Game on! Portal 2 got a big, fat, full ten from us last month, and with good reason. But there were still one or two questions hanging over the game's staying power in the long-term. Now, however, in typical Valve fashion, the doors have been blasted wide open to give folks the chance to create their own fiendishly puzzling testing chambers as well as music, sound effects, skins and character models.
The dev kit include versions of the same tools Valve themselves used to create the game, with updated versions of Source editor Hammer and Faceposer, not mention some example maps and helpful guides thrown in for good measure.
Here's the full blurb from the Portal 2 blog over on Steam:
Today we're opening up the beta of the Portal 2 Authoring Tools to everyone! It's available as a free download for all owners of the PC version of Portal 2 and can be found under the "Tools" tab in Steam.
The Portal 2 Authoring Tools include versions of the same tools we used to make Portal 2. They'll allow you to create your own singleplayer and co-op maps, new character skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music.
Here's what's included:
- Updated version of Hammer, the Source level editor
- Updated Faceposer
- Example maps and instances to help build new maps
- Updated suite of command-line compiling utilities
It is still in beta, so there may be a couple of niggling issues, but the kit's there. Time to start testing. For science.