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10 comments by reepblue on Oct 16th, 2013

It's hard to imagine that the last time we spoken true word about Blue Portals was in 2011. What happened to Refresh? UP? and what about those strange pictures we posted in April? And most importantly; what is the future of Blue Portals?

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Back in 2011, we were working on a mappack called Blue Portals: Refresh. It was suppose to be a more wackier approach to the Blue Portals environment and included fun and crazy sounds, along with party balloons. It was also suppose to link the ending of Blue Portals, but not directly. I forgot why exactly this project stopped, but as I was playing the maps over again, half of them are broken pretty bad.

There was also a version of Blue Portals: Refresh that was just Blue Portals 2 puzzles in a broken down environment. (This was after we announced cancellation of BP2) While it looked nice and pretty, the performance was terrible when the player created two linked portals. I sadly don't have any screens of this build as all the screens have been uploaded to Zilefile, which has been down since 2011.

Ideas for Blue Portals came as fast as they left. I eventually (and many others) just started to get bored with Portal mapping in-general. With me, projects stopped being fun unless I had code to compile. Early 2012, I started PUNT (soon to be listed as Vectronic). However, we still came back to BP briefly from time to time.

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The idea of a New Blue Portals was interesting to us, so Colossal made a new set of textures, and I've remade the BP2 maps. But, due to Portal 2's limitations, and Source 2013's handicaps, this would be a difficult task, and would be much more work then fun.

So, now we've come to the update. This update will have the Steampipe gameinfo fix, controller support (Has an updated config), and will include Extended Play, The Planet Phillip Contest Maps, and Conversion Cubed. The update will also have the removal of the Time Trials maps, and files that only been used in test maps.

However, we have one small problem. I really don't want to recompile the maps not only because I'm not set up for it, but I can't rebuild the cubemaps. I would have to extract the Portal content to the 2007 engine, and I really don't want to do this. This is not a problem at all, however the last map (bp_11) crashes upon the projected texture, and if that's disabled, it crashes when the map goes to the credits. If you have gotten Blue Portals to work with the Steampipe update, I ask for you to play the last map and see if it crashes. No one is reporting it here, so I just wanna make sure it's not just me. You can PM me if it does or does not, and maybe look at it yourself with the Blue Portals SDK Files. Don't follow the installation instructions as it's out of date. I've noticed a broken I/O connection with the path tracks and trains. My next guess is to compare the 2007 code and 2013 code about that kind of stuff.

The goal now of Blue Portals is to keep it 100% playable, but also not change what we released in 2010. (Like now we don't have much of a choice.) Hopefully, I'll be posting here for big announcements, but for smaller updates, please check my Twitter feed.

Thanks
~reepblue

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PoloDef
PoloDef Jun 26 2012, 6:53am says:

neat idea!, im guessing the sequel will be "orange portals"?

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Colossal Creator
Colossal Jul 2 2012, 12:14am replied:

If I had a dollar for every time I heard that... I'd probably have around three dollars.

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fadi...naoum
fadi...naoum May 18 2012, 2:41pm says:

Has there been any recent news concerning Blue Portals: Refresh; in other words, has there been any recent progress? You don't have to tell me anything if you want to keep it private or keep it as a surprise.

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Billybobjoey
Billybobjoey Jun 10 2012, 8:26am replied:

Check Reepblue's blog and read the first post of 2012. It says that there "might" (or will, I forgot xD) be more for Blue Portals. Here's the link. reepblue.blogspot.com

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Colossal Creator
Colossal Jun 11 2012, 4:02am replied:

There will be more.

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Billybobjoey
Billybobjoey May 6 2012, 3:50pm says:

Is there an editor that has all the BP stuff in it? Because I would like to make some BP custom maps.

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Colossal Creator
Colossal May 6 2012, 9:35pm replied:

Yes, it's called Source SDK.

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Billybobjoey
Billybobjoey Jun 21 2012, 2:39pm replied:

Sorry, i'm retarded. I didn't know that Source SDK was the same as the Hammer stuff.

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ASBusinessMagnet
ASBusinessMagnet May 19 2012, 1:14pm replied:

Then why there is a separate download for a "Blue Portals SDK"?

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Colossal Creator
Colossal May 6 2012, 9:35pm replied:

Yes. Just put on hold at the moment.

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What made Portal great was while it was certainly challenging it was easy once you figured out what to do. The main problem with basically any Portal mod i've played is that you know what to do but no matter what you do you can't do it. Any Portal mod that requires crouch jumping, having two portals next to each other and forming a circle that makes you go higher is just frustrating to play in my honest opinion. Sadly this mod falls in the same category as Portal Prelude and Gamma Energy, really…

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I only give it that few points because it's mainly about jumping!
You have to jump here an hour and there! You have to think for half a minute to get the solution but half an hour to xecute it, because its only about difficult jumping that has to do with a big load of luck! not more. Many ideas are awesome but that jumping sucks and ruins everything

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