A dedicated group of fans has unveiled the Portal: Revolution mod for Portal 2, presenting an immersive prequel experience to Valve's renowned sequel. Introducing 40 entirely new and unique puzzles, this mod promises a fresh and captivating encounter for fans, drawing inspiration from the mechanics of Portal 2. Despite the Portal franchise's absence of a full-fledged sequel in recent years, enthusiasts have sustained the excitement by creating numerous fan-made mods, each exploring the timeless puzzle mechanics of the series.
Among the notable mods is a remastered version of Portal, integrating RTX for enhanced graphical fidelity, and a Portal 2 expansion mod that weaves a new narrative while elevating the game's graphics to the standards of Valve's Half-Life: Alyx. Similarly, Portal: Revolution seeks to elevate the original Portal 2 experience by incorporating mechanics from the base game while introducing innovative features that reimagine existing ones.
The initial trailer for Portal: Revolution unveils the game's setting within Portal 2's deteriorating Aperture Science testing center. Witnessing signs of decay, players assume control of a test subject accompanied by a new personality core named Sterling, who assigns them the task of revitalizing the facility. The trailer provides glimpses of gameplay, showcasing puzzles involving laser redirection with cubes, utilizing portal gels to neutralize turrets, and more. To engage with this mod, players must possess an official copy of Portal 2.
Despite the initial January 5, 2024 release date mentioned in the November trailer, the mod is currently unavailable for download. Stefan Heinz, the mod's director, shared in a recent update video that the Portal: Revolution mod is fully playable from start to finish. However, Valve's delay in reviewing and approving the mod has pushed back the release, with Heinz estimating a possible week or longer before it becomes available.
The Steam page for Portal: Revolution divulges specific details, including puzzles exclusively employing the blue Portal gun and introducing a new laser cube variant. The difficulty is likened to the endgame levels of Portal 2, ensuring accessibility for players of all skill levels. Pending Valve's approval, this mod promises to be a delightful avenue for fans to revisit the beloved world of Portal 2.