83 said:
I may be in the minority but I don't think that the series is all that 
I'm with ya. I enjoy the odd puzzle and some of the jokes, but I don't understand why everyone goes nuts for it.  I like to give it props for at least doing something different then bald guy shoots gun like a lot of games do, even if it's not really my thing.
#9 Edited by phrosnite (3517 posts) -

I haven't played it yet... No way I'm gonna like it as much as I liked the first one due to the following reasons: 
1. The game has zero replay value. You do the puzzles once and that's it.
2. The end credits' song SUCKS compared to the original. It's pretty bad on its own too.
3. Glados won't be as interesting as in the firts game.

#10 Posted by Jimbo (9710 posts) -

I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.

#11 Posted by WilliamHenry (1195 posts) -

@phrosnite said:

I haven't played it yet... No way I'm gonna like it as much as I liked the first one.

You'd be surprised.

#12 Posted by phrosnite (3517 posts) -
@DivineCC said:

@phrosnite said:

I haven't played it yet... No way I'm gonna like it as much as I liked the first one.

You'd be surprised.

No, I won't.
#13 Posted by Jimbo (9710 posts) -

@phrosnite said:

I haven't played it yet... No way I'm gonna like it as much as I liked the first one due to the following reasons: 1. The game has zero replay value. You do the puzzles once and that's it. 2. The end credits' song SUCKS compared to the original. It's pretty bad on its own too.3. Glados won't be as interesting as in the firts game.

Did the first Portal have a lot of replay value then?

#14 Posted by phrosnite (3517 posts) -
@Jimbo said:

@phrosnite said:

I haven't played it yet... No way I'm gonna like it as much as I liked the first one due to the following reasons: 1. The game has zero replay value. You do the puzzles once and that's it. 2. The end credits' song SUCKS compared to the original. It's pretty bad on its own too.3. Glados won't be as interesting as in the firts game.

Did the first Portal have a lot of replay value then?

Of course it did. The challenges... I have spent 21 hours in Portal and its SP lasts for 3 hours.
#15 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Always glad to see Valve doing well.

#16 Posted by Evilsbane (4326 posts) -

This makes me want to go play Portal 2.

#17 Posted by Intro (1191 posts) -

Good, it's a great game.

#18 Posted by Kyle (2323 posts) -

@phrosnite said:

I haven't played it yet... No way I'm gonna like it as much as I liked the first one due to the following reasons: 1. The game has zero replay value. You do the puzzles once and that's it. 2. The end credits' song SUCKS compared to the original. It's pretty bad on its own too.3. Glados won't be as interesting as in the firts game.

Cool story, bro.

#19 Posted by Kraznor (1573 posts) -

Meh, alright. Wasn't the biggest fan of it. A lot of the reviews seemed really hyperbolic in light of the game I actually played. Best writing in the history of games? Hardly.

#20 Posted by gamefreak9 (2327 posts) -

This shows future for GAMING!!! PEOPLE ARE BUYING PUZZLE GAMES! 

#21 Edited by mnzy (2909 posts) -
@leejunfan83 said:

I may be in the minority but I don't think that the series is all that 

You're not. They are good, but not godsend like many make them out to be.
#22 Posted by zudthespud (3276 posts) -

@phrosnite said:

I haven't played it yet... No way I'm gonna like it as much as I liked the first one due to the following reasons: 1. The game has zero replay value. You do the puzzles once and that's it. 2. The end credits' song SUCKS compared to the original. It's pretty bad on its own too.3. Glados won't be as interesting as in the firts game.

I can't comment on the replay value for you, I've already played it twice.

The Turret Opera makes up for the lacklustre final song IMO. Even then, the song wasn't the defining feature of the first game.

Whether Glados is more interesting or not is subjective, I think she is, but Cave Johnson is an amazing character, and Wheatley was better than I expected. You are really missing out if you don't play it.

#23 Posted by Trilogy (2569 posts) -
Awesome. Portal 2 is a fucking solid game. Probably the best so far this year.
#24 Posted by Animasta (14460 posts) -

if witcher 2 wasn't so great, portal 2 would be the best. cave johnson is the best character

#25 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

Portal 2 is fucking amazing and it deserves all the money and credit it gets 
 
this comes from a negative nancy who enjoys disliking popular things

#26 Posted by MysteriousBob (6273 posts) -
@phrosnite said:
I haven't played it yet... No way I'm gonna like it as much as I liked the first one due to the following reasons:  1. The game has zero replay value. You do the puzzles once and that's it. 2. The end credits' song SUCKS compared to the original. It's pretty bad on its own too.3. Glados won't be as interesting as in the firts game.
You're pretty much right on all parts although its still worth a rental.
#27 Posted by Protonguy (305 posts) -

That's my avatar picture :D.

Congratulations to Valve. They made an amazing product and people bought it. They deserve every cent.

