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Portal 2 concept art is pretty Chell

GameInformer's continuing series of Portal 2 exclusives just revealed new concept art of Portal's heroine, Chell, as well as an extended interview with Valve's Matt Charlesworth about the team's decisions. According to Charlesworth, Valve's main goal is to make everything "look 10 times better than the first Portal." A new Source engine might facilitate that best (just saying), but ignoring that thought, the concept art is fully exciting.

Valve has experimented with a variety of ideas, including scrapping Chell. But since they know how much we love our silent, barely-visible test subject, that idea was abandoned, and Chell will return with a new, sleeker, but still depressingly drab look, which we're seeing the beginnings of.

"The constraints we had were that this girl was supposed to be dressed by machines, so any markings on the suit would have been on there for readability by the computer. She was never supposed to look as if she'd been designed. But that's something we fought with – to make her still appealing to the player, but not look over designed. Anything that doesn't serve a real purpose on the character tends to get cut."

The interview is stuffed with insight about Valve's perception of Chell and the world of Portal, and how they'd like to player to perceive her. Check it out, and let us know what you think about the Chellvolution. Most of the complaints we've seen are about her cap... but we sort of love it.

Mar 23, 2010

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12 comments

  • Tygerclaws - March 24, 2010 6:52 a.m.

    Hmmm...did a certain Singular of Blades give the concept artist a few of his..."uniforms" for reference? :D
  • iluvmyDS - March 24, 2010 6:01 a.m.

    Her outfit reminds me of THX 1138
  • Samael - March 24, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    Personally, I think it looks pretty dumb. I guess I won't see her that much when I play Portal 2, but it's still meh imho. I would LOVE a new Source engine! The current one is cranky old geezer at this point.
  • ventanger - March 23, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    I think it's pretty rad, kinda like the suit in Tron. It's cheesy, corny, lacks any kind of aesthetic design, and is unflattering to boot!
  • BigBoss - March 23, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    I know I know, it's all speculation at the moment, but their track record is to iterate the source engine with every major release. Portal 2 could be the first title of new engine for Half Life 3, anyway this is all conjecture.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - March 23, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    My comment on the new engine was a wish, not necessarily a reality. We're still waiting on Half-Life 3...or even Episode 3, for that matter.
  • BigBoss - March 23, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    The idea of a newer source engine fills with equal measures of delight and despair. I might have to upgrade my pc for this! I don't want to read too much about Portal 2, may diminish the final atmosphere of the game for me.
  • breener96 - March 23, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    *Valve
  • michaelmcc827 - March 23, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    I'm really excited about the co-op elements, and happy that it will be much more challenging. I loved the original portal, but it didn't feel like a full game, and this does.
  • breener96 - March 23, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    Valv will do a good job. I'd like to see them do something like the way Arkham Asylum was done (bare with me). The way that you could roam around the Building and outside alot, but it wasn't as big as GTA or other games like that.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - March 23, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    I think they're taking Portal 2 a lot further, and have realized that they need to flesh out Chell, and the world more (continuity be damned). I'm still not 100% clear on the story, but I'm confident that Valve'll make it work.
  • breener96 - March 23, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    It's strange that they would make Chell look different. She's been cryogenically frozen for a hundred years, but seeing as she's still alive they should've kept her the exact same as the first game. I'm sorry if they explain this in the interview, I haven't read it.

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