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Valve Announces Cross-Platform Play for Portal 2

by Jack McGrath | January 20, 2011January 20, 2011 4:00 am PST

Valve has announced that the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2, the much-anticipated puzzle-platformer due out in April, will allow players to play the game with their PC and Mac counterparts online.

Gabe Newell, the head of the acclaimed developer Valve, had this to say regarding the announcement:

“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.”

It looks as if the best console play may be found on the PlayStation 3 considering the fact that Valve integrated Steamworks, a set of development tools that allow for easy game updates and community interaction. PS3 buyers will also get a free copy of the game for their Mac and PCs, granted they link their PSN IDs and Steam accounts.

There is currently no information indicating any of these features coming to the Xbox in the near future.

Portal 2 is shaping up to be one of the hottest releases this year. After a few obligatory delays from Valve, the title appears to be nearing completion. While the original game came in a bundled package called The Orange Box, Portal 2 will be a standalone title.

The zany puzzle-platformer will feature a separate cooperative mission meant to be played by two players. This section of the game is supposedly two times longer than the original game, and the solo campaign is said to be even longer.

What say you? Will the PS3 dominate the gaming market this year? Are you going to purchase Portal 2 on the PlayStation 3? Let us know in the comments below.

[Via IGN]

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Rooted in his childhood obsession with dismantling and reassembling gizmos and gadgets around the house, Jack McGrath's knowledge of programming,...