Crossing rivers with suspension bridges or steel rebar is folksy and quaint, but those methods are too old fashioned for Aperture Science. And in the upcoming Bridge Constructor Portal, due out December 20 on Steam and mobile devices, youll get the chance to use the space-time-bending tool from Valves Portal games to help vehicles go from point A to point B. Publisher Headup Games and developer ClockStone Software, which are responsible for the popular Bridge Constructor, are working directly with Valve for this followup. In the standard Bridge Constructor, players design structures over obstacles that must withstand cars and heavy freight trucks. This physics-based puzzler requires you to use your resources strategically to get vehicles safely across without going over your budget. Those mechanics have found a sizable audience, as Bridge Constructor has surpassed more than a million copies sold. Portal and Portal 2 both have players solving traversal puzzles using the titular portal gun. This is a weapon that opens up a wormhole-like tunnel to connect two separate points in 3D space with a door that you can walk through. In Valves games, players take the Aperture Science invention to survive a series of tests and then to escape into the world. But while Portals mechanics were fresh and exciting, the game also won praise from fans and critics for its writing and characters. In particular, people loved the villainous A.I. GLaDOS, which taunted you throughout your adventures. And now players can spend even more time with the murderous computer program as she is returning in Bridge Constructor Portal. If youre wondering how all of this will work, ClockStone and Headup launched a trailer that you can watch at the top of this story. It shows a truck tumbling into a gap and then entering a portal and then carrying the moment from that fall to leap across a bridgeless gap. Who needs the Golden Gate Bridge? Bridge Constructor Portal is also coming to the consoles, but it wont jump through a tear in the fabric of space on those platforms until 2018.
But why, though? Fans have been waiting with little hope for a third entry in the beloved Portal franchise since the second game came out in 2011. It seems Valve has answered their prayers -- kind of. Instead of another first-person teleporting puzzle adventure, the next Portal-branded title is a standalone spin-off of the popular Bridge Constructor game. If a marriage of both those franchises is up your alley, snag it for desktop or mobile on December 20th. As the trailer illustrates, the game packs in the endearingly wild physics of Bridge Constructor with the titular teleporting ovals of Portal. Sure, it's not the Portal 3 everyone really wants, but it's probably the closest we'll get since Valve doesn't really make games anymore (they handed this one off to studios Headup and ClockStone Software). Bridge Constructor Portal will cost $10 for the PC, MacOS and Linux versions and $5 for the iOS and Android apps, all of which come out December 20th. Console editions will follow in early 2018.