The Portal Device
|The contents of this article have been cut.|
The subject matter of this article contains in-development information that was cut from the final version of an official and/or canonical source and appears in no other canonical source. It may also contain incomplete information since not all cut material is publicly known.
|The Portal Device|
This chapter is largely made up of a series of laboratories and holding cells where specimens captured from the portal have been kept for study. The Portal Device itself is a machine designed to open an interdimensional portal between Earth and an alternate dimension. It's been used to capture specimens without the danger of actually traveling there. According to the chapter summary, no human has ever ventured through the portal before.
An accident fractures the fabric of space-time and allows aliens to invade through the fissures. The level begins in the main control room following the disaster. The player, initially only armed with a crowbar, was to battle his way through the now-ruined and infested labs to escape. Optional paths to progress through the labs are presented, and a number of puzzles must be navigated in order to proceed.
The chapter was cut following the game's significant reworking in late 1997. It eventually evolved into Unforeseen Consequences which shares the same general premise. While a majority of the levels were completely discarded, the broken airlock in
c1a1 was reused in Unforeseen Consequences, and the flooded laboratory in
c1a1b was moved to the chapter Office Complex.
 Behind the scenes
Despite having similar placements in their respective revisions of Half-Life, the Portal Device should not be confused with the final game's Anti-Mass Spectrometer as the latter is only capable of examining crystal specimens. However, Decay features a device called the Displacement Beacon which was designed to open a portal and capture specimens on Earth without the necessity of traveling to the alternate dimension, similar to the Portal Device's original intended purpose.
- - Features footage of The Portal Device at 00:11, 00:23, and 00:56.
- - Features footage at 00:25.
- - Features footage at 00:09 and 00:29.
- - Recorded from the included demo files.