Portal has gone all over the place, from the darkest depths of Aperture Science to outer space, briefly. Next stop: the open road. Or some bridges, anyway. Because why not? I guess?
Bridge Constructor: Portal is a collaboration between Bridge Constructor developer ClockStone Software and Valve. In it, you’ll solve puzzles that involve trucks crossing abyssal chasms, but unlike in other bridge building games like the recently popular Poly Bridge, you’ll be able to use portal technology. Also, GLaDOS will be around, probably to fuck with you.
Valve has sporadically lent out the Portal and Half-Life licenses over the past few years, though only to free fan projects. This is the first time someone else has gotten to make a full-scale standalone game for multiple platforms set in the Portal universe.
It’s probably not where anybody expected Portal to go after Portal 2 and VR playground The Lab, but sometimes you’ve gotta build a few bridges to get where you’re really going. Or Valve doesn’t make games anymore. Either way, I’m intrigued, if only because I’ve been dying for somebody to embrace the inherent silliness of this genre.
Bridge Constructor: Portal will be out on PC, Mac, Linux, and mobile on December 20. It’ll be coming to PS4, Switch, and Xbox One early next year.