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Portal 2 ARG ongoing, Half-Life hints draw Internet’s eye

Monday, 18th April 2011 01:11 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Last week, we thought we have the Potato Fool’s ARG stitched up – play indie games, contribute to the possibility of an early release of Portal 2.

But wait – there’s more. And it’s Half-Life flavoured.

A pair of new puzzle pieces have appeared online, suggesting the game is still ongoing.

RPS reports the Valve ARG wiki received an encrypted file, currently considered a genuine Valve release.

Decrypted, the file revealed a text report intended for “C.J.” – possibly Cave Johnson of Aperture Science – and a reference to an ice-breaking ship, which may tie in with Half-Life canon.

See the full text below. You may now spin your “secret Half-Life 2 Episode 3″ theories.

A morse code sequence reportedly broadcast during the unofficial fan show Steamcast is a slightly more spurious inclusion in the game – but Valve’s co-operation with indie devs so far suggests the developer may well have approached fan communities as well.

The message reads “it’s not over the others have been compromised”.

At time of writing, the GLaDOS@Home project has completed six of its targets, with seven games still available as CPU loans to everyone’s favourite homicidal AI.

Accordingly, the PC and Mac launch of Portal 2 via Steam is now only 33 hours away.

Otherwise, the game releases on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on April 19 in the US, and April 21 in the UK, Europe, and Australia.

—LOG FROM [ REDACTED ], BY J.H. TO C.J.—

1. We designed the entire thing to be very, very durable. It was easy to get the materials since everyone’s been thinking
it’s a simple icebreaker ship. Ha.

2. We have made sure to strip it of anything not necessary, so that we have plenty of space for it. It doesn’t have any
backup supplies in the event the crew runs out of food, though. And there isn’t much food onboard in the first place.

3. In the event you need to send it off all of a sudden, use the OR box with code ‘hb1′.

That’s all, C.J. Not much else I can tell you other than this won’t leave a blight on our record. Mesa is going to be sore
when they see what we’ve done.

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  1. Gama_888

    just thought id say this

    I LOVE THAT THE SITE IS NOW PORTAL 2 THEMED :D:D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. mathare92

    @1 I concur. Best vg247 banner since the redesign. :D

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    I had adblock on so I was like WTF are you guys talking about. Then I remembered I had adblock and now just turned it off for this site. Yes I agree its a lot better than the gray background I have been seeing :D

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Brenna Hillier

    It’s nice, isn’t it? Trying to stay balanced on the subject but just so god damned hyped for Portal 2.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    Yeah I am pumped. Have class and all that will be going through it will be Portal and I know I probably will be humming the Still alive song. Have to wait for the UPS guy to drop it off otherwise I would have ditched class.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Yoshi

    And not forgetting that other banner thats been added sneakily…. lololol :P

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Lewis247

    I remember reading a post on a website back in 2008 about a possible half life 2 episode 3 anouncment maybe coming at e3. Years later, this maaaay (not trying to fool myself again) just maybe be a final reveal of half life 2 episode 3. If it was that would be super insane.

    Looks like it ties in with the borealis or that acheivment in portal 2. Can’t wait either way, so hyped.

    #7 3 years ago