Yes, that soon. Valve has just announced the first DLC add-on pack for Portal 2, targeted tentatively for this summer, released for free on all platforms.
Portal 2 DLC #1 will offer new test chambers for players, leaderboards, challenge mode for single and multiplayer modes, and more.
They said it best. Pretty great! Only problem is the Challenges were very, very irritating in the first games. David here, one of our contributors, says they are “easy”. Imagine that! Easy. The damned things could make me tear my own hair out. Let’s hope that Valve has really taken their time with the Challenges this time around. Some Advanced Chambers would also be cool, and we’d also like to see trading and the SDK.
No further details are given, apart from this:
Targeted for release this summer, Portal 2 DLC #1 will be offered free of charge for the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PS3.
Whoa! Free of charge on the Xbox? Did someone threaten Microsoft or something?
There’s also some lovely statistics here:
Portal 2 was released April 19 and currently holds a Metacritic score of 95%, making it the top rated multiplatform game of 2011. Portal also captured the number 1 chart position in the UK, Germany, and the Nordic countries during its first week of availability, making it the fastest-selling Valve release since Half-Life 2.
Impressive stuff. I’m sure that other game would be a best-seller too, Valve. You know the game I’m talking about. Yes, that one. Gunman Chronicles 2. What? Of course I wasn’t talking about Half-Life! That’s silly. It’s all about Gunman Chronicles.
Speaking with Fast Company, Doug also mentioned Valve will be supporting this new DLC pack with comics “or” videos. You can find this particular interview online; we’re saving it for a sort of post-release interview roundup. Got spoilers in it, so that’s bad too.
But this comic and video thing is very interesting! Could the DLC also include some story-oriented SP levels? Keep in mind that Erik Wolpaw did say they recorded with an eye towards the DLC, and that they still have some Wheatley-Cave dialogue lying around that they would like to use.
Overall, can’t wait to hear more about this DLC pack. Gosh, completely free! I’d pay for it, though. Then again, I’d probably kill someone if it meant I could get Gunman Chronicles 2, so nevermind me.