Monday, September 15, 2008

Day Zero: What the hell is this all about ?

Posted by Nicolas (permalink)


You may ask yourself, what the hell is this all about ? Portal: Prelude ? Never heard about this, huh ? Yes of course, and this is exactly the point. You never heard about it because it was developped in the dark, and kept secret until almost fully finished and polished.

Portal: Prelude Banner

In January 2008, I was searching for a new project. Portal was out since four months, and still, no-one had already did something really serious around it. I was following a lot a communities, seeing a lot of independant releases, but no mod and no serious story arc. This I why I decided to launch this project.

Portal: Prelude, as its name states it, is an unofficial prequel to the game Portal. Its story revolves around the pre-GlaDOS epoch, even before she was plugged in. At this time, test subjects were monitored by real Aperture Science employees, whose work was tedious, lengthy and repetitive. This is why they decided to build a great artificial intelligence that could both replace them in these difficult tasks, and also take responsibility for many other tasks within the complex and compete with Black Mesa's superiority.

All employees of the Aperture Science complex are now eagerly awaiting GlaDOS. Maybe even a little too eagerly, as the upcoming events will tell...

This game is totally free and set to be released somewhere around the end of the month. It offers a bit more gameplay hours than the original Portal, with 8 chapters, 19 test chambers, 48 challenges, 6 advanced maps, a brand new storyline and more than 400 lines of speech with english and french subtitles.

Remember kids, it's not just a mappack, it's a whole new story, and I hope that you'll appreciate the work done for you. The game is set to be released somewhere around the end of september, or the beginning of october.
Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more informations soon.

85 comment(s)


 September 16, 2008 5:26 AM, Blogger The Ploogle said :
Whoahhhhhhhhh....I can't wait! Sounds amazing! Zero comments? I can't believe it.

 September 16, 2008 5:42 AM, Blogger Joshua said :
Woo! Second comment! Also I heard about this on Facepunch!

 September 16, 2008 5:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Looks great :) I'm impatient to wait

 September 16, 2008 6:29 AM, Blogger Midnightzak said :
Wow, I got here from StumbleUpon. I am super excited to see how this goes!

Hope you are ready for alot of people to show up here and hope that your webhost can handle the bandwidth!

 September 16, 2008 8:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Ahh I can't wait! I hope this will more brilliant than the first Portal.

 September 16, 2008 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Sounds really GREAT! Can`t wait!

 September 16, 2008 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Valve go-a sha choo doww, boya.

 September 16, 2008 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
I can't wait!!

 September 16, 2008 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
linked from

really nice looking project. thanks for all the work done, after watching the trailer im keen on starting to play right now!

 September 16, 2008 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
heard about this from

looks fantastic! the trailer was very well done and makes me that much more impatient for the game! hopefully someday console users will get the chance to enjoy this as well.......

 September 16, 2008 4:39 PM, Anonymous Nextil said :
Looks awesome, can't wait.

Also referral came from Facepunch.

 September 16, 2008 7:12 PM, Blogger Boy said :
Bah Dass!!!!!

 September 16, 2008 9:48 PM, Blogger pirvan said :
Stumble rules and so does this!

 September 16, 2008 10:50 PM, Anonymous B3nZ3n said :
Ow yeah! Cant wait! \o/

 September 17, 2008 1:38 AM, Anonymous Dave said :
wow looks amazing. i just announced it of TF2 Fort: the online Team Fortress 2 community. found it with stumble upon and am damn proud that i recognized the song in the demo.

props for using linkin park

 September 17, 2008 2:42 AM, Anonymous shake said :
Cool, I came from Facepunch too. A little late, seems.

 September 17, 2008 5:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
I'm excited, Portal was awesome and I want more!

 September 17, 2008 8:10 AM, Anonymous Sherv said :
Most amazing mod for any game that ive ever seen.

 September 17, 2008 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
yes, please, do want

 September 17, 2008 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
As the others have said...we are all excited. No pressure, but with this much hype already, hope its as good as we all imagine it to be.

 September 17, 2008 11:53 AM, Blogger Nick said :
*mouth gaping, drool pouring out while arms are flailing wildly and shrieks of joy are heard all round*

 September 17, 2008 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
This seems awesome, will keep an eye out for this! :)

 September 17, 2008 5:53 PM, Blogger eYeWonder Photography said :
I love you guys for doing this!!!! Cant wait for the release.

