…ok, so perhaps it’s not such a shock. Valve has delayed more projects in its time than most developers could possibly hope to start. The latest greatly anticipated Valve title to be judged not quite ready and shoved back into the development oven for a few months is mind-bending puzzler Portal 2, which is now due for release on February 9, 2011.
The sequel to 2007’s huge hit was originally slated for a 2010 release and eager fans could be forgiven for not holding their breath until February, what with Valve’s notorious track record of multiple and lengthy delays. Anyone feeling despondent would do well to remember, however, that there’s a reason Valve has a dodgy history when it comes to delays: the team behind Half-Life, Left 4 Dead and Team Fortress sets itself an astonishingly high bar with every new release. Whilst we’re not going to be getting our hands on Portal 2 until February at the earliest, we can be confident that the game is in the safe hands of a merry band of perfectionists who won’t settle for anything less than the best. Mind you, Valve might be pushing their luck somewhat if they think they can get away with another Half-Life 2-style saga of stoppages.
So as to keep us keen, today’s announced delay was softened with some more intriguing news. Ricky Gervais’ partner-in-laughs, Stephen Merchant, will be voicing the character of Wheatley, the strangely friendly robot seen in recent trailers.
Source: Game Informer