Portal is one of this generation’s biggest gaming phenomenons, rapidly gaining popularity between all demographics inside the gaming commonality. When word first struck about a sequel to one of Valve’s most beloved titles, it’s fans rejoiced, eager to put their hands back on that hefty portal gun.
We’re only a few months away from Portal 2‘s long awaited release, and while Valve has quenched our curiosity with mesmerizing gameplay footage, some of us may still be asking ourselves a few questions. Why is Aperture Science in such an apparent state of decay, and how did Chell survive it all? Well, it just so happens that Valve may have the answers to our burning inquiries.
“We’re actually going to release something that we’re not talking about yet that will give a little bit of the story of the interim time,” Erik Wolpaw, one of the writers for Portal 2, told Kotaku this weekend at PAX East. Wolpaw wouldn’t delve much further, unfortunately, but assures that this surprise will arrive before Portal 2‘s April debut.
Wolpaw did acknowledge that Portal and Half-Life do co-exist, and while they may fit together, there won’t be much of a crossover between the two. “Portal is after Half-Life 1 and before Half-Life 2,” said Wolpaw. “Without getting into it too much, Portal 2 is further down the line.”
Valve also announced at PAX East the inclusion of a new character: Aperture Science founder Cave Johnson, who will be voiced by Spider Man and Juno actor J.K. Simmons.
Portal 2 is due out April 19 or, as Gabe Newell likes to say, “it’s done when it’s done”.