Portal 2 in-game map editor confirmed

Valve confirmed the in-game level editor for Portal 2, showed off two screenshots of it, and announced it will be part of a major update to the game due out early next year.

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It didn't take long for Valve to confirm the rumor we reported of an easy to use level creator coming to Portal 2. The new tool will be part of what the press release terms a "major update" planned for release early next year. With it, users will be able to create both single-player and co-op test chambers for Portal 2 and share them with the community. In addition to playing these new levels, gamers will be able to rate them with a single click, implying some sort of simple community rating system will exist for filtering the newly minted levels. Judging from the two screens below, it looks like making Portal 2 levels will be a much easier, perhaps even drag-and-drop, endeavor. Getting up to speed with, as Valve puts it, "thinking with portals," still presents plenty of challenge.

Portal 2 editor (click image to view full size)

Portal 2 editor (click image to view full size)

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    October 21, 2011 6:00 PM

    Garnett Lee posted a new article, Portal 2 in-game map editor confirmed.

    Valve confirmed the in-game level editor for Portal 2, showed off two screenshots of it, and announced it will be part of a major update to the game due out early next year.

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      October 21, 2011 6:02 PM

      Hahaha, matching the design of the editor to the design of those animated promos is a fantastic idea.

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      October 21, 2011 6:16 PM

      Wow, that's impressive.

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      October 21, 2011 6:16 PM

      That is fantastic

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      October 21, 2011 6:25 PM

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      October 22, 2011 3:32 AM

      As a level designer, I find this very interesting.

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      October 22, 2011 6:55 AM

      I thought the header image was concept art, or a clip from one of their trailers - But wh0a!

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      October 22, 2011 6:57 AM

      That looks great! Finally my supremely awesome level designs will be realized!

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      October 22, 2011 7:03 AM

      That is brilliant. Makes level design like playing with LEGOs as opposed to playing with engineering drafting software. Bring it on!

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      October 22, 2011 7:20 AM

      Wow that looks totally amazing. Kudos, Valve.

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      October 22, 2011 8:37 AM

      i figured this was coming after the Alien Swarm template info came to light.

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        October 22, 2011 8:43 AM

        however, I'm shocked it took this long for them to announce / release it.

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      October 24, 2011 8:07 AM

      Sweet! I do wonder how they're going to handle the environment outside the test chamber though.

      Most of Portal 2 had missing tiles or holes in the floor that let you see the facility around you. Is it just going to generate/insert those automatically, or will the test chambers have to be completely enclosed?

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