Portal 2 yet to sign a publisher, in talks with EA

Despite having been recently dated for February, Valve’s mind-bender of a game, Portal 2, is yet to actually sign a publisher.

Likely candidate EA — who’s published several Valve games since 2005, including the first Portal as part of The Orange Box compilation — is yet to earn the developer’s Portal 2 business, but is in the process of doing so, EA Partners head David DeMartini says.

“We’re still talking about it,” he’s told EG. “The interesting thing with Valve is they always make great games. They ship them exactly when they’re going to ship them. They’re a really high quality partner, and they demand excellence from anybody they have a relationship with. You earn their business every single time.

“We’re in the process of earning their business yet again for Portal 2, and we’re very optimistic because of our close relationship. We do a lot of business on Steam. They do a lot of business with us on the distribution side.”

The game was last week dated for a February 9, 2011 release. A date that, according to DeMartini, Valve is well on track for: “It’s well polished, on schedule for the 9th February release. Everything is absolutely on track for them.

“I don’t have anything signed in blood yet. I’m certainly working on it. They’re a great partner and just a great studio. Clearly one of the best in the world. They just know what they’re doing. They know what consumers want.”