Portal Stories: Mel was not made by Valve, but it’s probably the closest thing we’ll get to Portal 3 for a while.

The long-in-development Portal 2 mod just launched on Steam, and it looks damn impressive. Boasting a 6-10 hour standalone storyline and puzzles every so slightly more challenging than Portal 2’s, it aims to bridge (or move between, perhaps using some kind of instantaneous movement mechanism—like Elon Musk’s hyperloop or a really big slingshot) the gap between Portal 1 and Portal 2. It is about these things:

It tells the story of Mel, who meets a new personality core and faces an undiscovered threat to the Aperture facility.

1952, in the early years of Aperture: Science Innovators, Cave Johnson’s scientists experimented with whatever they wanted. Not everything worked as it should have though, but that wasn’t going to get in the way of the progress of Science! Mel unfortunately took part in a faulty test called the Aperture: Science Innovators Short-Term Relaxation Vault, falling asleep for years. When she finally wakes, there is a fake Cave Johnson telling her she needs to escape the facility and a new device called the Aperture Handheld Portal Device, her mind races with questions. “Who is this imposter Cave Johnson?” “What happened to the facility and its staff?”

“What happened to me?”

It’s also got 22 levels and heaps of custom voice acting and music. So basically, if you’re slowly wasting away from the lack of new Portal in your life, this is probably your best bet.

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Alternatively, you could go into a mysterious years-long stasis and awake to discover a ruined shadow of the life you knew before (and also a copy of Portal 3 maybe). Seems to be pretty popular in the Portal universe. And Valve games in general. I can’t wait for Counter-Strike: Oh Jeez Did I Get Really Hammered Last Night, Or Have I Been Unconscious For 30 Years And This Is The Post-Apocalyptic Future.

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