Date: Thursday, June 17th, 2010, 19:51
The long-awaited Portal 2 was demoed at this year’s E3 and the included gameplay footage aside, the following facts were garnered during the presentation:
– The new title is wrapped around story, gameplay (fans wanted to be surprised again) and music (the Jonathan Coulton track “Still Alive” took off and became a calling card with fans were demanding music have practically a starring role in the title).
– A lot of time has passed within the story between Portal 1 and 2 and the GLaDOS test computer is putting the labs back together, as it only knows how to have a relationship through testing, which was the premise of the original title).
– Throughout the demo, there’s an amazing combination of imagery with the charred/destroyed labs repairing themselves. A mix of wreckage, clean room/tech lab and jungle footage environments mix together to create a surreal but effective new world to play in.
– New character: A small personality sphere named Wheatley (complete with a British accent) surfaces as a guide/counterpart within the game. This character has been trapped in the Aperture labs for a long time and looks to escape along with you.
– The GLaDOS computer returns, embodying an enraged, insane and passive/aggressive cleverness in its interactions with your character.
– Throughout the demonstration, the game retains its dark but irreverent sense of humor.
– Certain environments are now destructible, which adds a new dimension to the gameplay.
– Repulsion Gel: Pour it on a surface and you can sort of use it as a trampoline (blue).
– Propulsion Gel: Allows for a “fling” effect. (orange)
– The developers commented that they’re looking to work off the same skill set as Portal 1 without forcing the players to relearn too many basics.
– Portal 2 itself is that much bigger and more involved than the original (no final level count has been released).
– Portal 2 can be worked through via a two-player co-op mode, this mode offering a different set of levels.
– The title will ship next year on Mac OS X, Windows, PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.