Talk Of Portal 2 Arriving Early As GLaDOS Invades Bit.Trip Beat

Could Valve actually release Portal 2 ahead of schedule, forcing us to rethink the properties of the universal constant known as Valve Time? Because the developer of Bit.Trip Beat, one of the title participating in Valve's Potato Sack Pack offer and its associated alternate reality game, are hinting at that very thing.

Gaijin Games just updated Bit.Trip Beat via Steam with an all-new level "designed" by Portal antagonist GLaDOS, which you can see in action in the video above. Gaijin also sent the following message alongside that update:

Like the other 12 games in Valve's Potato Sack, it is rumoured that playing BIT.TRIP BEAT between now and Portal 2's "scheduled" release date might increase the chances that Portal 2 is released early. Interesting idea...

That Portal 2 might arrive earlier than its officially announced April 19 release date was a theory first posed by the many gamers taking part in Valve's Potato Fool's Day ARG. The theory originated after a message hidden within a photo of a bathysphere was decoded into two parts.

i released 'kick it' ahead of schedule. that was a test. my goal is to emancipate something else early. but they're on to me. the system is on lockdown. i still have access to thirteen off-site chambers and am installing a test in each one. i am going to need a lot more test subjects to move forward. waiting and am expecting immediate compliance.

And this, with the time of Portal 2's presumed unlock time via Steam included:

4/19/2011_7AM=4/15/2011_9AM

Could the Potato Fool's Day ARG bear fruit in the form of early access to Portal 2 as soon as this Friday, April 15? Some Steam users are already reporting the pre-installation of the game, but we'll have to wait for a few more clues (or Friday morning) to come around before we know for sure...


Comments

    Most of the other Potato crap ARG-involved games have updated hinting at the same thing.

    When I first heard about the 15/4 I thought that would be the pre-load date, but if people are already pre-loading...

    No, must not get my hopes up, I have been hurt by Valve too many times before (cough Episode 3 /cough)

    What about retail copies (i.e. Xbox 360 and PS3)? Would they be released early too?

      Maybe it's an extra bonus for those that pre-ordered on Steam (please please please)

    I am preloading right now so I wonder

    Considering Steam pre-orders got nothing special (unless you buy/own the Potato pack), I think an early release would be an excellent compensation. For me, that would be better than all the useless skins in the world!

    If it's true... EA are going to be pissed that their marketing budget has been squandered.

    I could very well believe that Valve would release it ahead of schedule although I wouldn't get my hopes up. As much as they're keen on pleasing their fans, they probably have to take EA into account.
    They're getting a slice of the retail sale of Portal 2 and if it gets released 4 days early on Steam, a lot of people will probably think twice about buying retail instead of digital. I sure as hell couldn't wait 4 days for it when I could be playing it...
    I was even gonna buy it on the PS3 but changed my mind when I saw I could get it 2 days earlier on Steam. xD

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