Super Meat Boy level editor is served

Team Meat launches free creation tool for PC version of platformer, promises "there won't ever be a Super Meat Boy 2."

Super Meat Boy's shelf life is apparently just about up. Team Meat today released a free level editor for the PC version of the game, in the process saying it would not be making a sequel to the game.

Is this the end of Super Meat Boy? (Yes. Yes it is.)

Now available to download through Steam, the Super Meat Boy level editor is flexible enough that users can re-create any level in the game (outside of boss levels and warp zones), as well as share their creations with other players. They will also be able to make their own playable chapters with set par times and vote on each other's efforts.

Unfortunately, the Xbox 360 version of the game will not be receiving the level editor. As Team Meat's Edmund McMillen explained, "We can't legally do a non-regulated editor on XBLA, but we will try to continue to upload new chapters to XBLA via the Internets."

In announcing the level editor's launch, McMillen indicated the developer would be washing its hands of the game shortly. There is one more minor update planned for Super Meat Boy and a port to the Mac, and after that, Team Meat will "hand the reigns [sic] to the SMB community and retire [Super Meat Boy]."

McMillen said he and fellow Team Meat member Tommy Refenes will then set to work on their second game, which will definitely not be a direct sequel. Although Team Meat has previously expressed reservations about the idea of a sequel, McMillen left little room for interpretation in stating flatly, "There won't ever be a Super Meat Boy 2."

Released last year on the Xbox 360 and PC, Super Meat Boy was named GameSpot's Best Downloadable Console Game of 2010 for its precise controls and demanding-yet-doable difficulty. For more, check out GameSpot's review of Super Meat Boy.

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PSR8000
PSR8000

@9thedevilmaycry : Wnhoopsie, it seems I was wrong. I'll admit, a friend of mine who owns all 3 consoles, told me those facts about SMB and the whole flash thing. After looking in to it myself, I found why it was never released on PS3, and a fair enough reason too http://www.psnstores.com/2010/07/quick-question-team-meat/ No mention of it having anything to do with nintendo though although I can see why you thought that: SMB = super mario bros, super meat boy!

Spahettificator
Spahettificator

Time for Super Meat Boy 0: the prequel in which we see how Meat Boy met Bandage Girl and why Dr Fetus is such an A-Hole :P

9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

@PSR8000 If it cant handle flash, than what is it doing with uncharted 2?(hint:super meat boy is not a flash game) @zidan4000 I did some research and the reason why its not on ps3 because sony didnt want the game on the ps3 in the first place, apparently nintendo started it(as in told them to make it)

Joeshmo93
Joeshmo93

I wish they would have made a level editor for the XBLA version...oh well...

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

Even though I haven't played it, I think Super Meat Boy is playing safe in not having a sequel. I mean, does it need one?

eyerok
eyerok

makes a lot of sense. Looking forward to their next project

GonnaDie4TheGov
GonnaDie4TheGov

This game was so good i wouldn't mind paying for a sequel since they have already proven themselves enough that i know a sequel would feel like jsut that, a proper sequel. Not just some new levels thrown together that feels like an add on pack to just get our money. I hope their next game is just as awesome

PSR8000
PSR8000

@zidan4000. Sorry dude, as far as I am aware, the PS3 can't handle flash games. :( They were going to release it on iphone also, but as with the PS3, can't handle that little thing called flash... :(

nitzan_z
nitzan_z

it's okay that they don't want to do a sequel (as long as they'll still make games) but let's just hope their next game will be as good as super meat boy

Driscoal
Driscoal

I totally dig these Meat Boy dudes. They say stuff like it is. "We can't legally do this..." and "No sequel ever never" and "we ain't in it for the money". Just my kind of people.

zidan4000
zidan4000

and would there ever a super meat boy for PS3? i mean seriously , why don't they release it there? , my xbox360 died almost two years ago and i want to play this game so badly .

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

True, but you spelled "spelled" wrong. Ah I can't believe people are still doing that.

brok
brok

Game developing done RIGHT.

Tevi
Tevi

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Tevi
Tevi

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FlamingFury
FlamingFury

The original dudes, I know what [sic] means. Sic-comics has pointed out it's meaning quite a fair bit recently...

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Sweet! They've finally released it. The news that there won't be a sequel for SMB is sad, even though I believe they will eventually release more games. I would certainly rather have another Super Meat Boy than another Call of Duty.

Travis281
Travis281

Hopefully they don't leave before they finish this mess that is super meat world is totally finished. It's still definitely in beta and I hope they find the will to complete it.

cds325
cds325

yes! Im so glad i bought this off of steam instead of xbox live. I bought super meat boy that came in a value pack with 13 games for around 30 dollars i think... god bless steam!

madg23
madg23

Why would they "retire" after such a short period, makes me sad that i wont be getting a SMB2 :'(

Flint247
Flint247

All games need level editors.

scratchisme
scratchisme

I can't wait to see what they do next.

mkaliaz
mkaliaz

This has been one of the best patformers I have ever played and I gotta give huge kudos to the developer for giving this game infinite possibilities for further entertainment.

Deity_Dude
Deity_Dude

I've got mixed feelings about this announcement, but I agree with my fellow gamers - this game doesn't need milking. Thanks for the editor, because the game is repetitive when you've beaten it 100%...

smoman5000
smoman5000

Awesome....i would still like a super meatboy 2 though...

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

Once I'm done building my PC, I'll be sure to get this. Glad I did not break down and buy it on the Xbox 360 already.

XenoLair
XenoLair

Not bad, no 2nd game needed really and with a level editor the game just got enough levels to last a lifetime.

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

KUDOs to TEAM MEAT! They're giving the game to the Community. That's what should be all about!

hobotech64
hobotech64

No sequel needed. The first made me rage enough.

JerrySizzla
JerrySizzla

This is definately a win-win. Too many developers taking the easy way out and re-hashing old ideas - bravo to them for moving-on...and... a FREE level editor. For those of you birching about the quality of this release (D1zzyCriminal), they didn't have to do it and it's free, so shut-up!

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

And No Super Meat Boy 2 EVER?? Now that is a REAL shame...

Blue_Shield
Blue_Shield

I can understand them not wanting do a sequel, but what about a spiritual successor? I want more platforming goodness.

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

Ive just download the editor. Its buggy as hell, and the lazy g*ts probably wont patch is assuming the message at the start of the program is true. Its a big disapointment.

wavelength121
wavelength121

Good, glad to know they won't ruin this gem so soon after release with a Left 4 Dead 2. Er, I mean Super Meat Boy 2.

Legojake94
Legojake94

wow..... the one time im a pc player, buy the game for the console, and become jealous of what the PC gets rofl

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

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Freak_Ache
Freak_Ache

Yes! Good thing I have the PC version!

z50macdaddy
z50macdaddy

This is good/bad news but still pretty excited about the level creator

Killingspree303
Killingspree303

Really awesome, but I don't like the thought of Meat Boy retiring. Not that I would like a sequel, nothing can top this classic!

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

saying that there will be no more Meat Boy games seems like a bold statment.

ssjfuturetrunks
ssjfuturetrunks

Too bad they wont be making SMB2, maybe its better to end good than to milk it like COD. COD should've ended at its peak: COD4

TechnologoDoom
TechnologoDoom

excellent! can't wait to see what the community does with this!