Valve’s relentless hyping of Portal 2 already has the internet in a frenzy. What better way to escalate that frenzy than to pass on encrypted files with transcriptions that sound as if they make reference to the Half-Life series?
Additionally, a fan podcast known as Steamcast was apparently hijacked and a Morse code signal was aired during the show’s chatter. The hosts of the podcast say they were unaware of what was going on. Once deciphered, the Morse code signal reads “it’s not over the others have been compromised”. A clip of the podcast is after the jump, but exactly what is being referred to is anyone’s guess. Could it refer to the indie titles connected to the GLaDOS rebooting program, or does it refer to something from the Half-Life series instead?
And what of the aforementioned encrypted file? That was supposedly sent to the ValveARG website by Valve themselves. Once that was decrypted the Half-Life speculation began. Might there be a franchise cross-over on the horizon? The events in Portal and those in Half-Life take place in the same fictional settings, and both franchises frequently make references to one another.
Is it worth noting that the Morse code signal starts straight after the host of the show mentions the Half-Life series?
Below is the contents of the encrypted file that was forwarded to the ValveARG website:
—LOG FROM [ REDACTED ], BY J.H. TO C.J.—
1. We designed the entire thing to be very, very durable. It was easy to get the materials since everyone’s been thinking
it’s a simple icebreaker ship. Ha.
2. We have made sure to strip it of anything not necessary, so that we have plenty of space for it. It doesn’t have any
backup supplies in the event the crew runs out of food, though. And there isn’t much food onboard in the first place.
3. In the event you need to send it off all of a sudden, use the OR box with code ‘hb1′.
That’s all, C.J. Not much else I can tell you other than this won’t leave a blight on our record. Mesa is going to be sore
when they see what we’ve done.
The mention of an “icebreaker ship” immediately harks back to the Borealis, which comes from the events in Half-Life 2: Episode 2. The C.J. in this message is likely to be Cave Johnson, the founder of Portal’s Aperture Science. Of course, the Mesa mentioned is obviously Black Mesa from the Half-Life universe. We already know about the bitter rivalry between Black Mesa and Aperture Science labs.