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Portal turrets appear in Bastion

Supergiant Games and Valve have teamed up for an unexpected addition to the PC version of Bastion. The Gel Cannister secret skill is an unlockable upgrade available in new game plus mode that's described as “a viscous substance of unknown origin, contained in a scientific apparatus.” Careful inspection reveals the familiar pattern on the side of the object is the Aperture Science logo, and using the Gel Cannister summons a familiar friend: a sentry turret from Portal 2. Check out how it works in the video below.

“The idea for it came up when we were talking to Valve about getting the game on Steam” Supergiant Games' Greg Kasavin told us over email. “Since we knew the game would be shipping a bit later than the Xbox 360 version due to the additional development time we needed to get the PC-style controls and other features sorted, we were thinking about ways of making sure this new version of the game would feel fresh in its own right. We always intended to have the game on PC and were committed to making it feel like a great version home-grown to the platform.”

“The idea of doing some sort of collaborative content came up in the conversation, with the Sentry Turret being one of the specific ideas we talked about. From our perspective it was a way we could pay homage to one of our favorite games this year, plus it was a less obvious tie-in than like a Team Fortress 2 hat or a like a funny GLaDOS monologue, so it was appealing from that perspective. It just seemed like it would be funny and absurd and yet fit into our universe in the form of an homage — some of the other Secret Skills in the game pay homage to other classic games. It was really cool of Valve to let us run with it, and we're really happy with how it turned out and the response it's been getting so far.”

We've already been enormously pleased with Bastion, but a Portal tie-in makes the PC version available through Steam a no-brainer at $15. You should get it.

Aug 22, 2011

3 comments

  • FlikNightshade - August 22, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    Am I a dream?
  • CoktorBloktopus - August 22, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    haha sweet love bastion and I love portal. Dont see why they wouldnt work together. Thumbs up to you Super Giant games keep up the good work.
  • Gotxxrock - August 22, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    And another indie game on Steam gets a gimmicky Portal tie in. I Loved this game on its own merits, so much so I dropped an Email at SuperGiant Games' website, thanking them for the stellar experience (It truly was one of the first times in awhile that I'd spent an entire day in front of the TV from beginning to end on a videogame). Stuff like this kind of annoys me. You have games like Killing Floor, 1... 2... 3... KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby), Monday Night Combat, and a few other great games by indie developers that have great atmospheres and flavors all of their own, that are then garnished and subsequently taken over by ethos of Valve's surprise hit. I wish these developers felt they could sell their games solely by their own strengths, rather than by another's. I'd be remiss and stupid to think that these small additions completely take over these other games, and many of them are simple items, level, and add ons that don't ever have to be used. Indeed, this could be seen as just a small effort on both studios parts to appeal to a larger market of people, and ultimately suck them into the core experience of the game (which it is), but this idealist who is writing now can't help but wish that it didn't have to be.

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