Portal 2 sells three million

Portal 2 is quickly on its way towards matching the sales of the original game.

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Valve's Gabe Newell casually mentioned sales of Portal 2 during a talk at Games for Change in New York City. Three million is the number he told the audience, as captured by Joystiq.

While Newell didn't offer any detail about retail and Steam sales, that is an incredible accomplishment given the game's April release and full retail price point. By the time of Portal 2's launch, the original game had sold four million retail copies. At this rate, it seems likely that the sequel will match the sales of the original. And with the money made from Portal 2, Valve will finally be able to complete development of Half-Life 2: Episode 3. That's how it works, right?

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    June 22, 2011 10:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Portal 2 sells three million.

    Portal 2 is quickly on its way towards matching the sales of the original game.

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      June 22, 2011 10:30 AM

      That's a million for each time this article was posted in the chatty!

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      June 22, 2011 10:34 AM

      I wonder if they're counting the PC codes activated on Steam from PS3 copies as a separate "copy" of the game. I doubt it, but I'm curious.

      Also, the four million retail copies of Portal 2 - is that for the standalone-in-a-box game or does it include Orange Box copies as well? The linked article doesn't really say.

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        June 22, 2011 11:07 AM

        I see no reason why they would be counting these separately. Valve, despite playing close to the vest very often, wouldn't be above spin.

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      June 22, 2011 10:48 AM

      Still waiting for a sale, I don't generally buy games for $50 anymore just because of my backlog.

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        June 22, 2011 10:52 AM

        Me too, I love Valve but there are just too many good games coming out to slap down 50-60 dollars a pop. Especially this year, my backlog just jumped over the last 3-4 months

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          June 22, 2011 10:58 AM

          Ass 2, Fear 1,2, LoL, SC2, Magic 2012

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            June 22, 2011 11:07 AM

            Here's a few from the last 3-4 months for me... Bulletstorm, crysis 2, portal 2, the witcher 2, dragon age 2, fear 3, DNF (5 dollar deal) New Vegas DLC. The list keeps growing because this year is out of control

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        June 22, 2011 11:33 AM

        I did the same thing. I picked it up this week during Toy's R Us' 2 for $50 sale. I got Portal 2 for the PS3 and it came with a Steam code, and LA Noire for $50 total. Portal 2 has been lots of fun.

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        June 22, 2011 3:38 PM

        I got it for $28 using the PS3 steam activation and promptly trading in the PS3 disk.

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          June 22, 2011 5:47 PM

          Wow. You're a tool.

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            June 22, 2011 6:42 PM

            How so? Would have waited for a sale otherwise, so it's not like they lost money.

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        June 22, 2011 6:06 PM

        I preordered Portal 2 for less than $40

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          June 22, 2011 6:07 PM

          I've seen it on sale enough soon after release that I wouldn't quite call it a full priced release.

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        June 22, 2011 6:11 PM

        I'm the same way usually, and I got it on sale (at Amazon, I think?) for $30.

        However, after beating it, I would have been happy to pay the full $50 for it. I still say it's the best game I've ever played.

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      June 22, 2011 12:05 PM

      i had so much fun with this game. i wish i could go back in time and have another first go around.

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      June 22, 2011 2:27 PM

      Portal 2 is amazing.

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      June 22, 2011 2:58 PM

      Good, well deserved! A great game!

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      June 22, 2011 3:19 PM

      I just finished it. The dialogue totally makes the game.

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      June 22, 2011 4:32 PM

      Well deserved, such a great game

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      June 22, 2011 5:47 PM

      \o/

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      June 22, 2011 6:15 PM

      yay for good games

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      June 22, 2011 6:41 PM

      I really like Portal 2 and I especially like the new mechanisms they introduced but I feel like Valve has only scratch the surface of whats possible in a game like Portal. For example Non-Euclidean geometry would be pretty blowing. http://youtu.be/DAkKKShGluE Also portal doors: http://youtu.be/rOSThfw7DSA

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        June 22, 2011 6:42 PM

        This is why I'm looking forward to the upcoming DLC. I hope for the stuff that got cut :D

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      June 22, 2011 6:49 PM

      i wonder how many of portal1's numbers are counted considering it was free ]several times.

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      June 22, 2011 10:28 PM

      Portal sells 3 million. 2.9 million finish it their first night.

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        June 22, 2011 10:29 PM

        2.875 million love the game upon completion on the first night.

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        June 22, 2011 10:32 PM

        2.9 million people didn't have friends to play co-op

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        June 22, 2011 10:37 PM

        I still haven't beaten it :(

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        June 22, 2011 10:58 PM

        DERP

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        June 22, 2011 11:21 PM

        Globally only 50% have finished Portal 1, so you're not even close in your statement.

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