Build Your Own Aperture Science Test Chamber
May 11, 2011
Do you think that you can build an Aperture Science test chamber that would impress the meticulous GLaDOS? Here's your chance to prove it. Valve has released a beta version of the official Portal 2 editor that allows PC and Mac players to create their own maps (both single-player and co-op modes), character skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music. Let the creativity run wild!
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.
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
I do 3D design work at my non-gaming day job, so I'm tempted to give these tools a try and see what I can create. It seems very time-intensive though, and all things considered, I'd rather be playing Portal 2 than building it. If I do come up with anything, I'll be sure to share it, but in the meantime I think I'll just hold out for the upcoming downloadable expansion due out in the summer sometime. If I were to create my own test chamber, I'd want to do a better job than just writing the word TEST on a wall and crafting a simple puzzle that requires just pressing a button in order to cause a cube to fall on a pressure plate.