Portal Reloaded adds a third portal and the fourth dimension

If you feel like having your brain broken a little bit, here's a gameplay trailer for the forthcoming mod Portal Reloaded. It adds a Triple Portal Device that, as well as the familiar blue and orange portals, also shoots a rectangular green portal that takes you 20 years into the future. 

Test chambers in the future, distinguishable by their rundown appearance, can be changed by altering test chambers in the present. Objects from the future can also be brought back into the present, and the moment in the trailer where I saw a puzzle solved using two companion cubes that are actually the same cube but from different points in time is the point where my brain packed its briefcase, put on a little hat, and closed the door behind it.

Portal Reloaded is the work of modder Jannis Brinkmann, who has been plugging away at it since 2014. It will contain 25 puzzles and a "small and contained story, which is delivered through more than 100 custom voice lines." A Q&A section on Brinkmann's website covers the important information, like the fact that timeportals default to middle-mouse button, and keybindings can be changed. On the subject of cake, the Q&A declares, "This information is confidential."

Portal Reloaded has its own Steam page, and is planned for release on April 19, 2021, which is exactly 10 years after the launch of Portal 2. As Brinkmann explains, "This mod is meant to be a celebration of all its achievements and an ambitious attempt to push its concepts even further."

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.