Portal 2 released early. On PC, at least. Console game vendors still need to get with the programme

Yep, the hard efforts of the world's potato-buying Steam users (and by "hard work", I mean "playing a shit-ton of brilliant indie games") have paid off. With the Portal 2 ARG complete (or at least the first part of it), Portal 2 has been released on Steam and is available for download right now (you'd better have it ticking down behind this window).

The console versions? Hmmm. You might still have to wait for them. Unless you're Australian. 

The Australian wing of the Game chain, you see, have confirmed that they've broken the street date in line with the PC release. "Yay!" we thought. "Bricks and mortar retail that is actually in tune with what us cool kids at the internet forefront of gaming are actually doing" But then we called our local, UK-based branch of Game. The man at the shop replied to our questionings of a similarly early release with a blunt denial and a vague air of confusion, and refused to sell us a copy before Thursday. C'mon, man in Game. It's almost as if you've never heard of potato-based ARGs.

Looks like it's all down to individual retailer discretion on this one. There could be some retail angst in regards to EA publishing the console versions, where Valve is obviously publishing the PC version itself, but really, c'mon guys. The game is out. This is one situation where the phrase "F*ck it" really does apply, regardless of other considerations.

Getting the console version? Start ringing around and let us know if you have any luck getting a copy.

April 19th, 2011


Steam Valve


  • shaneobi - April 20, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    Arrived day before uk release as always,and with triple reward points. Split-screen co-op complete, now working through main campaign, great puzzles and great humour, loving every moment so far!
  • OTLeon - April 20, 2011 2:42 a.m.

    finished it already. I've hardly seen such a well-designed game for quite a long time. Salute to Valve! :D
  • ayaxe - April 19, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    (Aussie) I pre-ordered special edition from eb games only cause friends would play with me on ps3 and I can play on pc, and i got the ps3 verrsion earlier than all the pc peepl and I was able to play the pc version once it came out for everyone else :D. for once its good being an aussie gamer but its only this once I suspect
  • reveffect - April 19, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    yay I helped release it early by playing a crap ton of audiosurf xD.
  • deathcab4booty - April 19, 2011 6:39 p.m.

    I woke up early to go to Wal-Mart before work and they didn't have any. Since when does Wal-Mart not have fucking games? Oh well, I'm on my lunch break right now and just called Blockbuster, they've got some to buy for 360 so I guess I should be heading over there. I'm in Canada by the way
  • Ninja-Monkey-91 - April 19, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    Bit gutted I can't get it till Thursday but I'll be getting a free pc copy with my PS3 one so no complaints here. :D
  • shaft121 - April 19, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    I really wish people would stop calling this part an ARG. It isn't an ARG as there is no Alternate Reality to Game with. All it is is a promotion.
  • CreedKotetsu - April 19, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    Well, Gamefly must be totally hip with the interent and potatoe scene, since they shipped my copy yesterday. And as a note, Gamefly never ships early!
  • Lionzest7 - April 19, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    supposed to get mine for my triple sometime today, no marvel 3 shipping mishaps this time. (its out for delivery not far from my house)
  • Roofmonkey - April 19, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    I'd like to point out I got mine today (tuesday) for the xbox. It's awesome!
  • CaptainSpatula - April 19, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    Just thought I'd tell you guys: this was the first game I ever pre-ordered. I regret nothing. Even after the 11:30 release and the 32% decrypting fiasco I got to play it around midnight and it definitely didn't disappoint. There was a level early on where a voice told me to fill out a form if planet earth had undergone an animal king takeover and there was a graphic projected on the wall that showed a leopard-print turret in the UN wearing a crown. Glad to see Valve still has their funny bone intact. I'd encourage everyone to buy this game at their earliest convenience.
  • Hobojedi - April 19, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    A sweet little benefit of being a PC gamer?
  • gamebrain8505 - April 19, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    I only need, like, thousand dollars before I can play it; my laptop sucks fuckin' bawls
  • HankVenture - April 19, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    MMMMmm I'm already playing it because I am from the U.S... ps. It sucks that they don't just release a game at the same time at least for like the UK and US. PPS... the game is amazing, but the loading is sorta a pain (xbox360)
  • kor2disturbed - April 19, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    I rented it from gamefly, getting it wednesdaaaaahhhhh, (sob, sob). )':
  • shaneobi - April 19, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    Game has sent mine, hope things go as they usually do with my preorders and it arrives a day before release, co-op better have split-screen!
  • MikeFu - April 19, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    Dammit just got another call from gamestop saying the company decided to push it back to Thursday
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 19, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    @D4rk2triker: Not for the UK, it isn't.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 19, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    Well, it came out today for the U.S. anyway...
  • D4rk2triker - April 19, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    Isn't this the day of release anyway?

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