Portal is still considered a classic that draws in newcomers every day. This is partly because Valve likes to give away their masterpiece puzzle games for incredible discounts whenever it has the chance, but also because gamers are keeping the games alive through mods.
This Portal 2 mod, which tries to remake Portal 1 in the Nintendo 64, is also used in this game. If you wanted to go low-tech or high-end applications, there''s a way to customize the lighting and assets to new standards. And there''s the Portal: Origins mod, which is aiming to remake Portal 1 in the Portal 2s engine.
Both games use the Source Engine, but the Portal 2s engine has improved in the previous four years. Portal 2s Source Engine has improved particle physics, better audio, improved lighting, and support for Bink Video. That last part isn''t particularly beneficial anymore, but it makes Portal 2 a better game visually than Portal 1.
The portal: Origins mod team explains that "[Portal] the main objective of this mod is to maintain [the] gameplay and atmosphere of Portal 1 and make it in Portal 2 so that some cool stuff is found." That cool stuff isn''t just a visual redesign, but also a brand-new co-op that never existed in the original Portal.
The mod was developed in late 2020, with the ModDB page receiving periodic updates to keep us all informed. A fan poster contest, in which followers might submit their ideas for a poster to the mod. The requirements required the poster to be 1024x652 (or flipped) and cannot reference anything related to Portal 2''s plot (so no spoilers).
The mod team has also posted a few videos to show the mod''s progress. As you can see, the updated rocket turret looks pretty good, but there''s still work to be done. The rocket explosion appears to be incompatible with the particle effects of the broken glass, thus the two can''t appear simultaneously. There''s also a teaser trailer where the original GLADOS model has been replaced by Portal 2''s GLADOS.
Portal: Origins is on course for its Q4-2022 release. Head on over to ModDB to check it out. In the meantime, check out this cut Portal ending that takes Chel all the way to Half-Lifes Xen.