Portal 2 possibly releasing on PC tomorrow (Apr 15)

#1 Edited by sLiPdIsCo (49 posts) -
This came out of the ARG the other day. It got buried quickly and only a few sites, such as 1up mentioned it. 
So if the ARG is successful we might be playing Portal 2 early on the PC.
Follow the ARG here and here

Update: Morse code was found in the live recording of the Steamcast which repeats 
"it's not over the others have been compromised".
#2 Posted by Bocam (3665 posts) -

I thought this was debunked by Valve.

#3 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

Something better happen tomorrow, because I've wasted so much time getting all these fucking potatoes.

#4 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

It was proven fake on the Valve forums already.

#5 Posted by l4wd0g (1891 posts) -

maybe the demo tomorrow?

#6 Posted by BeachThunder (11634 posts) -
@l4wd0g said:
" maybe the demo tomorrow? "
Yeah, actually that's what I was thinking, it does seem pretty strange to release it that early without properly notifying everyone.
#7 Posted by sLiPdIsCo (49 posts) -
@KaosAngel:  I didn't see any posts that 100% prove that it's fake. It is possible that I missed it.
#8 Posted by FreakAche (2948 posts) -

Half-Life 3 is coming out tomorrow guys.

#9 Edited by MattyFTM (14328 posts) -

I've heard that it was debunked by valve, but I haven't seen the post myself, and "4/19/2011_7AM=4/15/2011_9AM" is pretty blatant in hinting at an early release, since 7AM on the 19th is exactly when the steam download was supposed to activate. And it would make sense as a method of stopping people buying the PS3 version, activating the steam install and then selling the PS3 copy. If people can get it sooner on PC, they'd probably opt for that rather than the PS3 method.

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#10 Posted by sLiPdIsCo (49 posts) -

A lot of people are claiming publishing deals wouldn't allow this, but maybe the free steam copy with the ps3 version could just be something to smooth this over with EA. If this does happen I would assume EA would have been aware of it along time ago.

#11 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

excitement 

#12 Posted by jorbear (2517 posts) -

I really wish I understood what was going on at all...

Either way, I need my Portal 2 NOW.
#13 Posted by sLiPdIsCo (49 posts) -

Worst part for me is that I signed up for work this weekend and took a couple days off next week to play portal. Can't complain too much considering I'll still get to play some this weekend (if the rumor is true) and have five days off next week to play.

#14 Posted by MachoFantastico (4474 posts) -

Interesting! Am I correct in thinking that technically Valve could release Portal 2 on Steam whenever they wanted as they are not locked down to a publishers deal on Steam. So it wouldn't shock me. 

Sounds like something Valve would do. 
#15 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -
@FreakAche said:
" Half-Life 3 is coming out tomorrow guys. "
Don't toy with my emotions.
#16 Edited by MattyFTM (14328 posts) -
@TrueEnglishGent said:

" Interesting! Am I correct in thinking that technically Valve could release Portal 2 on Steam whenever they wanted as they are not locked down to a publishers deal on Steam. So it wouldn't shock me. 

Sounds like something Valve would do."

Well it depends how tight their publishing deal with EA is. I know if I was EA I wouldn't want valve releasing a digital version before the boxed version hit shelves, and I'd want that to be part of the contract when signing the publishing deal. But Valve are probably big enough at this point that they could tell EA that if they don't agree to their terms they'll find another publisher, and EA might have to back down unless they wanted to lose a publishing deal worth a considerable amount of money to a rival publisher.
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#17 Posted by AlexW00d (6167 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
" @TrueEnglishGent said:

" Interesting! Am I correct in thinking that technically Valve could release Portal 2 on Steam whenever they wanted as they are not locked down to a publishers deal on Steam. So it wouldn't shock me. 

Sounds like something Valve would do."

