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Fan-Made Prequel Portal: Revolution Releases After Short Delay

Here's everything you need to know about Portal: Revolution.

The modding community for the iconic puzzler Portal 2 is still thriving with new fan-made contributions. The latest is Portal: Revolution, which just released after missing its original January 5, 2024 launch date due to a delay with Valve’s review process. Nonetheless, the huge eight-hour mod is available now. 

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What is Portal: Revolution? 

Developed and published by a volunteer team from Second Face Software, Portal: Revolution is a mod that takes place between the events of Portal and Portal 2. In it, you’ll take on the role of a test subject who embarks on a mission alongside Stirling, a personality sphere, to restore Aperture from its dilapidated state to its former glory. And it’s massive

With 40 puzzles, it includes new test mechanics, laser cube variants, and advanced portal tricks, offering anywhere between five and seven hours of playtime. However, many players have already noted you can spend a lot more time with it, especially since the extra difficulty provides some genuine head-scratching moments. As you can tell from the trailer, it also features fully-voiced characters. 

How to Play Portal: Revolution 

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To start Portal: Revolution, you’ll need to purchase Portal 2, if you haven’t done so already. From there, you can download the mod for free from its Steam page. Once you’re done downloading it, you can dive right into its first chapter, “The Human Resource.” 

If you’re like me and absolutely loved Portal 2, Revolution is a great reason to jump back into Valve’s puzzle-solving universe. The developer noted that the mod is utilizing a modified version of the Portal 2 Community Engine, allowing the team to introduce new mechanics and make improvements to the experience. 

Mods have become a staple in the Portal community over the years, revamping and reimagining Valve’s creation time and time again. If you’re interested in more mod-related topics, check out our best Lethal Company mods list and our best Minecraft mods right here at GameSkinny.

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Alyssa is a Seattle-based freelance writer and editor. She’s always playing too many games at once and never gets through her backlog. Dragon Age: Origins, Final Fantasy IX, and World of Warcraft are just a few of the games she loves.