Portal 2 Cover Released
EA have released the cover artwork for the much anticipated Portal 2 game for the PS3. It looks like Valve are taking the PS3 user base a lot more seriously these days.
After the rather insulting views on the PS3 a while ago from Gabe Newell (head of Valve) they have done a complete U-turn. He actually said the PS3 was "a waste of everybody's time"! Originally, I believe it was down to Valve not wanting to learn the brand new technology to get the best from the PS3. They were stuck in their 'PC world' and feared the work involved in brining their engine to the unfamiliar Playstation powerhouse. Since then it looks like they have spent more time with it as Gabe more recently said that the PS3 version of Portal 2 was the best console version available. Erik Johnson (project manager at Valve) also repaired some of the damage when he said that the Playstation 3 is "incredibly important to us" back at Gamescom 2010. He added, "We don't feel that the PS3 users had the Valve experience that we like to deliver".
Valve are bringing Steamworks to the PS3 which should help solve some of the problems they were heavily criticized for with the slated (and rushed) version of the 'Orange Box' that featured the original Portal game. This should include the ability for downloadable add-ons and updates, and possibly more Steam titles on the PS3 in the future. It was unable to get Steamworks on the Xbox 360.
Portal 2 has been named the most anticipated game of 2011 at the Spike TV Video Game Awards and will be released on 21st April 2011. We will get to visit new sections of Aperture Science Labs and reunite with GLaDOS the "occasionally murderous computer companion". There is a new co-operative mode with its own unique campaign and characters forcing players to coordinate and work together.
EA have struck the deal with Valve and will be distributing the retail versions of the game including those on the PS3. I loved the original Portal game on the PC which had the perfect balance of puzzles and action, and Portal 2 looks to be something rather special.