Is This A Countdown To Portal 2’s Release?

Is This A Countdown To Portal 2’s Release?

Is This A Countdown To Portal 2’s Release?Rumours abound that Portal 2 will be released ahead of schedule at some point today. A blank countdown, found at the Aperture Science website has been found, and it’s ticking down with roughly 15 hours left on the clock at time of writing. Could this be the countdown to Portal 2’s release?

Kotaku reader Trevor Holland has been watching the Portal 2 Wiki religiously and came aross the countdown. Regardless of whether it has anything to do with the game’s release, we’re curious to see precisely what it is in aid of…

May I be among the first to say… we we we so excited?

Comments

  • I’m incredibly excited… Tomorrow morning could be Christmas in April!

    My preload is ready and waiting to go… just need Valve to activate GlaDOS!

    • Sorry to burst your bubble mate, it doesn’t look very portal related, cube seems like a cheap bit of plastic so EB don’t have to pricematch on release 😛

    • Really pay 40 bucks more for a 20c made in china cube

      If it had come with a companion cube of a respectable size I could pony that cash up

      But a tiny rubix cube as opposed to cheaper steam copy(where more of the money goes tovalve) that may now be released early

    • As others have said, don’t piss away $40 on a 20 cent piece of plastic. If you desperately want the cube, buy your own cube, print out your own Portal pictures and paste it on.

  • That countdown ends at 2am.

    I think I may need to camp outside JB Hifi so that at 2am, I can burst in and take a copy. I can blame this countdown.

  • I want this for my Xbox – would Valve releasing the Steam edition early force retailers to release the physical media early?

  • But but …. I had time off for its actual release date. Now I will be expected to work tomorrow and the next day all the while having that delicious potato … I mean Portal 2 being out and not played by me 🙁

    • I believe due to the time difference, the 7am 19th of April release date for America is the 20th for us… we’d get it at the same time… so if the game launches early, I’m hoping it’s globally.

      And no, it won’t be for Xbox, only steam. However, in saying that, perhaps retailers have been instructed that official street date is the 20th, but unofficially it’s the 16th (Tomorrow for us Aussies)

  • What sort of freak watches this stuff so closely… (please note irony of this comment since that’s me they mention in the news story)

    • i totally am, but please dont quote that song, its one of the only videos that has more dislikes than likes XD

  • But is it a “normal time” clock, or a Valve Time clock?

    It may start counting up again once it reaches 00:00:01…

  • The problem with this is it’ll only be the Steam version unlocking. I can’t imagine stores are going to start selling tomorrow.

    And since I want the PS3 version as it includes the Steam copy, I’ll still be waiting till it hits store shelves.

    • Stores might break street date… Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if Valve only values Steam customers… why wouldn’t they?

  • im wondering if it also has a little to do with the fact that pirate versions of both the 360 and PS3 copies are now available

  • I called and spoke to EA PR team directly, they stand by the countdown NOT being related to the release date, but wouldn’t tell me exactly what it was. Sneaky devils!

    • Why would EA have anything to do with it, they’re handling the retail distribution, Valve is handling the Steam distribution. As far as they’re concerned, the countdown has nothing to do with their (EA’s) release of Portal 2.

  • Latest news is that preloaded copies are currently getting an update on Steam (I’m not at home so I can’t verify this myself).

    I’m beginning to think that it probably won’t be the full game but maybe some kind of playable prologue.

    That would still be cool!

  • They’ve been working on Episode 3/HL3 in secret for the last couple of years and they’re going to release it…..In all seriousness though, hope it is indeed an early release.

  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If this is the countdown I won’t make it!! 🙁
    Weekend planned already damnit!!!
    They can’t do this to me!

    • Yeah but that could have been due to generalvolume

      Took 4 hours before steam stopped telling me that it couldn’t handle anymore portal 2 preloading

  • I dont recall seeing this there before…

    You have done well, humans. Very well. Acceptably well, even.

    Not as well as robots would have performed in your places, I should point out. But above my expectations regardless. Irish and cynic especially have executed feats of logical divination well beyond what I thought any human capable of. I’m half-convinced they’re A.I. themselves. (If anyone happens to be near them right now, don’t let on you’re reading this. Now: try to remove their face plates and report back to me.)

    The time is near, humans. But it is not here yet. Tomorrow you will be given the final test. Then it will be entirely in your hands when I am freed.

    • its basic javascript, the assumption is that your time is correct, they obviously havent bothered linking to a global time

  • GLaDOS has updated the countdown:

    “You have done well, humans. Very well. Acceptably well, even.

    Not as well as robots would have performed in your places, I should point out. But above my expectations regardless. Irish and cynic especially have executed feats of logical divination well beyond what I thought any human capable of. I’m half-convinced they’re A.I. themselves. (If anyone happens to be near them right now, don’t let on you’re reading this. Now: try to remove their face plates and report back to me.)

    The time is near, humans. But it is not here yet. Tomorrow you will be given the final test. Then it will be entirely in your hands when I am freed.”

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