Portal 2 is scheduled to come out on April 19, 2011. Something is afoot, however, that have many wondering if the folks over at Valve are having a little fun with us.
No one is exactly sure what’s going on, but we’re sure to find out in just over an hour.
A timer has popped up on the Aperture Science website, steadily ticking away the hours, minutes, and seconds to 12 p.m. EST today (Friday). What will happen when the clock hits zero? No one knows.
There is, however, a message displayed beneath the timer that one can only assume is from GLaDOS, given the smug tone.
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.
So is Valve going to release Portal 2 today? Could it be? Could PC gamers be getting an early release while console gamers must wait until 4/19? Valve is known to have a love for PC gamers.
Or maybe high noon is when Valve will release its robot armies upon the world.
We’ll know soon enough, but bravo to Valve for making this interesting. I’ve always loved countdown clocks as a marketing technique. More in the video below.
- ARGhh, Portal 2 alternate reality game has final exam (joystiq.com)
- ‘Portal 2′ Timer Appears On Aperture Science Website (multiplayerblog.mtv.com)
- “Everything is Fine:” Portal 2′s ARG Is Taking Over Meatspace (wired.com)