Portal Co-writer and Valve alumnus Erik Wolpaw expressed his interest in making a third Portal game. How reported by the VGC, Wolpaw was interviewed at the Kiwi Talkz podcast, where he discussed his work on various Valve games, including Portals 1 and 2. Wolpaw ended the show with a heartfelt petition, stating, “We’ve got to start Portal 3. That’s my message to… be.”
Wolpaw continued. “I’m not getting any younger either. We’re getting to the point where – it’s crazy to think – [we’re ] It’s literally going to be too old to work on Portal 3. So we should do it.” He pointed to the recent Steam Deck release game. opening table work as an example of people’s desire for a third Portal game. “Desk Job was fun. If you liked Desk Job, email Gabe. Tell him you want some Portal 3.”
While Wolpaw’s enthusiasm for the series is clear, he’s also realistic about the hurdles he would have to overcome for Valve to approve a third Portal game. At the start of the chat, he says, “I’d work on another Portal in a second, but I can’t make it happen on my own.” He points out that Valve has around 300 employees, many of whom will be working on Steam or new hardware like the Steam Deck. “So there’s a lot of opportunity cost to take 75 people and try to make a game.”
Wolpaw also points out that Portal 3 may simply not be a big enough earner to appeal to Valve in its modern form. “You would make money, but what kind of money would you make? Are you going to make money in Counter-Strike: GO? Probably not.”
Outside of Portal 3, Wolpaw also discusses his work on Half-Life: Alyx, including putting together the game’s monumental ending, and how significant getting the ending was for the game. “This was literally the best pitch we had. We didn’t have a plan B.” he says. “If everyone had really hated it, they probably would have… maybe killed the project.”
It’s possible that Valve is working on some kind of Portal game. Last month, YouTube reporter Tyler McVicker discovered clues in the Desk Job source code referring to several unannounced projects from Valve, including a sequel to Half-Life: Alyx and a Portal Paint Gun game. However, this doesn’t sound like a full-fledged Portal sequel, and Wolpaw is certainly not involved with it.
Ultimately, whether or not to see Portal 3 is entirely up to Valve’s whims. In the meantime, however, I encourage you to check out Portal Reloaded, a mod that makes a good attempt at being a sequel to Portal, featuring some impressive new applications of the game’s core mechanics.