Portal 2

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The newest Nintendo Direct Mini introduced the launch of Portal: Companion Collection on Switch, and regardless that the game has solely been out for a day, it’s already been datamined. Modders have discovered everything of Half-Life 2 and unused beta content material from Portal 2 inside the assortment’s code.

Switch modder @OatmealDome declared their discovery on Twitter. Half-Life 2 “is present in the ROM,” a probable leftover from the game’s Nvidia Shield port. OatmealDome was in a position to truly get this model of Half-Life 2 working on their Switch — see the video right here. Due to lacking music and maps, it’s a very unstable and damaged construct, however it’s nonetheless fascinating to see such a beloved game (unintentionally) working on Nintendo’s newest machine.

[Portal 1]

The Source Engine debuts on the Switch!

– Likely based mostly on the NVIDIA Shield port, with a bit Xbox 360 sprinkled in

– The entirety of Half-Life 2 (minus maps and music) is current within the ROM(!?), is perhaps leftovers from Shield model

– Uses OpenGL for rendering

— OatmealDome (@OatmealDome) June 29, 2022

Now we come to YouTuber Ossy Flawol, who shone the highlight on Portal 2 beta content material inside the assortment. They shared a video of the findings, which embody a number of unused ranges like underground and testing rooms, an earlier model of the sequel’s ending, and naturally developer instruments. Ossy Flawol credit “the Portal Series Beta Research community” for serving to restore this misplaced content material, making it playable for the primary time.

This isn’t the primary time we’ve seen previous content material unearthed in a brand new Valve game launch. When the Steam Deck launched earlier this yr, it coincided with the discharge of Aperture Desk Job, a game set inside the Portal universe. Dataminers discovered content material from a Half-Life: Alyx sequel and a canceled Portal game inside Desk Job’s information. The largest factor to be datamined was a challenge known as Citadel, a hybrid RTS/FPS Half-Life game that pitted rebels in opposition to Combine troopers. This has by no means been introduced, in fact, so it’s doubtless not in lively growth at Valve.

The similar goes for a possible Portal 3. Writer Eric Wolpaw needs to see a 3rd game occur, however there’s nothing to announce alongside these strains at the moment.