 September 17, 2008 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
EXELEEEENT i can't wait to download it....

 September 17, 2008 8:05 PM, Anonymous AnonymousNow said :
...interesting. I currently don't have a PC which can run Portal...or anything...but this'll be good to keep in mind.

One question. Is there voice acting?

 September 17, 2008 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
YES!Finally the game will be with virtual people not just you!YES I CAN'T WAIT!

 September 17, 2008 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
This looks to be one amazing game.

 September 17, 2008 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
can't wait, can't wait, can't wait :D
I know it's a lot of hard work, but please hurry :)

 September 17, 2008 10:27 PM, Blogger Aaron said :
I very much appreciate the work you guys have put into this. From what I saw in the trailer, this is looking very professional and well polished. The fact that you are giving this to us for free is mind blowing. Thank you so much!

 September 18, 2008 1:13 AM, Anonymous SolidanOS said :
Bookmarked, looking forward to this greatly.

 September 18, 2008 4:23 AM, Blogger Charles said :
hey i was wondering exactly how you made this new game thanks

 September 18, 2008 4:25 AM, Blogger josh said :
I think you are right, that is totalyl amazing! Insane almost!


 September 18, 2008 4:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Congrats you just made, the word is out.

 September 18, 2008 4:57 AM, Anonymous Kordack said :
I was going to kill myself, then this happened and now I have something to live for again. Thank you!

 September 18, 2008 4:58 AM, Anonymous DEADBEEF said :
You could do with a donation link somewhere.
If the addon is any good I'm sure there will be plenty of people willing to reward you for your hard work.

 September 18, 2008 5:10 AM, Anonymous television Spy said :
Nice work man, just as I finished the game for the first time. Maybe Valve will take you seriously and actually make your additions part of the canon

especially since portal 2 is set to come out and will be sequel not a prequel.

 September 18, 2008 6:44 AM, Blogger Kyle said :
Thanks, i cant wait to play!

 September 18, 2008 8:55 AM, Anonymous Lomesh said :
I hope it turns out to be as good as it sounds!

 September 18, 2008 10:45 AM, Anonymous ed said :
Good work, btw it's 'losing money' not 'loosing'

 September 18, 2008 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Uh, good idea, exciting,
but make sure you have some native English speakers proof your script and such...

 September 18, 2008 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
"Portal was out since four months, and still, no-one had already did something really serious around it."

J'espère que anglais est votre deuxième langue.

"Portal had been out for four months, and still no-one had done something really serious about it."

 September 18, 2008 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
oh shi, DO WANT

 September 18, 2008 4:10 PM, Blogger Pete said :
HOLY CRap.... I love you... *hugstiem*

Seriously... I would love to see this project when it's finalized!!

*waits with baited breath*

 September 18, 2008 5:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Unfortunately they probably won't accept any money for this, since most of those assets look like they were recycled from Portal, making selling this game essentially pirating. Everything about it looks really slick though, Valve will probably pay them tons of money to design for them if this is as big a hit as it looks, nice work.

 September 18, 2008 7:14 PM, Anonymous Shannon said :
oh man. I am looking forward to this so much! amazing work.

 September 18, 2008 9:10 PM, Blogger george said :
go go go.....

 September 18, 2008 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Found out about you from Digg, looks like you hit homepage. This looks very promising, can't wait to try it out!

Don't fall for the tempatation to release before it's totally perfect, we'd rather wait another month for a better game :D

 September 18, 2008 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
French subtitles?

 September 19, 2008 1:24 AM, Anonymous Aj said :
Stumbled on this! AWESOME!!!!

 September 19, 2008 8:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
"We do what we must because we can"
-weirdly appropriate-

 September 19, 2008 9:38 AM, Anonymous Wireless_N said :
i like your idea's as mentioned above, so i'm really looking forward to this!!
ps. you should thing about adding a donation-link!

 September 19, 2008 9:07 PM, Anonymous Orian_J said :
I'm really looking forward to this. Official or not.

"This was a triumph. I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS."

 September 19, 2008 11:17 PM, Blogger yoursfromabove said :
Yay! I was so excited to hear about the Official sequel and now we have a prequel too! I know it's unofficial, but I still think it will be awesome! Eagerly awaiting it!

