When Portal 2 missed its “Holiday 2010” release date, nobody was really surprised. Today, however, Valve have shocked gamers around the world with the news the game will be available the week of April 18th, 2011.
The date might seem unassuming at first – but this is only a two month slip from the original, revised date. Valve are quite proud of the fact this is the shortest delay in their “proud tradition of delays” – and rightly so.
Half-Life 2 was announced for a September 2003 release, which turned out to be November 2004. Episode 2 was due June 2006, which blew out to October 2007 – the same time as Team Fortress 2 was released – and that one we’d been expecting “soon” since 1998.
…and, of course, we’re still waiting on Half-Life 2: Episode 3, which was promised for Christmas of 2007.
On one hand, this suggests Valve might be getting better at working to deadlines. On the other, however, it might just represent the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time – signalling the end of humanity as we know it. Small price to pay though, if it means we get Portal 2, right?