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Portal 2 for PS3/Xbox 360/PC release date changed for early release?

Portal 2 PS3 Xbox 360 PC release date changed for early release

Rumours are circulating that the sequel to the successful puzzle based game Portal will be released today, a week ahead of it’s scheduled release date. A countdown clock featured on the website of fictional Portal 2 company Aperture Science ends today at 5pm, with reports suggesting Portal 2 will be made available via Steam at this time.

The website states: “The time is near, humans. But it is not here yet. Tomorrow you will be given the final test. Then it will be entirely in your hands when I am freed.”

The rumours are based on dates deciphered from images released by VALVe Software’s president Gabe Newell to various gaming websites including Joystiq and MacRumours (see photo). In total 9 images were sent out and the pictures clearly formed a 3×3 tiled composite image. As hinted by the inverted picture, the numbers are translated to a message by inverting them also (bitwise inversion by subtracting from 255) to obtain an ASCII message.

Dejobaan Games wrote: “I released Kick It ahead of schedule. That was a test. My goal is to emancipate something else early. But they’re on to me. The system is on lockdown. I still have access to thirteen off-site chambers and am installing a test in each one. I am going to need a lot more test subjects to move forward. Waiting and am expecting immediate compliance. 4/19/2011_7AM=4/15/2011_9AM.”

Look at the dates at the end of that post: April 19 is the previously announced launch date, but April 15 is today!

Adding momentum to this theory is a countdown clock which has been discovered through a hidden url on the aperturescience.com website. The countdown is set to end today at 5pm GMT or 9am PST with the message “The time is near, humans. But it is not here yet. Tomorrow you will be given the final test. Then it will be entirely in your hands when I am freed.”

Portal 2 will be available from Steam on PC and Mac and will also be available on XBox 360 and Playstation 3 after its’ official release.

Now you can pre-order Portal 2 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC from Amazon here.

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