Well it depends how tight their publishing deal with EA is. I know if I was EA I wouldn't want valve releasing a digital version before the boxed version hit shelves, and I'd want that to be part of the contract when signing the publishing deal. But Valve are probably big enough at this point that they could tell EA that if they don't agree to their terms they'll find another publisher, and EA might have to back down unless they wanted to lose a publishing deal worth a considerable amount of money to a rival publisher. "
I'm pretty sure EA are just distributing the retail versions... As opposed to actually publishing it, I think Valve are publishing it themselves. That is what Wikipedia tells me.
#18 Edited by MattyFTM (14328 posts) -
@AlexW00d said:

" @MattyFTM said:

" @TrueEnglishGent said:

" Interesting! Am I correct in thinking that technically Valve could release Portal 2 on Steam whenever they wanted as they are not locked down to a publishers deal on Steam. So it wouldn't shock me. 

Sounds like something Valve would do."

Well it depends how tight their publishing deal with EA is. I know if I was EA I wouldn't want valve releasing a digital version before the boxed version hit shelves, and I'd want that to be part of the contract when signing the publishing deal. But Valve are probably big enough at this point that they could tell EA that if they don't agree to their terms they'll find another publisher, and EA might have to back down unless they wanted to lose a publishing deal worth a considerable amount of money to a rival publisher. "
I'm pretty sure EA are just distributing the retail versions... As opposed to actually publishing it, I think Valve are publishing it themselves. That is what Wikipedia tells me. "
That's just semantics. Whether you call them distributors or publishers (which are more or less the same thing, with maybe a small handful of differences) there will definitely be complicated and convoluted legal documents between EA and Valve, and EA wouldn't want those agreements to allow valve to release the game via Steam prior to the retail version, which EA is distributing.
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#19 Posted by sLiPdIsCo (49 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:

" @AlexW00d said:

" @MattyFTM said:

" @TrueEnglishGent said:

" Interesting! Am I correct in thinking that technically Valve could release Portal 2 on Steam whenever they wanted as they are not locked down to a publishers deal on Steam. So it wouldn't shock me. 

Sounds like something Valve would do."

Well it depends how tight their publishing deal with EA is. I know if I was EA I wouldn't want valve releasing a digital version before the boxed version hit shelves, and I'd want that to be part of the contract when signing the publishing deal. But Valve are probably big enough at this point that they could tell EA that if they don't agree to their terms they'll find another publisher, and EA might have to back down unless they wanted to lose a publishing deal worth a considerable amount of money to a rival publisher. "
I'm pretty sure EA are just distributing the retail versions... As opposed to actually publishing it, I think Valve are publishing it themselves. That is what Wikipedia tells me. "
That's just semantics. Whether you call them distributors or publishers (which are more or less the same thing, with maybe a small handful of differences) there will definitely be complicated and convoluted legal documents between EA and Valve, and EA wouldn't want those agreements to allow valve to release the game via Steam prior to the retail version, which EA is distributing. "
This is a big release every retailer already has the game in the back. It would only take a few calls and emails to get it on shelves.
#20 Edited by JeanLuc (3565 posts) -

Clearly something is happening involving the Portal 2 ARG. Whether its an early release of Portal 2 or something else, we'll just have a wait and see.

#21 Posted by sLiPdIsCo (49 posts) -
@MattyFTM:  Plus, what you said about Valve being big enough to pull it off has a lot of weight. I think Valve has a lot more pull with publishers than any other independent developer in the business. The only rival would be Bungie, but they don't have the number 1 digital distribution platform for games on PC. EA sells games though Steam.
#22 Posted by p_p_o_d (543 posts) -
#23 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

So is this real or fake?

