Well, it looks like the latest addition to the Portal universe, dubbed Portal Stories: Mel is due to launch a lot sooner than many may have guessed. According to the latest information, gamers will be able to tackle even more (questionable) scientific experiments sometime within the next few months.

Yet another success of Steam’s Greenlight program, Portal Stories: Mel is now listed for a Q1 2015 launch date, which means we should all expect to once again be thinking with portals sometime before the ned of April of this year. Of course, that’s a pretty vague window at best, so try not to be too disappointed if the developers decide they need a bit more time to iron out all of the kinks. For a glimpse at what’s to come, how’s about a new trailer?



Yeah, that seems like a pretty rad concept to me. One of the neatest things about Portal 2 was getting glimpses of what the facility used to look like and how it used to operate. Built under all of that shiny white advanced technology was the original Aperture facilities, where devices like the portal gun were first conceived. In Portal Storeis: Mel, it looks like we’ll be getting a taste of that history firsthand, taking a prototype model for a test drive through all new environments.

The developers dished out some new details over the weekend, announcing the opening of the game’s official Steam store page. For those of you in a bit of behind the scenes jibba-jabba, you can find out what the team has been up to in their post from Jan 27. According to that post, the planned release date is March 31, but that remains tentative.



“We decided to use Mel as the main character because we thought she’d be an interesting character and we wanted to give her a backstory,” reads the post. “Portal Stories: Mel is harder than the base Portal 2 maps, but all puzzles rely on logic and not fancy ninja moves.”

The post goes on to explain that the story and its maps will be linear, but that the story will be broken up by open areas fit for exploring and discovering even more of Aperture’s history. For those of you who worry about such things, the completion time is estimated at around six hours. Considering how tricky some of Portal and Portal 2’s maps could get, your own mileage may vary.

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