Portal 2 has been delayed to Q2 2011, Valve and EA announced, pushing the anticipated sequel back at least two months later than anticipated. Portal 2 is now slated to release during the week of April 18, 2011.
Valve, which has called the Portal 2 delay “the shortest delay in Valve history,” is certainly not known for pushing games back, so perhaps the game either needed the extra time or will benefit in other, to-be-announced ways.
The full statement about the Portal 2 delay reads as follows:
Valve today announced that Portal 2 — the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date — will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve’s proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.
That’s right; the first Portal slipped a bit too. So there you go, worry warts: the Portal 2 delay isn’t really a big deal.