#24 Edited by MattyFTM (14328 posts) -
@rebgav said:

" @MattyFTM said:

"  there will definitely be complicated and convoluted legal documents between EA and Valve, and EA wouldn't want those agreements to allow valve to release the game via Steam prior to the retail version, which EA is distributing. "
EA have no say in the matter, they have no claim to the digital distribution. Even if they wanted to tie Valve's hands they would have no leverage as Valve could walk away and take Portal 2 to another publisher. It's a safe bet that Valve's deal with EA has no bearing on what Steam can or can't do. "
I did say in my other post that Valve are probably big enough as to be able to avoid a publisher like EA demanding a same day release on Steam and Retail, but it's not guaranteed that it actually happened. There might be other things in the agreement between Valve & EA that could greatly benefit Valve (perhaps EA contribute to marketing of the game or something like that) that another publisher would not provide, and that would make Valve agree to not release the game on Steam prior to the retail release. And since it's common place to release games via digital distribution on the same day as retail, it wouldn't be a big concession for Valve to make. These agreements are very complicated things that involve so many different clauses and benefits to both sides. I'm not claiming to know either way, I'm just saying that these agreements are complicated and none of us can know what Valve & EA's agreement is, and what that permits either party to do with the Portal 2 release. 
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#25 Posted by Mr_Spinnington (122 posts) -
#26 Posted by Manhattan_Project (2114 posts) -
#27 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

I WAS FUCKING WRONG?!  O_o

I have never been wrong on this site yet.  WTF

#28 Posted by StarvingGamer (7905 posts) -

God bless the people that have enough time in their days to crack codes and find potatoes on poles.

#29 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

IS PORTAL 2 REALLY COMING OUT TOMORROW FOR THE MASTER RACE?!  

#30 Posted by Buck (148 posts) -
#31 Posted by Manhattan_Project (2114 posts) -
@Buck said:
" @Manhattan_Project said:
" @Mr_Spinnington said:
"  http://www.aperturescience.com/a/b/c/d/g/h/abcdgh/it's happening "
Whoa. "
Does that mean it's confirmed? Is that site official?! WHAT IS THIS WITH THE POTATOES?! 

I can't sleep now...
"
Site is official but we have no idea what its counting down to.
#32 Posted by BeachThunder (11634 posts) -
#33 Edited by sLiPdIsCo (49 posts) -
@p_p_o_d said:

" someone on the steam forums has a neat theory.


http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1835057

I think it makes perfect scene.    
I guess we need more potato's for portal 2 to release??"

This is now a theory on the wiki.
Joining this group in steam will get you a potato. Before anyone tries to claim I'm phishing, just search for
#34 Edited by bwheeeler (418 posts) -

The countdown timer doesn't confirm anything. The ARG has been pointing towards something coming tomorrow for a long time now.


I'm really not sure what's happening -- if it does release early, it'll be unprecedented; if not, there will be a lot of unhappy fans. Actually, even if it does release early, there will be a lot of unhappy fans -- everyone who purchased somewhere other than Steam that isn't getting it four days early. There are tons of people buying on consoles that will likely get a little upset.

If Valve doesn't want to make anyone mad, they'd better reveal something big, like Episode 3. I'm afraid that releasing early could alienate console users. I certainly wouldn't be happy.

#35 Posted by sLiPdIsCo (49 posts) -

last post was cut off and won't let me edit the rest in. anyway 
... just search for NELIPOT on the community tab in steam and join there. Also, you might need to own one game from the potato sack to get it. 

#36 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -
@MagikOvenMit said:
"If Valve doesn't want to make anyone mad, they'd better reveal something big, like Episode 3. I'm afraid that releasing early could alienate console users. I certainly wouldn't be happy."
The hype is too big, it's worse if Valve pisses off the PC fanbase over the console users.  There's a reason why the PC is the master race.
#37 Posted by Hunkulese (2624 posts) -
@MagikOvenMit said:
" The countdown timer doesn't confirm anything. The ARG has been pointing towards something coming tomorrow for a long time now.

I'm really not sure what's happening -- if it does release early, it'll be unprecedented; if not, there will be a lot of unhappy fans. Actually, even if it does release early, there will be a lot of unhappy fans -- everyone who purchased somewhere other than Steam that isn't getting it four days early. There are tons of people buying on consoles that will likely get a little upset.

