Shortly after news of Portal 2 cancelling their E3 event citing a surprise to be in its place, it seems Portal 2 will also be seeing a delay in release as well. According to Valve and Aperture laboratories in a joint press release, Portal 2 will now see a release window some time in 2011.
The original Portal 2 release date was apparently set for an initial release somewhere around Fall of 2010. According to the press release, the fabric of space and time will not be altered due to this announcement, thankfully.
Leave it to Valve to make an entertaining piece of writing to disguise the saddening news of a game's release. So all may join in on the fun of Valve's press release, the press release is provided below to read about how Portal 2 will actually be better because of the delay.
June 9, 2010 -- Aperture Science, doing business as Aperture Laboratories LLC, in partnership with Valve today announced the successful completion of an ethics-review-panel-supervised release date restructuring process. Portal 2, the sequel to the ground-breaking title that earned over 30 Game of the Year awards despite missing its original ship date, is now targeted for a 2011 release.
Representatives from both companies acknowledged that public safety concerns factored into the decision. They went on to say that even though Portal 2 will arrive slightly later than planned, all life on earth won't instantaneously stop as every molecule in your body explodes at the speed of light, which is what would happen should a rip ever appear in the fabric of Valve Time.
"Also, the game will be even better," they added, missing an historic opportunity to create the first product delay press release to mention that a product is being delayed to make it worse.
To ask questions about how close we all came to dying, or to ask futile questions about the previously announced E3 PORTAL-2-THEMED-FOR-GOD'S SAKE surprise or, less futilely, to schedule an appointment to attend a Portal 2 screening at the Valve booth during E3, please contact Valve's delegate to the EU's Valve Time Studies Group, Doug Lombardi.