Portal 2 Adds Multiplayer Co-op, Hits This "Holiday"

Officially released details on Valve's sequel to Portal were scant. Fortunately, retailer GameStop comes through with some major details, including the addition of a two-player cooperative campaign mode and all-new characters.

GameStop's description of the PC and Xbox 360 game indicates that Portal 2 is due later this year - the online retailer lists an October 26 release date - bringing with a cast of "dynamic new characters" and "never-before-seen areas of the Aperture Science Labs". And yes, as hinted at earlier, players will be reunited with GLaDOS.

The only details on Portal 2's multiplayer mode from GameStop are that it will feature its own unique story-driven campaign. The "new mode forces players to reconsider everything they thought they knew about portals", requiring players "to not just act cooperatively, but to think cooperatively".

Here's the full product description.

Coming this holiday. Portal 2 is the sequel to 2007's Game of the Year and draws from the award-winning formula of innovative game play, story, and music that earned the original over 70 industry accolades. Features single and multiplayer co-op modes. The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces a cast of dynamic new characters, a host of fresh puzzle elements, and a much larger set of devious test chambers. Players will explore never-before-seen areas of the Aperture Science Labs and be reunited with GLaDOS, the occasionally murderous computer companion who guided them through the original game. The game's two-player cooperative mode features its own entirely separate campaign with a unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters. This new mode forces players to reconsider everything they thought they knew about portals. Success will require them to not just act cooperatively, but to think cooperatively.



    A fully flegded game is fantastic. For me Portal was by far the best game of the Orange Box. It is so creative and refreshing different; it made me feel smart. Hopefully there is local split-screen co-op and a PS3 Port!

    Never before has the term 'nerdgasm' had so much meaning.

      hi joshy :D and yes, i agree entirely

    Ugh! This seems to Bioshock 2 to me.


    I must admit - Portal seems MORE worthy of a sequel in terms of storyline compared to Bioshock. Bioshock could have just been Bioshock and it wouldn't have mattered. Portal ended with questions that with Valve fangirls, they wanted answers. I guess everything Valve does HAS to have a sequel or the fangirls won't keep quiet.

    But its going to be real hard to match the acclaim of Portal 1 just like Bioshock 2 is BY NO MEANS Bioshock 1.

      Valve never fails to impress. Bioshock 2 was created by a different developer. Portal 2 is being created by the same developer and there is a greater expansion from an arcade-price title to a full-price retail release. I have no doubt this game will be brilliant.

      Don't forget what Valve have done in the past with sequels. half life was one of the most critically acclaimed titles in gaming. They followed that up with an even more critically acclaimed sequel.

      Team Fortress 2 was a complete reboot, and completely changed the feel of the series, and that is one of the bigger online shooters even four years down the track.

      It's not just that the all the Valve fans want sequels; it's the fact that Valve are creating this huge story arc that is literally creating (for me) an almost RPG scale universe. I want to take in as much back and side story as I can.

        But don't forget Left 4 Dead 2, a game which imo was no where near as revolutionary and ground breaking as its predecessor.


      Bioshock wrapped everything up. Portal left you lieing outside and alive in rubble with a robot who's apparently Still Alive.

      If the original game didn't have a story, maybe it wouldn't have required a sequel but it left it for a sequel and that's what it's going to get.

      Bioshock had a sequel for money, Portal had a sequel because it's what it needed. Boo you.

    I'm going to purposefully keep my hopes about it being better than Portal down, as it would be way too easy to be disappointed by a sequel, but still... I am VERY VERY EXCITED!

    Quite interesting concept the coop mode. Looking forward to it.

    Didn't the developers say they didnt include multiplayer in Portal 1 because "it wasnt as much fun as you would think"?

      I guess thats why they went back to the drawing board and came up with a co-op type multiplayer instead?

    Can someone who speaks American please translate the meaning of 'This holiday'?

    What do they mean? Labour Day? Queen's Birthday? Easter? Christmas? Late June when I go to the beach with friends??

    I'm not being a smartass by the way; I'm actually trying to figure out what they mean.

      Christmas. Expect Portal 2 around November.

    WHERE THE HELL IS EPISODE 3!?!?!?!??!?!

      Episode what?

    Awesome Birthday present for me if indeed it gets launched on October 26!

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