Portal 2: Revenge of the Cake

Portal: Prelude Official Trailer from NykO18 on Vimeo.
Sorry, folks?the article title, much like the cake, is a lie. There is no Portal sequel; but there is a prequel on the way, an unofficial mod called Prelude which will actually run longer than the original game. However, Prelude has the full support of Valve, and will be offered for free on Steam (yeah, it’s PC only) purportedly later this month. From the folks making it:

Its story revolves around the pre-GlaDOS epoch, even before she was plugged in. At this time, test subjects were monitored by real Aperture Science employees, whose work was tedious, lengthy and repetitive. This is why they decided to build a great artificial intelligence that could both replace them in these difficult tasks, and also take responsibility for many other tasks within the complex and compete with Black Mesa’s superiority. All employees of the Aperture Science complex are now eagerly awaiting GlaDOS. Maybe even a little too eagerly, as the upcoming events will tell…

This game is totally free and set to be released somewhere around the end of september 2008. It offers a bit more gameplay hours than the original Portal, with 8 chapters, 48 challenges, 6 advanced maps, a brand new storyline and more than 400 lines of speech with english and french subtitles.

The trailer does look pretty swell, between the slightly sinister scientists and puzzles involving flinging cubes through the portals to hit buttons on the wall. Here’s something John Hodgman can lord over Justin Long.