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Valve's Doug Lombardi has told Eurogamer that you won't see a new Portal this year.

Instead, the developer will knuckle down and try to do something as revolutionary as Half-Life 2 was to the original Half-Life - because that's the Valve way.

"In typical Valve tradition, it won't be Portal with different colours," said Lombardi, dressed as a companion cube. "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."

Portal was released last October and Valve was surprised at the effect it had; Lombardi says it shocked him to see people dressed as companion cubes as soon as a week or two after release.

The original game - described as an "experiment" - went very well, then, and now Valve is doing plenty of research and development to find out what "more" it is going to offer.

"I think you have to be ambitious. For us, that's really paid off. Half-Life 2 was the right decision, it was painful, six years and upwards of 40 million dollars to develop, but that paid off. That's our recipe," concluded Lombardi.
oh well
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Still Alive will have to tide over my portal woes... but I still can't wait till portal 2...
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I want to see better graphics, longer games, and they better make it allot harder. If they did that and added allot of new aspects then i think they couldn't do much better.
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Good to hear! I'm tired of devs (*cough*EA*cough*) trying to push out games before they are ready, or worth releasing. I'd much rather have an excellent game next year than have **** this year.

AND I WANT ALAN WAKE DAMNIT!
    
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If you haven't heard, there's user maps you can download off third party websites, like halflife2.filefront.com and other sources. It's not like you can't extend play a little and see what's out there.

But, I, too, agree with the delay of a good game. "Boring" hits a lot of trends lately, and shouldn't smother out good things too quickly.
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I am completely fine with this. As long as Valve cares about the development of the game they can take there time on it. Unlike EA who rushes games out.
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who honestly expected portal 2 to be released 1 year after portal 1. give them time to develop the thing gosh dang it
    
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who honestly expected portal 2 to be released 1 year after portal 1. give them time to develop the thing gosh dang it
Not sure, but I heard that Portal toke around three years.
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Not sure, but I heard that Portal toke around three years.
that's fine with me, they took their time with episode 1 & 2, i want them to do the same thing with portal
    
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Agreed. I'd rather have a high-quality product, than a rush-job, that is just more of the same. Portal was a huge hit and the bar is high.
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