Portal 2 authoring tools hit open beta

Valve now letting gamers create their own single-player and cooperative test chambers for PC version of first-person puzzler.

by

In the Portal games, the rogue AI GLaDOS gets her kicks by putting players through a series of deviously designed test chambers. Valve is giving players a chance to see things from her perspective, as the publisher has launched an open beta for Portal 2 authoring tools that will let PC users create their own test chambers for the game.

A look at the Portal 2 authoring tool.

Available as a free download through Steam, the tools will allow owners of the PC edition of Portal 2 to make their own maps for gamers to run through alone or with a friend. Based on the programs the developers used to make Portal 2 in the first place, the authoring tools will also let users put in their own character skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music.

Released to critical acclaim for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC last month, Portal 2 is the continuation of the 2007 Orange Box pack-in Portal. The single-player portion of the new title continues the travails of human lab rat Chell, who in the original game used a portal gun to create interdimensional openings on ceilings, walls, and floors in an effort to escape the Aperture Science labs and thwart the diabolical GLaDOS. The newly introduced cooperative mode lets players take control of two robots, named Atlas and P-body, and work together to tackle their own set of portal-related problems.

Discussion

37 comments
thebrickster007
thebrickster007

@ zeebenzene It was in the original. It was called the Source SDK, and you could use it, with a little research, to create extremely good maps.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@sbcosmicnut The kit itself won't make it to consoles but it's possible that some of the player made maps could make it to consoles (well for the ps3 atleast due to the steam client although the PSN needs to be online for that lol)

jedicommand7
jedicommand7

Hopefully the chambers will be available to play on the consoles. That way I can enjoy the created content without doing the work of building and testing them! Though I suppose I could activate my PC version eventually when PSN is back up.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Portal + LittleBigPlanet = greatest game ever? Endless user created levels is always a good things. This will be fantastic.

sbcosmicnut
sbcosmicnut

@console owner. Sorry girls/guy's I can't get too upset as there is so much console only content and so many games using older graphics technology so it can be ported to consoles easier, its crazy! Valve has basically released the editors THEY use. Its not a new application. Putting this on the consoles would require a lot of re-dev work that would cost a packet and could make this currently FREE tool a paid for product.

Draxargh
Draxargh

I'll bet you my Steam account that Portal 2 user-made content will be pushed out as updates. A big part of Valve's business model includes officially supporting outstanding maps that were created by the community, which is evident in TF2. Not only that, but often-times Valve will open up a contest and have user made maps voted on, or create a map and have users skin it in an artpass.

pszone
pszone

I really think ps3 or xbox360 should have this tool as well to create there own as well pc

DarkAngeles
DarkAngeles

@Skull-Fire Good luck getting a CAD-based program on a console which doesn't have mouse & keyboard support (unlike the PS3).

mp01juve
mp01juve

Sounds great. Loved playing Portal Prelude and Portal flash map pack for the original game

Pete5506
Pete5506

This should be pretty sweet, looking forward to some hard test champers

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Even if it doesn't make its way to the PS3, at the very least, I'll be lookin' forward to Valve's free DLC this summer. Nothin' like what the original creators put out, even though I'm sure there's a few worth tinkering through on the Steam network.

Travis281
Travis281

You guys want the level creator ON the ps3? What is the point of that. Just let users upload their creations to Steam and play them on consoles through Valve's servers.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Valve is awesome. Portal should be like Little Big Planet where gamers can create different maps, gameplay, etc. and keep this game going for years. Valve should also have a contest.

zeebenzene
zeebenzene

@thebrickster007 I doubt that'll happen soon. but maybe in the future. I hope they let you download maps that other people create though. And honestly, I'm surprised this wasn't in the original game.

thebrickster007
thebrickster007

I wonder if it'll have exporting to PS3 through the Steam Cloud...?

gnbfd
gnbfd

wasn't this confirmed for PS3 too? Or at least the levels themselves if not the creator?

shakensparco
shakensparco

Game communities always put out amazing maps

GabuEx
GabuEx

So glad I got the PC version of Portal 2 now. :D This is going to be so awesome. I love you Valve.

Nergil
Nergil

would love to see this on ps3 too but you gotta love valve anyway for always supporting their properties (except the first left4 dead that is).

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

User created content is entirely possible on consoles, Ubisoft did it with Farcry 2, so why cant VALVe do it with Portal 2? A chamber creator would add so much extra value and longeviity.

Okplay
Okplay

I was expected that from Valve,way to go.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

@Cwagmire21: agreed, I remember in Unreal Tournament 3 you could create your own maps (on your PC) and share them on the PS3 and PC (I'm not sure why you couldn't do this on the X360), so it would be great if we can do this on Portal 2 for ALL the systems :D

joeborg14
joeborg14

If only I could activate my PC version... All I've got is stupid PS3 offline crap. Oh PSN, why are you so... down?

HT89488
HT89488

nvm :roll: Might want to mention how to obtain it, since its cryptic. Steam>Library>Veiw>Tools>Portal 2 Authoring Tools-Beta Right click>Install game. Then you know what to do from there.

HT89488
HT89488

um ..where is this available on Steam? I must be looking in the wrong spots. Can someone tell me please.

HT89488
HT89488

oooo....this ran chills down my spine. Thank you Valve. :)

KillerBill316
KillerBill316

@Cwagmire21 I think that's the plan. So I've heard.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

I think it would be great if select PC user-created maps would be uploaded for 360 and PS3 players to also enjoy some user-created content.

Neosword
Neosword

No doubt there will be some awesome maps made with this

lock445
lock445

Great! Now how about those Black Ops mod tools for PC users...