RUMOR: Portal 2 may arrive early after GLaDOS hacks Steam

Portal 2 is officially scheduled to launch on April 19 in North America and on April 21 in Europe and Australia. Or is it? Following Valve’s release of The Potato Sack collection of indie games, fans have been discovering and decoding a series of cryptic messages tucked away via Alternative Reality Games (ARG) in the 13 titles included in the bundle, suggesting that Portal 2 may be ready to play as soon as April 15.

For example, since the release of The Potato Sack, BIT.TRIP BEAT received an update with a level designed by Portal’s GLaDOS and a message suggesting that playing more Potato Sack games could result in an early release of Portal 2.

Above: An image from, which chronicles highlights from the series of hidden messages released through the titles included in The Potato Sack collection

The message that accompanied the BIT.TRIP BEAT update:

Like the other 12 games in Valve's Potato Sack, it is rumored that playing BIT.TRIP BEAT between now and Portal 2's "scheduled" release date might increase the chances that Portal 2 is released early. Interesting idea...

It sure is! According to Kotaku, Steam users are reporting that Portal 2 is already ready to pre-load, which doesn’t usually happen until 48 hours before a game’s launch date. The most promising decoded message so far uses some creative math, which also supports the early release date theory:


One popular theory is that Portal’s GLaDOS has hacked Steam, infecting the Potato Sack titles and forcing an early release of Portal 2. So will Portal 2 release ahead of schedule on April 15? If it does, will the early release be exclusive to Steam users? We expect more clues to surface from the ongoing Potato Sack ARG investigation in the coming days, but we’ll know for sure at 9:00 am on Friday, April 15.

In the meantime, you can get an “official” summary of the cryptic clues and hints revealed by the Potato Sack alternate reality games on Dejobaan’s website and Twitter. We also think you’ll have fun poking around the Valve PotatoFoolsDay ARG Wiki

[Source: Kotaku]

Apr 13, 2011


  • SirNinja - April 15, 2011 3:05 a.m.

    Something's definitely happening tomorrow, no doubt...
  • The_Tingler - April 14, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    @Yingsin: "to bad i don't have steam and just have my xbox :(" You realize Steam's a free downloadable piece of software that any computer will run, right?
  • BurntToShreds - April 14, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    And still no Episode 3. Y'know, when a game that's been in development on and off for twelve years comes out before your episodic expansion pack, I think it's time to stop focusing on that title and tell people that you've stopped.
  • Robx - April 14, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    Great Tyler, you just made a YouTube video slightly more popular! But on topic, since it's not such a big difference, I don't mind if we have to wait a bit more to pick our console copy... FUUU I WANT IT
  • kingdom - April 14, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    Im hoping for a full out steam "glados hack" tomorrow, music, skins, voice clips from her, etc. PLEASSEEEEE Valve =D
  • jackthemenace - April 14, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    NO! BAD Game Devs! STOP releasing games early when I have absolutely NO Money! First Brink, now Portal 2? AND MK comes out next week as well! DX< I NEED CASH!
  • miked00d - April 14, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    Valve is the best game company ever, no question.
  • Kage_No_Shi - April 14, 2011 9:05 a.m.

    Actually, you'll recall that Portal 2 was, until recently, slated for this week. They probably pushed it back as a fake-out.
  • hllywd212 - April 14, 2011 6:57 a.m.

    Audio Surf has some cool new features as well. The Ball also features a Portal 2 level that is actually really fun... Killing monkeys and listening to GLaDOS respond is a real treat. Portal 2 can't come soon enough!
  • ThatAwesomeDude100 - April 14, 2011 3:06 a.m.

    Yeah... this is what it turns out to be I think...
  • D0CCON - April 14, 2011 1:35 a.m.

    Brilliant idea. It doesn't work out for me since I've decided to save $60 and let it be my (possibly) final Easter gift and as far as I know, Glados can't hack Easter and make that arrive a few days early. And if it is a Steam only deal, then I'd be screwed anyways since I want it on 360. Even if I wanted it on PC, I'd still wait for the PS3 version to get the PC copy free. But that's besides the point. Valve deserves props for doing this (I'm assuming that even if BIT.TRIP BEAT isn't played enough, Valve will still do this). It's weird. Normally games get delayed, but this is the second game that could be coming early in less than a week (Brink being the other game).
  • bigwill1221 - April 14, 2011 1:30 a.m.

    Can only hope its early release=p
  • chriszewski - April 14, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    Gotta love Valve
  • Yingsin - April 14, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    thats kind of a cool idea, having "GLaDOS hack steam." to bad i don't have steam and just have my xbox :(
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 14, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    I would have had the exact same reaction, except I have it preordered on PS3. and april 19th is my birthday, sooo...
  • phantomfatale - April 13, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    woohoo, I've been anticipating portal 2's release forEVER. I've gotten so hyped, I named my pc GlaDOS. hmm...perhaps my computer is responsible for all this. you're welcome gamesradar viewers.
  • FrozenImplosion - April 13, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    I had a similar reaction to this article as that girl did in that video clip. I assume that was why it was posted but eh, whatever.
  • RamenChimera - April 13, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    I was wondering what this was about, everyone kept talking about ARG and secret codes. Was starting to think everyone was a pirate.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - April 13, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    @NicVargus Best possible response.
  • NicVargus - April 13, 2011 11:21 p.m.

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