Portal 2 is heading to the Playstation 3.
During their E3 Conference today, Sony and Gabe Newell revealed that the sequel to the 2007 widely acclaimed Portal will also be coming to the Playstation 3.
Gabe Newell, co-founder and managing director at Valve, noted the game industry is evolving, and praised the PS3’s role in that evolution:
As an industry we’re going through a transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, and because of that, the needs of game players and game developers are evolving….it’s about giving gamers a complete, social, connective experience. By adapting an open approach to the challenges, the Playstation 3 is going to excel in this area.
The PS3 version of Portal 2 will feature Steam Cloud (which allows an online network to store saved games and other data) and automatic game updates.
Newell further stated the Playstation 3 version will be the version to play:
I think that gamers wil be delighted with features like Steam Cloud and automatic updates that will make the Playstation 3 version of Portal 2 the best version on any console.
In the past, Newell has been critical of the PS3. In late 2007 he called the system “a waste of time”. In early 2007 he stated,'”I’d say, even at this late date, they should just cancel it and do a do over. Just say, ‘This was a horrible disaster and we’re sorry and we’re going to stop selling this and stop trying to convince people to develop for it.'”
Portal 2 releases in 2011 on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. An official date hasn’t been set by Valve.