UPDATE: Valve has told us that the quote in question, which was posted in German on the German PlayStation Blog, and translated back to English by Eurogamer, was "lost in translation" somewhere along the way. Portal 2 will not include Move support. Our original article is below.
Valve's affinity for the PS3 version of Portal 2 became clearer today with the studio's apparent announcement that it will be shipping its upcoming sequel with full PlayStation Move functionality. This could be another nice bit of Portal news for Sony fans who have also been promised access Valve's Steam service, but is it also bittersweet news for Xbox 360 enthusiasts?
According to a translated interview, Valve isn't so much neglecting its Xbox 360 crowd as it is working to get back into Sony and its community's good books. In his chat with the German PlayStation blog, Valve's Chet Faliszek explained that the studio would be adding PS Move support to Portal 2 as atonement for skipping over Sony's system with its Left 4 Dead series.
"So the move to the PlayStation 3 comes late - we're sorry for that. As a small compensation we have PS3-exclusive cloud saving, a free code for PC and complete PlayStation Move support,” noted Faliszek in the translated text by Eurogamer Germany, adding, "Look at it as a compensation for Left 4 Dead."
Fans will also recall that Gabe Newell outright promised that the PS3 version would be the ultimate version back at E3 2010, later confirming in January, "We made a promise to gamers at E3 that Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 would be the best console version of the product. Working together with Sony we have identified a set of features we believe are very compelling to gamers. We hope to expand upon the foundation being laid in Portal 2 with more Steam features and functionality in DLC and future content releases."
All said, if the German article is accurate, Valve's PS Move initiative isn't so much about playing favorites as it is about repairing relationships. We imagined this might be announced when, back in January, Valve announced a special PC edition of Portal 2 with motion control support. Do you care if it has Move support - is that really how you'd want to play Portal 2? Let us know in the comments.
Feb 17, 2011
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