Take into account when Valve used to make new video games, as an alternative of just making insanely widely used platforms for selling games (and hats and skins)? Valve promised a partial return to those days at this time with the announcement of a brand-new Portal recreation… that simply so happens to be built as a selection to Bridge Constructor.
OK, this may now not be the Portal sequel that all and sundry was looking ahead to or hoping for (that may as a rule require placing a “3” on the activity’s title, which we all understand Valve cannot do). Nevertheless, the teaser trailer for the Bridge Constructor Portal—being developed alongside Headup Games and Clockstone Software—presentations the same style of physics-based gameplay that has made both Portal and Bridge Constructor into hits with enthusiasts of emergent design.
And GLaDOS makes an appearance, too. What extra might a Portal fan moderately want?
Valve placing its construction imprint on any game—even though that is only a licensing play for a spin-off to a non-Valve activity—is newsworthy these days. It is been over 4 years because the Steam-maker launched Dota 2, its remaining full-fledged, completely developed PC title. And even as digital-actuality experiments like The Lab and an upcoming Dota-themed digital card recreation are fine, they’re not surely what longtime fanatics desire out of a employer generic for franchises like Half of-Lifestyles, Left 4 Lifeless, and Crew Fortress (Our own Peter Shiny reports that The Foreign crowd became “bowled over” with “dismay and palpable anger” when the Dota card activity became announced).
Valve did promise back in February that it turned into working on three “full” VR video games which might be “no longer experiments,” but gave no further facts on what to count on on account that then. In a latest interview with Glixel, HTC Vive Standard Manager Dan O’Brien noted that these titles were nonetheless in building and that Valve is “very dedicated; they are nonetheless dedicated to offering on that promise.” It’s great to listen to, however has to be weighed in opposition to Valve’s lengthy and spotty song checklist of broken activity development promises.
Bridge Constructor Portal hits Windows, MacOS, and Linux on December 20, with console releases planned for early 2018 and cell versions at an unannounced date.