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

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Posted by MattBodega (1903 posts) -

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.
#1 Posted by MattBodega (1903 posts) -

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.
#2 Posted by Milkman (16238 posts) -

Kessler?!

#3 Edited by Gregomasta (1541 posts) -

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

#4 Posted by natetodamax (19142 posts) -

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

#5 Posted by Bossman4595 (73 posts) -
@Milkman said:
" Kessler?! "
^^.....and also i can't wait for this game
#6 Posted by AmmyDog (61 posts) -

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

#7 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2780 posts) -

Valve has proved time and again that release dates are a piece of cake for them.
#8 Posted by golddeathmonkey (37 posts) -

Yay! The return of everybody's fave intern!

#9 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

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

#10 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19186 posts) -

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.

#11 Posted by Jeknod (228 posts) -

I KILLED YOU KESSLER

#12 Posted by jelekeloy (456 posts) -

HELL YES!
And also, woohoo Kessler!

#13 Posted by VoshiNova (1594 posts) -
@Milkman said:
" Kessler?! "
#14 Posted by Masem (1 posts) -

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

#15 Posted by s7evn (1072 posts) -
@Jeknod said:
" I KILLED YOU KESSLER "
You cannot kill he-who-cannot-be-killed.
#16 Posted by wonderhare (350 posts) -

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

#17 Posted by Jolt92 (1530 posts) -

Yay, Kessler.

#18 Posted by MattBodega (1903 posts) -

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!

#19 Posted by AjayRaz (12391 posts) -
@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!!
#20 Posted by Drebin_893 (2872 posts) -

Yay! More Kessler!

#21 Posted by Dr_VonBoogie (348 posts) -

Nice, and its releasing on my birthday as well.

#22 Posted by Aas (600 posts) -

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

#23 Posted by Nadafinga (953 posts) -

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.

#24 Posted by dvorak (1495 posts) -

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

#25 Posted by ArmedBear (218 posts) -

The crew is going to pay Kessler in Twinkies.

#26 Posted by Glak (613 posts) -

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

#27 Posted by ch3burashka (4916 posts) -

The real Robot Hell... 
  

   
Actually, not that bad a place.
#28 Posted by Diabloshadow (263 posts) -
@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!
#29 Posted by Baillie (3955 posts) -

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

#30 Posted by ThePilgrums (417 posts) -
@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!!
#31 Edited by Mister_Snig (498 posts) -

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

#32 Posted by fedorajay (405 posts) -

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

#33 Posted by Fox (19 posts) -

So, February 9th in Valve time is like what? August?  
  
But big YAY for Stephen Merchant!
#34 Posted by Tebbit (4435 posts) -
@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.
#35 Posted by MeatSim (10612 posts) -

Matt is back!

#36 Posted by 2HeadedNinja (1453 posts) -

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

#37 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

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

#38 Posted by Azteck (7447 posts) -
@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!
#39 Posted by guilherme (325 posts) -

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

#40 Posted by Jethuty (1023 posts) -

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

#41 Posted by MisterMouse (3531 posts) -

uhh valve time says that wont hold up...

#42 Posted by LutonHatter (323 posts) -
@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.

#43 Posted by Scooper (7882 posts) -

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.

#44 Posted by Tregard (140 posts) -

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

#45 Edited by TheAdmin (703 posts) -

what is February 9, 2011 in Valve time?

#46 Posted by BeachThunder (11281 posts) -
@99X said:
" what is February 9, 2011 in Valve time? "
Hopefully Feb 9 :(
#47 Posted by RobDaFunk (336 posts) -
@Tregard said:
" We need a Karl Pilkington Robot in Portal 2.  We must have one. "
I second this most DEFINATELY.
#48 Posted by Prolix (188 posts) -

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

#49 Posted by fillmoejoe (1469 posts) -

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

#50 Posted by Landon (4115 posts) -

Not holding my breath on this. Just in case.

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