If Valve doesn't want to make anyone mad, they'd better reveal something big, like Episode 3. I'm afraid that releasing early could alienate console users. I certainly wouldn't be happy.

"
I hate people like you. What difference does it make if PC users get to play the game a few days before you? It doesn't change anything for you. You'll get the game on the same day no matter what.  
#38 Posted by sLiPdIsCo (49 posts) -
@MagikOvenMit said:
" The countdown timer doesn't confirm anything. The ARG has been pointing towards something coming tomorrow for a long time now.

I'm really not sure what's happening -- if it does release early, it'll be unprecedented; if not, there will be a lot of unhappy fans. Actually, even if it does release early, there will be a lot of unhappy fans -- everyone who purchased somewhere other than Steam that isn't getting it four days early. There are tons of people buying on consoles that will likely get a little upset.

If Valve doesn't want to make anyone mad, they'd better reveal something big, like Episode 3. I'm afraid that releasing early could alienate console users. I certainly wouldn't be happy.

"
So a bunch of nerds will get pissed and say they won't buy the game but they'll buy it anyway. Just like what happened with MW2 on PC.
#39 Posted by bwheeeler (418 posts) -
@Hunkulese: I'm just saying that playing favorites will inevitably piss someone off, even if it makes sense that they would play favorites toward the PC. I, personally, will be able to deal with waiting four days (though not without wishing I had more friends that played on PC), but there will be people who are not happy with Valve for doing this. But if they do, more power to them. It'd be kind of awesome.
#40 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -
@MagikOvenMit: It's Valve though, do you honestly think they'd wouldn't take the PC side?  That's like saying Blizzard loves making games for the Xbox, and Diablo III will be out before on console than PC.
#41 Posted by bwheeeler (418 posts) -
@KaosAngel: I'm not surprised. But I'm not sure that it's the right path to take when they're releasing the same game on three platforms (with the PS3 version arguably being the ideal one to buy). I don't like that they're essentially saying "Didn't buy on Steam? Wrong decision!" The Blizzard analogy is kind of bunk because, well, Diablo III is a PC game, and Blizzard isn't releasing it on consoles. If they were making a game that was for both consoles and PC, yeah, I'd expect them all to be supported equally.

But, like I said, if they do release it early on PC, more power to them. It would be an excellent experiment and give people a lot to talk about.
#42 Posted by baconbringer (38 posts) -
#43 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

 HOLY FUCKING SHIT!  
#44 Posted by StarvingGamer (7905 posts) -
@KaosAngel: Portal 2's what...? Portal 2's DotA2 trailer?
#45 Posted by Matt (954 posts) -

If they were to release portal 2 early it would makes sense to give it to people who already pre-ordered via steam.

#46 Posted by BeachThunder (11634 posts) -
@StarvingGamer said:
" @KaosAngel: Portal 2's what...?"
Demo? :(
#47 Posted by baconbringer (38 posts) -
@BeachThunder:  I believe they said there would be no demo until after release, but at this point you can't really believe anything they say.
#48 Edited by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -
@baconbringer said:

" @BeachThunder:  I believe they said there would be no demo until after release, but at this point you can't really believe anything they say. "

SHUT UP!  PITTSBURGH SUCKS!  FLYERS WILL WIN THE STANLEY CUP AND PORTAL 2 WILL RELEASE TOMORROW!  GABE WOULDN'T FUCK WITH US LIKE THIS!

EDIT:  Pittsburgh is my second favorite city after Philly tho. :P
#49 Posted by baconbringer (38 posts) -
@KaosAngel:  FUCK THE FLYERS. also, I'm pretty sure it will release tomorrow too.
#50 Posted by Keith_Games (26 posts) -

Side note but anyone think we'll get some kind of word on episode 3 with/after the release of portal 2?

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