 September 20, 2008 3:34 PM, Blogger idiotboy said :
Very cool!! I'm uber happy to see someone has finally done this game justice and added more levels.. KUDOS! :D

 September 20, 2008 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :

 September 20, 2008 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Why for free?

This is gonna be epic you deserve some compensation =D

 September 21, 2008 4:47 AM, Anonymous iamnotsteve said :
^^^ You hush.

I can't wait for this to come out. Lord willing, my laptop will decide to be cooperative for once.

Thank you StumbleUpon.

 September 21, 2008 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :

good stuff

 September 22, 2008 5:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Yay first comment!

 September 23, 2008 12:10 PM, Blogger Xandrex said :
it's fabulous !
so much hell time you spent developing it... so much fine time people will spend playing it !

 September 26, 2008 3:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Good day!
It is very informative and has a very good quality in it.
I like it...

Thank you very much for your time.

 September 26, 2008 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
I will play this game.

 September 26, 2008 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
OMFG I think I just wet myself!!! This is the best news since rumor of Half Life 2 ep.3 Is in the workings!!!

 September 27, 2008 1:46 AM, Blogger Draco said :
Hmmm, a prequel to arguably the most surprisingly good game of this year. Should I be excited?
I think I should. But to write (and code) a prequel to something like this is VERY ambitious. You'd better polish it to a shine, bright enough to blind someone... I really hope you did, and if so, you're to be put on a pedestal.
I'm deffinately gonna give it a try.

 September 27, 2008 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Thank you, Stumble Upon :D.
Cant wait.

 September 27, 2008 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Yeah sounds good, can't wait

 September 28, 2008 5:22 AM, Blogger Tom said :
Found this from Digg. Tell me exactly when it's coming out!

 September 29, 2008 6:20 PM, Blogger Teh Kirby Fan said :

Found on 9/29, right before the expected release date.

 September 29, 2008 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
We can see when you found it, based on the date of your comment. That is the stupidest shit I have ever seen. d(>_<)b You just made it on a motivational poster bitch!

 October 1, 2008 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
The Portal was great.I finished this game. Now I'm gonna finish Portal Prelude. I can't wait. Like portal

 October 4, 2008 6:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :

 October 4, 2008 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Found this from channel four. Looks interesting.

 October 4, 2008 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Sorry but I found the original Portal to be as boring as watching paint peel. I won't be looking to play another.

 October 4, 2008 7:52 PM, Blogger Nicolas said :
Good for you, but why are you bothering writing a comment here? We don't care too ^^

 October 8, 2008 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
This is awesome, looking forward to it! Hopefully Valve will add it to the mods list on Steam too.

 October 9, 2008 9:25 AM, Anonymous Kosse said :
Did the game ship yet?! How come havn't I heard of this!!!! The best news since Portal shipped.

 October 10, 2008 5:22 PM, Anonymous Joe said :
The prelude is awesome, I've spent the last 2 hrs playing it and I'm on Test 19 now, you weren't kidding when you talked about some tests would be close to impossible.

 October 12, 2008 11:16 AM, Blogger magnus said :
"the Aperture Science Enrichment Center, is required to remind you, that THIS IS MUTHAF@#KING EPIC!!!!!!!!" =D

 October 16, 2008 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
THIS....IS....PORTAAAAAAAAL!!! Love this game!

 December 20, 2008 6:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Superb guys

Really enjoying it

Great original, challenging level design, just as good as the original!

I'd pay for it if you were selling

 December 21, 2008 5:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :

 January 3, 2009 9:35 AM, Anonymous Runemeds said :
12 Eager minutes till its finished.. Oooh boy I cant wait to play

 March 7, 2009 3:44 PM, Anonymous Seraphin Eveles said :
Just played through like a week or two ago, AMAZING GAME. excellent job. A+

 March 22, 2009 9:38 PM, Anonymous Evgeni said :
Omg!I am an 10 year old kid who's deram is to play portal,but infortenatly i don't have so powerful pc.I hope prelude work's,oh,and by the way the game looks awsome!!!(I am from bg so dont blame me for bad language...

 August 7, 2009 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
This game is brilliant, emotional, funny, amazing. great ending and boss battle. im not gonna go into detail to spoil it for other players but in 1 word, mod ever.

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