Portal fans, rejoice – or rather, enjoy the mixed feelings of a new game set in the universe of the beloved franchise that’s not at all what you’ve been clamoring for over the past decade.
Just as Steam Deck pre-orders started rolling out, Valve released a surprise trailer for Opening office joba free Steam Deck game coming March 1 and set in the world of Portal. BUT (isn’t there always a “but” when it comes to long-awaited sequels to Valve games?), as the description on Steam points out in all caps and bold, it’s “Not Portal 3!“
Instead of a long-awaited follow-up to the iconic puzzle game, Opening office job is characterized as a “walking simulator” and a playable short. You start out as a starry-eyed rookie employee of the eponymous, gleefully dystopian gaming company (which likely accidentally brought on the apocalypse), Aperture Science. While eager to jump-start your bright future by climbing the corporate ladder, it’s not all as hunky as it first appears.
Hilariously, the game’s Steam description contains several pleas for fans to give up all high hopes before playing this expanded universe title.
“Reduce your expectations: this is not a sequel to Portal“, he warns, reading more like a hostage negotiation than a description of a video game.”Office work puts you squarely in the driver’s seat at Aperture Science. Then quickly remove the drive part and add a desk in front of the seat.”
One of gaming’s most beloved villains was only created to solve a design problem
Today, Valve is best known for Steam, the hugely popular online PC game store. But previously, the company was known for hosting the game development team(s) behind landmark and critically acclaimed franchises such as Portal and Half-Life.
This isn’t the first time the gaming titan has recently resurrected a legacy IP in a way no one wanted or asked for. In 2020, Valve released the not-Half–The life–3 virtual reality game Half-Life: Alyx after launching its Valve Index VR headset. While not technically a Steam Deck exclusive – you just need a controller to play – Opening office job seems like a case of Valve strategically using one of its beloved franchises again to funnel fan fervor into a new venture.
The Steam Deck already got off to a good start when it launched, luckily for Valve. But we suggest that Portal fans heed the company’s warning and temperament expectations for Opening office job.