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Portal 2 DLC coming soon with free map editor

Valve has announced (via Destructoid) that the next free update for Portal 2 will include the Perpetual Testing Initiative, which is fancy Aperture-talk for what we in the shamefully Portal-poor world call “a level editor.” The PTI update, due for release as a free Steam download come May 8, will add a finalized version of the simplified map editor that saw beta-testing last year.

Above: That very editor in all its beta-version glory

Maps created within the Perpetual Testing Initiative will be available for sharing on the Steam Workshop (in case you'd gotten this far on hope and fumes, it should be clarified for definite that the PTI content's bound only for computer players). Valve's also said that some maps will get bundled into the game itself, though presumably that initial idea you had for a map shaped exactly like Mario's head might need a little fine-tuning if it'll make the cut.

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7 comments

  • IceBlueKirby - April 27, 2012 5:53 p.m.

    This makes me glad I have the PC version of the game. I'll probably spend most of my time just messing about in my own creations and finding ways to entertain myself for hours long before I actually get serious about making and sharing things.
  • gopie - April 27, 2012 4:33 a.m.

    So no update for xbox? :(
  • Risonhighmer - April 27, 2012 1:05 a.m.

    (I must be a robot, because I can;t for the life of me make out what these captchas say.) Awesome! I've always been put off by the complexity of hammer. It will be nice to be able to throw together custom maps with relative ease. Valve, you've done it yet again. I can't wait to see more of their good ideas.
  • aratiatia - April 26, 2012 11:18 p.m.

    What a shame PS3 users won't be able to use this - I love making levels in LittleBigPlanet2 and this would be so cool to try - so many different tools and assets to fiddle with. Sad face.
  • KnowYourPokemon - April 26, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    Awesome, but I can't help but feel like it's rather late... Well, at least it's not like Half Life Episode 3 Lol
  • Dadyo238 - April 26, 2012 5:24 p.m.

    Hey! It's never too late for Half-Life!
  • ChiChiRocket - April 26, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    Oh man, I hope this will let you make co-op maps.

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