As Easter eggs go, it was a huge success.
Valve has confirmed that a Portal-themed Easter Egg discovered by CS:GO players is not an ARG.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players caused a stir earlier this week when they discovered a Portal reference hidden in the new Danger Zone Blacksite map. Tucked away in the blocked-off Room 3 of the map’s motel was a handful of computers emitting a broadcast that was decoded to reveal the first line of Portal’s ending song, Still Alive; “This was a triumph, I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.”
Players continued to explore the map and some speculated that this was the beginning of an ARG, with clues being gathered over on Reddit. Sadly, speculation was soon nipped in the bud by the game’s official Twitter account, and a player who claims to have an email from Valve’s Gabe Newell, also confirming that this is an Easter egg.
“Congrats to all who have found our Portal Easter egg on dz_blacksite! We’re just having a bit of fun and the Easter egg is not a product announcement. Enjoy Danger Zone!” read the tweet from the official CS:GO Twitter account.
Further clues that players cited as possible evidence of an ARG included Half Life logos, the room number the computers were found in (indicating the third instalment in the Portal of Half Life series), hi-res unused textures, and a series of security cameras that lead players to the wreck of a ship.
You can read the entirety of the investigation right here.