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Portal 2 Editor Coming Soon, Says Valve

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Soon Portal 2 puzzlers will be able to create and share their own maps via the Steam Workshop.

Valve Software said on Thursday that a puzzle editor will arrive for Portal 2 on the PC and Mac platforms this May 8. It will arrive as a free DLC called" Perpetual Testing Initiative" and allow creative minds to publish maps straight to the Steam Workshop.

"The 'Perpetual Testing Initiative' allows players to easily create, share, and play Portal 2 puzzles," Valve said. "The Initiative comes with a simplified puzzle maker that allows that creation of mind-bending puzzles without ever leaving the game. The puzzle maker can directly publish maps to the Steam Workshop where users can browse, vote on, and select to play them. Selected puzzles will automatically be downloaded and installed inside Portal 2."

Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle-platform game that arrived on the PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 back in April 18, 2011 (wow over a year already?). The retail versions are distributed by Electronic Arts while Valve holds the reigns to the PC and Mac digital versions via Steam. The original Portal appeared back in 2007 as part of the Orange Box for the PC and Xbox 360, and then later the PlayStation 3. Both have high Metacritic scores across all platforms.

On Thursday Valve said that it plans to reveal more about the new editor via its blog as the release date grows nearer. However the company's most recent blog entry was back in February, reporting the launch of Bethesda's Skyrim mod depot. The launch included Fall of the Space Core, Vol. 1 which adds an "aggressively space-centric little robot tag along on your adventures in Tamriel."

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    DroKing , April 30, 2012 7:23 AM
    Cmon give us HL3 then few months after that... provide a pack that include HL1+HL2+HL3!!!! Ill buy it in an INSANT NOM NOM NOMMM
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    cheepstuff , April 30, 2012 1:16 PM
    Quote:
    Valve Software said on Thursday that a puzzle editor will arrive for Portal 2 on the PC and Mac platforms this May 8.

    Translation: sometime in July.
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    lasda , April 30, 2012 1:27 PM
    Nothing can stop you now.
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    TunaSoda , April 30, 2012 1:27 PM
    Looking forward too it, I wonder if it's actually a new version of Hammer?
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    Soda-88 , April 30, 2012 1:53 PM
    DroKingCmon give us HL3 then few months after that... provide a pack that include HL1+HL2+HL3!!!! Ill buy it in an INSANT NOM NOM NOMMM

    http://store.steampowered.com/sub/7930/

    I bought it when it was 50% off.
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    nukemaster , April 30, 2012 2:09 PM
    But no HL3 yet. :( 

    HL2 ep2 was "only" released back in 2007 with an ending that demands a ep3 or HL3.

    Come on valve...
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    everix , April 30, 2012 2:13 PM
    Awesome! This is exactly what Portal 2 needed.
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    brett1042002 , April 30, 2012 3:18 PM
    Less Portal, More HL3
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , April 30, 2012 3:54 PM
    Thumbs Up :) 
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    Middleman , April 30, 2012 4:52 PM
    cheepstuffTranslation: sometime in July.


    July, 2013

    or 14
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    bustapr , April 30, 2012 5:14 PM
    i really didnt get why valve didnt release this with the game or soon after the game was released. there wasnt much to do after you beat the 6 hour campaigns. however Im glad this is finally here. I just hope the game gets a very smart developer community to make great puzzles for a long time.
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    chimera201 , April 30, 2012 5:33 PM
    there are already great custom maps made out there with Hammer.

    And Valve releases this update after an year?
    Hmm... is it to keep players interested in Portal 2 or give the console players a chance to make custom maps?
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    g-unit1111 , April 30, 2012 5:54 PM
    greghomeTime to start planning my puzzle within a puzzle within a puzzle within a puzzle.......


    I'm intrigued by this idea - can you make an Inception puzzle in Portal 2? :lol: 
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    bustapr , April 30, 2012 5:55 PM
    chimera201there are already great custom maps made out there with Hammer.And Valve releases this update after an year?Hmm... is it to keep players interested in Portal 2 or give the console players a chance to make custom maps?

    this editor isnt being released for consoles.and I think that if they wanted to keep players interested in portal 2, they really shouldve released this editor soon after the games release, and not wait a year when most of the players hhave already forgotten/uninstalled the game.
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    thechief73 , April 30, 2012 6:05 PM
    Over the past few weeks there has been tons of news coming from VALVe and Gabe... I can't help but ask where and when are we going to hear about HL2:EP3 / HL3? Is VALVe buttering us up with all this new inside info to get us ready for a big announcement? Seems more likely than ever after that Ricochet 2 interview with Gabe. Or well maybe its just wishful thinking

    @chimera201 - Did you read the article? This will allow players to easily create custom maps in game and publish them to the Steam Workshop to share. This is far better and easier than an average gamer having to learn Hammer just to express their puzzle making creativity and then post or download maps from random websites.
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    kitekrazy1963 , May 2, 2012 1:24 AM
    Yawn. I want more Half Life.
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    Robopolo , May 2, 2012 5:29 PM
    Wow this will a great addition to an already incredible game. Hopefully they will release it for xbox 360, but I doubt it though :(