Valve Reveals New Free Game 'Aperture Desk Job' for Steam Deck Launch

It's Steam Deck launch day, and Valve has a surprise -- it's announced a new game set in the Portal universe called Aperture Desk Job. Best of all, you'll be able to play it completely for free next month.

Published: February 25, 2022 1:21 PM /


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Valve has revealed a new game called Aperture Desk Job to go hand-in-hand with the official Steam Deck launch -- and it's going to be released for free next month.

As you probably know by now, Valve revealed the Steam Deck last summer. This handheld gaming PC will let you play a hefty chunk of your Steam library on the go (and you'll be able to turn it into a desktop PC with a dock that's launching this spring, too).

It's certainly a cool little device, but it was missing something... special. A unique experience that embodies everything that the Steam Deck is about. That all changes today with the announcement of Aperture Desk Job, a new PC game that is set in the Portal universe. Check out the trailer for this surprise announcement (via ResetEra):

Described as "a playable short," Aperture Desk Job is... well, it's a desk job set at Aperture Science. You might know that as the company serving as the setting for the Portal franchise.

In short, this game serves as a way for gamers to get used to the controls of the Steam Deck. You shouldn't expect a big, amazing experience, mind -- the game's Steam Store page takes care to note that "This is not a sequel to Portal."

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When is the Aperture Desk Job Release Date?

The Aperture Desk Job release date is March 1, 2022. There's no need to worry about the price, though -- this game is going to be available on PC completely for free, no strings attached.

There is one caveat, though: while you won't need a Steam Deck to play this game, it does not support mouse & keyboard. That means you're going to need a controller to enjoy this upcoming game set in the Portal universe. For now, you can add Aperture Desk Job to your wishlist on Steam.

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