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Will Valve make Portal 3? An unannounced, ‘ambitious puzzle’ game with ‘never before seen gameplay’ suggests the answer is maybe

Valve Corporation recently announced that Counterstrike 2, the sequel to one of the most well-known (and still wildly popular) FPS of all-time. Could another installment to the equally iconic puzzle-platformer Portal series be next?

According to some recent LinkedIn sleuthing from Twitter user Faizan Shaikh, may indeed be working on Portal 3, especially if the very particularly-worded descriptions on the LinkedIn profiles of two Valve employees can be given any credence. To be more specific, the LinkedIn profiles of Michael Anderson, who previously worked as a level designer at Valve and Boyang Zhu, an artist with Valve since 2014, harbor descriptions of work which sound conspicuously similar to descriptions one might use if they were working on Portal 3.

Anderson’s profile states that he “created a variety of prototypes with my team focused on ambitious, never-before-seen gameplay for an unannounced project,” and also “developed AI, player mechanics, and puzzles from scratch.” Zhu’s profile mostly lists the work that he did for Dota 2, but also lists work on an “unannounced title” which began in January 2022 and is still ongoing.

While there’s the distinct possibility that the aforementioned LinkedIn profiles might be describing another game involving puzzles and “never-before-seen gameplay” that’s not named Portal 3, there’s still a chance that it is Portal 3. And not a sequel to the short-lived Artifact. So will Valve make Portal 3? We’re still not sure. But our tinfoil hats and yearnings hearts are telling us there’s a chance.

Do you think Valve will make Portal 3? Would you like to see them make a sequel to the beloved puzzle-platformer or is the series good as it stands? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Ninja Gaiden was my rite of passage at an early age. After finally beating that game (and narrowly dodging carpal tunnel) I decided to write about my gaming exploits. These days I enjoy roguelikes and anything Pokemon but I'll always dust off Super Mario RPG, Donkey Kong Country and StarFox 64 from time to time to bask in their glory.

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