Don’t Expect Portal 2 in 2008
Portal was undoubtedly one of the biggest hits last year, but Valve isn’t in any hurry to rush out a sequel. Doug Lombardi told Eurogamer yesterday that they’re aiming to make the inevitable Portal sequel as revolutionary as Half-Life 2 was to the original Half-Life.
“In typical Valve tradition, it won’t be Portal with different colours,” said Lombardi. “I think that when you hit something like that, you have two choices: you can quickly replicate it and stick it out there – do the opportunistic thing and cash in on it; or you can do the crazy thing like we did after Half-Life was so successful and go off and try and say, ‘Okay, that was revolutionary, so its successor has to be equally as revolutionary.’
“That’s the spirit I think we’re approaching it in,” he added. “You won’t see a new Portal at retail this Christmas because of that. That’s the trade off. People want more, but we don’t want to give them more of the same right away because that would just be boring.”
Props to Valve for standing firm and not cashing in by turning Portal into a yearly franchise. Whether you liked the game or not, you have to respect that decision.