Portal 2 delayed to 2011

Valve sends the bad news...

Portal 2 has been delayed until 2011, Valve's just confirmed via another of its barmy 'Aperture Science' e-mails.

Valve says the rather hefty delay means it can make the sequel "even better". We still can't help but be a little disappointed.

Here's the mail:

"Aperture Science, doing business as Aperture Laboratories LLC, in partnership with Valve today announced the successful completion of an ethics-review-panel-supervised release date restructuring process. Portal 2, the sequel to the ground-breaking title that earned over 30 Game of the Year awards despite missing its original ship date, is now targeted for a 2011 release.

"Representatives from both companies acknowledged that public safety concerns factored into the decision. They went on to say that even though Portal 2 will arrive slightly later than planned, all life on earth won't instantaneously stop as every molecule in your body explodes at the speed of light, which is what would happen should a rip ever appear in the fabric of Valve Time."

"'Also, the game will be even better,' they added, missing an historic opportunity to create the first product delay press release to mention that a product is being delayed to make it worse."

If you want something pretty to look at as you dry your tears, check out our collection of all the Portal 2 art that's been released here.

EA Partners has told CVG that it's keen to publish the game - and that it believes the game will "resonate" particularly well in Europe.