#28 Posted by JohnDudebro (924 posts) -

No, the best part is that you can share with your friends on Facebook!

#29 Posted by phrosnite (3517 posts) -
@zudthespud
I'm definitely going to play it but I'm going to wait for a huge price drop. No Valve game has ever lived up to the hype.
#30 Posted by Siphillis (1286 posts) -

Sadly, MW3 will pull this off in an hour.

#31 Posted by Chontamenti (153 posts) -

@Siphillis said:

Sadly, MW3 will pull this off in an hour.

Although it will be the same like MW1... yes it's sad.

@Portal 2: yay. Can't wait for the next one.

#32 Posted by SHADOWINFINITE (545 posts) -

Good news!

#33 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -
@leejunfan83
I may be in the minority but I don't think that the series is all that 
Yep, you are.
#34 Posted by CaptainComedy (41 posts) -

I don't understand why people bellyache about Modern Warfare sales every Goddamned time a story about a story concerning a game's sales runs.
 
"Oh, God, the sad part is that Modern Warfare 3 is going to do this in an hour!"
 
How is that sad? Why are you even comparing the titles? How is that sad?
 
AAAAAAAGH!

#35 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

I didn't buy the game.

#36 Posted by valrog (3671 posts) -
@Jimbo said:

I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.

This was a triumph! Wait...
 
Well, I guess those sales reflect how good Valve is when it comes to taking care of your community.
#37 Posted by SlasherMan (1725 posts) -

Portal 2 was fantastic. Another well deserved success for Valve. Would have been my GOTY were it not for The Witcher 2.

#38 Posted by MisterMouse (3531 posts) -

I still need to play through co-op unfortunately.

#39 Posted by StingingVelvet (514 posts) -

If they sold 640,000 at retail in April then May would have to be below that, meaning over half their sales came from Steam. That's pretty impressive.

#40 Posted by ninjalegend (408 posts) -

It is always nice to see a great game that is out of the normal sell well.

#41 Posted by Subjugation (4693 posts) -

Hopefully others will take note that you can make a successful game that isn't a generic FPS. If there is one thing I'd say about original games on the market today, well, there is plenty of ... SPAAAAACE!!

#42 Posted by Vexxan (4598 posts) -

Well deserved.

#43 Posted by Siphillis (1286 posts) -
@Chontamenti said:

@Siphillis said:

Sadly, MW3 will pull this off in an hour.

Although it will be the same like MW1... yes it's sad.

@Portal 2: yay. Can't wait for the next one.

Erik Wolpaw was pretty clear at NYU that Portal 2 will be the end of the series, at least in its current form.
#44 Posted by ZeroCast (1870 posts) -

Shouldn't the NDP Group or any other organization be responsible for recording how many copies were sold digitally? I mean, is there anything stopping them or is it that they don't count digital distribution as a legitimate way of buying the game?

#45 Edited by RandomInternetUser (6788 posts) -
@phrosnite said:

I haven't played it yet... No way I'm gonna like it as much as I liked the first one.

I would almost bet that you would like it more than the first.  I liked it a lot more than the first and I thought the first was pretty amazing. 
Edit:  Saw your edit.  On the replay value part, it's a lot more content that the first.  I've played over 9 hours and still have 1/5th of the co-op to finish.
#46 Posted by Icarus405 (22 posts) -

"Valve" is just another synonym for "awesome".

#47 Posted by S0ndor (2715 posts) -

Pc gaming is dead ,brah.

#48 Posted by joehandel (3 posts) -
@S0ndor said:
Pc gaming is dead ,brah.
Welcome to ten years ago.  
wait what? 
#49 Posted by Rekt_Hed (833 posts) -

@zudthespud said:

@phrosnite said:

I haven't played it yet... No way I'm gonna like it as much as I liked the first one due to the following reasons: 1. The game has zero replay value. You do the puzzles once and that's it. 2. The end credits' song SUCKS compared to the original. It's pretty bad on its own too.3. Glados won't be as interesting as in the firts game.

I can't comment on the replay value for you, I've already played it twice.

The Turret Opera makes up for the lacklustre final song IMO. Even then, the song wasn't the defining feature of the first game.

Whether Glados is more interesting or not is subjective, I think she is, but Cave Johnson is an amazing character, and Wheatley was better than I expected. You are really missing out if you don't play it.

couldnt agree more. Really happy to hear Portal 2 has been doing well. The pace of the game and the electronic soundtrack mixed with the humour make it such a joy to play.

#50 Posted by LackingSaint (1693 posts) -
@phrosnite said:
I haven't played it yet... No way I'm gonna like it as much as I liked the first one due to the following reasons:  1. The game has zero replay value. You do the puzzles once and that's it. 2. The end credits' song SUCKS compared to the original. It's pretty bad on its own too.3. Glados won't be as interesting as in the firts game.
Sucks that you've decided on your opinion on a game before you've played it, man. Self-fulfilling prophecies and all that.

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