Valve has made a new Portal game, but it’s not the one we want.
Moondust, the latest entry in the Portal universe, isn’t a full game but rather a VR tech demo. In the demo, you play as a robot on the moon, using your hands to crush rocks, build structures, throw objects around, assemble space stations, and race a buggy around a track.
Of course, the reason behind Moondust‘s existence isn’t just to make another game. It’s to show off Knuckles EV2, a total redesign of Valve’s VR Knuckles controllers. All the rock-squeezing, lifting, and other fine motion controls found in Moondust are really just an excuse to show how the controllers are capable of lifting and gripping objects with varying amounts of pressure.
This isn’t the first time Valve has used the Portal setting for a VR demo. Valve used a Portal-themed demo to show off the HTC Vive back when it was new, and a few fan-made VR mods can be found on Steam.
Currently, Moondust is included with the Knuckles EV2 dev kits Valve is shipping out to developers. It’s meant to give an idea of things those developers can use in their games. We’ll have to wait and see whether the game gets a full release, perhaps when the Knuckles EV2 controllers see a wider public launch.