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On Portal 2's Dropped Competitive Multiplayer

There's a video interview on 1UP talking with Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek at Valve's offices to learn more about Portal 2, the upcoming platformer sequel. There's behind-the-scenes footage at Valve's cool digs and word on a competitive multiplayer mode that was dropped: "Along with co-op, [we had] the idea of sort of a competitive Portal multiplayer," says Wolpaw. "We went down that path, actually, for a little while and had something up and running -- the best way to describe it is sort of speedball meets Portal. You know, a sports analog. And it quickly became apparent that while it's fun for about two seconds to drop portals under people and things like that, it quickly just devolves into pure chaos. It lost a lot of the stuff that was really entertaining about Portal, which was puzzle-solving. Cooperative puzzle-solving was just a much more rewarding path."

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24. Re: On Portal 2's Dropped Competitive Multiplayer Aug 28, 2010, 00:31 Jerykk
 
I think it's a shame that they didn't pursue the competitive multiplayer. There's a lot of potential there, particularly for a CTF-type mode. Would it be pretty crazy? Sure. But Tribes was pretty crazy and it ended up being the best team-based shooter of all time.

It's more likely that they didn't think the casual audience would have the patience to improve their skills for competitive gameplay. Sadly, this is probably true. That's why pretty much every shooter is the same these days. Slow movement speed, hitscan weapons, headshots, familiar weapon archetypes... these are all accessible and rather mundane ideas. I've been waiting for a multiplayer game to really push the boundaries of the genre like Tribes did. Unfortunately, shooters these days are basically all the same, uninspired drivel.
 
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