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Portal 2 Getting In-Game Map Editor Next Year

Valve looking to make map creation way easier for Portal 2 fans.

Soon, you too will be able to make your own Portal 2 levels full of weird goo!

UPDATE: I've added screens of the editor--really impressive stuff.

The next piece of content for Portal 2 is something slightly unexpected: an in-game map editor.

Valve says the editor will allow users to create both single and co-op stages, and will be “easy to use,” which suggests an interface much simpler than what is usually used to build levels for games.

Players will also apparently be able to “view, play and vote on them [levels] with a simple click.”

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Posted by patrickklepek
Soon, you too will be able to make your own Portal 2 levels full of weird goo!

UPDATE: I've added screens of the editor--really impressive stuff.

The next piece of content for Portal 2 is something slightly unexpected: an in-game map editor.

Valve says the editor will allow users to create both single and co-op stages, and will be “easy to use,” which suggests an interface much simpler than what is usually used to build levels for games.

Players will also apparently be able to “view, play and vote on them [levels] with a simple click.”

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Posted by AverageGreg

I'm so down for more Portal 2

Posted by FinalBoss

that seems cool.

Posted by roughplague

That sounds really cool, I'm down for that!

They should have a voice changer to make your own robot crazy A.I. voice too

Posted by Cheesimus

I assume this is for pc only, but wouldn't it be nice if console owners could share in the user created levels, maybe a best of pack or something?

Posted by l3illyl3ob

I'm pumped about this. I seriously hope this gives as much life to the game as the track editor does to Trackmania.

Posted by White_Silhouette

My guess the editor will be for PC but ps3 users will be able to download user created maps. MS will want to charge for this so content won't be available for xbox users. :(

Just my guess. Maybe MS will release it's grip a little on content control and have this available.

Posted by Gerhabio

Can't wait to play crazy user-created content.

Posted by Rhete

I've played a lot of custom maps since the game came out, but it's a minor pain having to download and run each one individually, so this update will be quite welcome.

Posted by Video_Game_King

This would make me buy the hell out of the game, but my laptop can't run it. Also, I already own the 360 version, and I've played both sides of it.

Posted by lion640

Has it been confirmed that this is PC only or is this coming to consoles?

Posted by NeedleLies

@lion640 said:

Has it been confirmed that this is PC only or is this coming to consoles?

I second that comment. I really hope this comes to the consoles.

Posted by TehFlan

Dude, yes!

Posted by Azteck

I love PC's! Oh and Portal 2!

Edited by JeanLuc

I've messed around with making Portal maps with Hammer but it was just to complicated so this sounds perfect!

Posted by Lokno

I'm always interested in a in-game editor! Hopefully they'll work to simplify the tools in hammer, and create some broad-brush features which help players place lighting and create rooms without cracks.

Posted by bombHills

I hope this is for consoles too... but I have a feeling it won't be.

Edited by Redbullet685

@NeedleLies said:

@lion640 said:

Has it been confirmed that this is PC only or is this coming to consoles?

I second that comment. I really hope this comes to the consoles.

This. If not, at least they should do the same thing as Super Meat Boy, where they take some of the best user created levels and release them for consoles.

Posted by The_tato

DO you think the PS3/Steam integration will make this a smoother transition onto Sony's platform? I cant imagine Microsoft will be up for allowing level sharing to be passed around and downloaded... especially not for free.

Posted by Nadafinga

Portal 2 meets Littlebigplanet? Yes please.

Posted by hobnobgb

I read that Valve have got one of the guys behind Google Sketchup working on this. If you've never used sketchup, it's probably the easiest-to-use 3D modelling tool ever made, so it bodes well for the level editor.

Posted by KillyDarko

The more Portal the better, is all I have to say :)

Posted by drag

infinite portal

Posted by AtomicTonic

I bet Valve is shooting for multi-platform release, but whether it will stay that way will come to crunch time. At this rate we may get this as our "Summer DLC" in 2012.

Posted by Tryptophan

lol

this is Valve

If it says next year in the headline

do yourself a favor, forget about it for five years.

Posted by Jayross

PC only?

Posted by Agent47

@Jayross:Like it matters by a year most will forget about it and it probably will take even longer than a year.Seems odd to release something so late for a game like Portal.

Posted by Shakezula84

I hope this is coming to consoles. Maybe take advantage of the PS3 Steam integration by making maps crossplatform.

Posted by gogobomb

i hope this comes out for the 360 version

Posted by FormulaDeuce

Yeah... Cause everyone wants to make maps where you get to spray white goo all over the walls and floor... (sigh)

I really like how they've made the editor look like the promotional videos they've used throughout the series. It's easy to look at and fits well as building blocks.

Posted by Cirdain

Bullshit is that what the editor looks like.

Posted by scorpio_gamer

Wow, waiting for it :D

Edited by Axel_IX

BRILLIANT!

Posted by Vexxan

Neat!

Posted by Ninja_Welshman

Space, wanna go to space, space, space on trial, GUILTY of not being in space, space, SPAAAACE!!!

Posted by Jeaz
@Cheesimus
I assume this is for pc only, but wouldn't it be nice if console owners could share in the user created levels, maybe a best of pack or something?
Ye, I'd say the consoles are gonna miss out on this, tools like this works best with a mouse and keyboard on your PC or Mac, but you never know. Hopefully it'll at least be an update do the consoles so they can access the created content.
Posted by Jeaz

I must say I really hope this pans out well. Portal 2s co-op mode was probably the most fun multiplayer experience I've had in years. Laughed so hard I was crying on numerous occasions.

Posted by conanpowerftw

The fact that the creator is going to be just like the overview perspective used in some of the game´s trailers, makes me so happy. Rad stuff!

Posted by risko

How come is this unexpected though? Valve is known for supporting user generated content so it makes perfect sense. The editor does looks more accessible than the source development kit though, hopefully this will bring about a whole bunch of new, creative levels to toy around with.

Posted by Hangnail

I hope Valve at least decides to implement this for the PS3 version, it would be awesome if your creations got carried over both Steam and PSN...!

Posted by Kaidorin

That is pretty sexy.

Posted by Gregomasta

A friend and I were discussing this exact thing while we were playing the DLC levels. He was saying "Portal 2 should have a level creator that's easy to use, like the track mania 2 track creator." Valve knows how to deliver on what their fans want.

Posted by Bollard

As pretty as those editor screens are, it looks incredibly impractical as a competent editing tool.

Posted by G0rd0nFr33m4n

Yes ! this is awesome, endless solo levels.... I can't say I am a fan of the co op ones....

Posted by GottaBelieve

What do you mean 'unexpected'? This seems like a totally logical progression for this type of game.

Edited by RoyaleWifCheese

@gogobomb: It probably won't. Knowing Valve, this sounds like something to be solely utilized through Steam on the PC and possibly PS3. Though, I could be wrong.

Posted by Three0neFive

This is pretty brilliant - tile-based editor for a game with a predominately tile-based aesthetic.

Posted by EXCellR8

ughhhhhhh where is gordon freeman!?

Posted by MeatSim

Sure I will spent some time messing around in a map editor.

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