KIWI TALKZ interviews various employees (or ex-employees) from Valve and Retro Studios. He was the one who conducted the famous interview with Valve writer Eric Wolpaw, who had expressed his interest in writing Portal 3. Well, there’s also the interview with Portal 2 lead designer Josh Weier. There was one interesting clip where he talks about how Super Metroid influenced the introduction to Portal 2: We had this problem in the game which was if you just played Portal, we didn’t want to make you learn portals all again.
A few months back Gardiner Bryant showed off the Half-Life vinyl wrap that he got for his Steam Deck. Come to find out he got the skin from Moskeeto Designs. I really liked the Portal-themed skin that he has, so I got in touch and asked if he would send it over for review. Turns out he sent me all four of his skins (for some reason he’s not selling the Minecraft skin anymore; it has since been replaced with the Space Commander skin)!
About a week ago during the Nintendo Direct Mini, Nintendo announced Portal: Companion Collection for the Nintendo Switch, and it came to the eShop the same day. Curious George (that is, me) wanted to do a comparison between running the games on the Steam Deck and on Nintendo’s current-gen console, and see how each platform fares. I couldn’t help but find it ironic that Valve would partner with Nintendo right around the time the Steam Deck embargoes were lifted earlier this year, and I had concocted some theories as to why they were doing this.
Just a few days ago, Valve released the Portal series to the Nintendo Switch, known as Portal: Companion Collection. It didn’t take long for dataminers to discover new, unreleased beta content that never showed up in the final product as a result of this port. From Ossy Flawol’s YouTube video, it appears there are at least nine beta maps from Portal 2. The video then goes on to show these maps as Chell explores them.
The podcast that Kiwi Talkz had with Eric Wolpaw – one of Valve’s writers – has been reported on by many media outlets. Specifically about bringing Portal 3 to life. “Let’s do it!” Wolpaw says. “I’m not getting any younger.” But here’s the problem: Wolpaw doesn’t have much “power” at Valve. Someone higher up at the corporation would have to give the green light in order for them to even consider it.