Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Day Two: The Hype

Posted by Nicolas (permalink)

Oh man...
We never thought it could go this far. It's been only twelve hours since the news was spread on the Internet, and still... everyone's already talking about it. My own mother mailed me about it, can you believe it? That's pretty much impressive and frightening too.

Impressive, because a vast majority of people seems to enjoy what we did. So far, we already received more than two hundred emails and a huge number of comments on each website that relayed the news. We already have propositions for spanish, finnish and russian translations, a dozens of mirrors and a few interviews in sight. Of course, there is also people that seem to dislike what we did and how we did it, without having seen anything yet. That's not really important for us, we loved what we did during these eight months, and we'll release it even if the entire planet is against us =) (or maybe Valve can stop us?)

Then, it's frightening because it gain much more popularity than we thought it would in a really short amount of time. Now we have way too much pressure on our shoulders and would like to clarify things a bit :

  • We're a team of three guys that worked on this game during eight months as a past time. No, we're not professionnals at all and no, we're not trying to compete with Valve.
  • No, this is not simply a mappack. There's a story, there's new dialogues, there's developer commentaries and there's challenges and advanced maps. Basically, it's a copy of Portal, for those who thought Portal was too short. But you should not be waiting for something as strong as the original Portal. Portal was awesome in a great number of ways, we can't compete with it.
  • Yes, we know the song from the trailer isn't free of use, but believe us, we're making absolutely zero money off of this. You won't even see ads on this website. In fact, we're even loosing money since january. On the 38 tracks of the soundtrack, there's only 3 of them that are not free of use.
  • We can't really offer more footage for the moment, there's already a lot of things to watch, see and listen. Gameplay footage would be worse, it would ruin the surprise and could even spoil the puzzles.
  • I'm trying to reply to every message I receive, but believe me, it's a hard task. I'm an IT employee in the real life, and I can only reply between 7pm and midnight.
  • I (Nicolas) know that my english is not perfect, but I try as hard as I can to write correct english. But believe me, it takes time. A lot of time.

For the moment, we're waiting for the fury to cool down a bit. And we'll try to keep this "buzzblog" updated on a regular basis.
See you tomorrow.

27 comment(s)


  September 16, 2008 10:29 PM, Anonymous Markiller said :
Hey, have you guys conscidered contacting Jonathan Coulton for another portal related track? prehap he could muster something up as the ending track again or somesuch? Just thought It would tie off the project nicely and he seems to be just the kind of guy who might concider it.

  September 16, 2008 10:42 PM, Blogger Nicolas said :
The overall game is somewhat finished now. And the ending scene is already done with our music. Besides that, we don't want to be assimilated and compared to Valve at this point. Making a prequel for a such fantastic game as Portal is a risky bet. We don't want to annoy Valve with their Portal 2 project, even if our stories seems really different.

  September 16, 2008 11:05 PM, Anonymous Comatrix said :
Hello Nicolas,
i think you know me, i saw you mapping all along this 8 months developing this game night after nigth and none but you can exactly know what was the hard work, i just hope this mod can give you back all the satisfaction as same it took to make it.
By the way if you need an italian for translation.....you know where to contact me.

P.S. Me too i apologise if any mistake ^_^

  September 16, 2008 11:15 PM, Blogger Zachary said :
Nobody should ever argue with 'free of charge'

  September 17, 2008 12:44 AM, Blogger Anruyn said :
I can't wait 'til the end of the month !

  September 17, 2008 3:00 AM, Blogger Scheda said :
This looks great guys! Keep up the work and I will be downloading it as soon as it's released! Good job!

  September 17, 2008 4:24 AM, Blogger Carlos said :
Loved the original portal! How exactly am I gonna be able to play this one? I mean, download it as a separate game, a patch, or what?
Keep up the good work, so far it looks awesome.

  September 17, 2008 4:35 AM, Blogger Nicolas said :
As you can read in the FAQ section, this will be a standalone game, besides Portal and using Portal content to reduce the game file size. The game will appear as a new game in you Steam account and there will be an automatic installer to help you install it in the right place.
Don't worry.

