Valve today announced an original song by popular recording artist The National will be included in its upcoming game, Portal 2, when it is released the worldwide the week of April 18.
Portal 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the title that earned over 30 Game of the Year Awards in 2007. The sequel adds new characters, game mechanics, and multiplayer co-op to the award-winning formula that made the original a global phenomenon in gaming.
“The inclusion of the original song, Still Alive, in the first Portal game was part of what made the game special,” said Chet Faliszek, writer at Valve. “For Portal 2, we wanted to extend the use of music. When Bug Music mentioned to us that The National might be interested, we jumped at the opportunity to work with them.”
“After I met with Valve and learned about the intricacies and story line of the first Portal game, I knew The National’s music would fit beautifully in the sequel.” said Julia Betley, Bug MusicManager. “The National’s raw and emotive music evokes the same visceral reactions from its listeners that Portal does from its players. It was exciting and a privilege to bring together two exceedingly talented creative teams to create something special for Portal 2.”
Portal 2 is due for release worldwide the week of April 18 for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Mac.