Valve scrapped ‘chaotic’ Portal 2 multiplayer

Developers, why must you tease us so; Valve’s upcoming first-person puzzler Portal 2 could’ve had a competitive multiplayer side to it, writer Erik Wolpaw has revealed. But, while his description of it below may sound interesting in theory, it was supposedly quite the “hot mess” in practice.

“Along with co-op, [we had] the idea of sort of a competitive Portal multiplayer,” he said. “We went down that path, actually, for a little while and had something up and running — the best way to describe it is sort of speedball meets Portal. You know, a sports analog. And it quickly became apparent that while it’s fun for about two seconds to drop portals under people and things like that, it quickly just devolves into pure chaos. It lost a lot of the stuff that was really entertaining about Portal, which was puzzle-solving.”

“Cooperative puzzle-solving was just a much more rewarding path.”

As announced last week, the game’s out early next year, on February 9.