  September 17, 2008 8:42 AM, Anonymous Jandro said :
You know that internet meme about winning the internets. You and your team just won a couple. Can't wait for the release! Going to be checking this site every day now. Thanks for all the hard work!

  September 17, 2008 12:53 PM, Anonymous Radigoi said :
Grand fan de Portal, je suis vraiment impatient de jouer à votre jeu les mecs ! Ca semble être du tout bon !

Vivement sa sortie !

  September 17, 2008 1:53 PM, Anonymous Sonip said :
La vache les gars, c'est le plus beau mod pour Portal que j'ai vu jusqu'à présent. J'ai vraiment hâte qu'il sorte !! =D

  September 17, 2008 2:44 PM, Anonymous Modified Mummy said :
Wow, I've just landed here via stumbleupon and I have never been happier to have that little stumble button! I've just watched the trailer and it looks astounding. Well done for all your hard work, I can't imagine how hard it must have been!

  September 17, 2008 4:13 PM, Blogger Mr. Guanozap said :
Your stuff looks great, but if you're using music you don't have permission to use, I won't be coming along for the ride.
It's not a question of whether you make money.

  September 17, 2008 4:40 PM, Blogger Steve said :
Starts warmibg up my portal gun in anticipation - this looks astounding just from the trailer.
I am gonna download and get lost in Apeture Science once again.

Keep up the good work - Raises a beer to the 3 of ya.

  September 17, 2008 7:51 PM, Blogger -THA- Hamst3r said :
Good luck, guys! :D

  September 17, 2008 9:36 PM, Blogger Ben said :
Looks great, man. I'm pretty sure you're going to get even more famous, as Kotaku has you linked. I wait in anticipation!

  September 17, 2008 9:42 PM, Blogger Dave Silva said :
I wish I'd known about this early enough to request the chance to translate the game to Latin American Spanish. Aheh.

Good luck. This looks like it's going to be AWESOME.

  September 17, 2008 9:46 PM, Blogger Sorta said :
Thank you thank you thank you. I can't wait to see this sucker.

  September 17, 2008 9:48 PM, Blogger Nicolas said :
@Mr. Guanozap :
We don't care if you can't stand that we use THREE non-free music. Mods like the Fakefactory Cinematic Mod use GIGABITS of stolen music, sounds and textures. We really don't care ^^

  September 17, 2008 10:17 PM, Anonymous Ian Boswell said :
Hey there, Ian Boswell here (creator of Hetzchase Nailway) I'm glad to see more people starting to make some mods for portal. It's kind of funny, while your mod will be taking place before the events of portal mine kind-of takes place after the events with Chell going to another facility. That's actually really funny to me. Anyway, keep up all the fantastic work. This looks great, original, and fun. I wish I could get a team together to finish Hetzchase, the problem is my mod is non-linear so I'm having to make 5 separate mods, as opposed to just one.

  September 17, 2008 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
sweet i cant wait

  September 17, 2008 11:10 PM, Blogger Mr. Guanozap said :
@Nicholas re: @guanozap

No need to be so fucking rude. Saying others steal more is like saying you only rob small banks.


  September 17, 2008 11:21 PM, Blogger Nicolas said :
And I'm the one beeing rude.
No comment.

  September 18, 2008 10:49 AM, Anonymous Deez said :
Keep up the good work. Please don't get discouraged with any negative talk going around. I for one am really pleased by what I see. Thank you for taking your time do this for the people who enjoyed Portal. I can't wait to play this game.

  September 18, 2008 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Dude, Your English is bloody brilliant, you know. Don't worry.

Keep it up. Looking great.

  September 19, 2008 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
may I hype around a bit?

YEAH GUYS, u do what I dreamed to happen! This is for me some kind of portal 1.5 (even if its unofficial storyline) but well, this stuff keeps me going!

Keeo on the good work ^^

  September 20, 2008 8:30 AM, Blogger FvKey said :
(I write the same thing I wrote on the "Day Three: Knock knock, it's Valve" entry)

First of all, the best of luck on this big and incredible project.

Second, if Mr. Francisco J. Galdo (translator to spanish) need a hand, I can (and I want to) help to translate Portal: Prelude (from an english text, though).

Seriously. My e-mail:

Fernando Vivar Vargas (FvKey).

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