This IS a Triumph: Valve’s Redemption to Sony

June 15, 2010 Written by Max Murray

Portal 2 has long been rumored for the PS3, but with Valve’s apparent hatred of the PlayStation 3, and a track record of leaving shoddy ports to other developers, many fans of the series were beginning to think that they best buy the game on 360 or PC. But after Valve’s presentation during Sony’s E3 conference, this bad blood can finally be buried, and of these worries can safely be put to rest.

Gabe Newell, the Co-Founder of Valve, appeared on stage, delivering shock and gasps. Stating such things in the past as, “The PS3 is a total disaster on so many levels… They should just cancel it and do a ‘do over’”, and “I think it’s really clear that Sony lost track of what customers and developers wanted”, his appearance alone conveyed that he wasn’t there to bring more criticism, but to instead usher in a fresh start for Valve’s relationship with Sony. Newell understood their shock too, and joked with them, saying  “I’d really like to thank everyone at Sony for their gracious hospitality, and for not repeatedly punching me in the face”.

As further proof towards this new bond, Portal 2 is being integrated with Steam clouds and automatic updates. Newell sealed the deal with the promise that with these features, it will make “the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2 the best version on any console.”

The last moment of the trailer is a line, GLaDOS softly spoke “I’m sure we can put our differences behind us…” It’s a message that seemed to extend out from the realm of the game, filling the theatre with a double entendre that reflected Valve and Newell’s wishes to start fresh, and, like Glados appeared to do in the trailer, rebuild from the ground up.