After debuting all the way back in April 2011, not to mention racking up Game of the Year awards around the industry, Valve recently gave players a reason to return to their testing chamber for more Portal 2 puzzle solving. Announced yesterday, the Portal 2 ”Perpetual Testing Initiative” DLC finally brings level editor functionality, which was previewed in a PC beta last May, to the Steam Workshop platforms (specifically Mac and PC).
Following the announcement, the developer also debuted the “Perpetual Testing Initiative” DLC Trailer – that, in keeping with typical Valve customs, is both humorous and informative.
The trailer actually debuted on GTTV last night right after the reveal of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale - the long-rumord PS3 Super Smash Bros. clone.
You can check out the ”Perpetual Testing Initiative” DLC trailer below (courtesy of GTTV):
While the trailer doesn’t delve too deep into the in-game editor mechanics – in favor of detailing how the “Perpetual Testing Initiative” is funded (i.e. through stealing labor via the “Multiverse”) – given the success of similar level editors in other games (most notably the breathtaking creations in LittleBigPlanet 2), it’s easy to imagine that Portal 2 players are in store for some exciting new puzzles to solve – even if they’re too lazy to contribute to the creations list themselves.
Unfortunately, as we’ve previously mentioned, it’s unclear at this point (if ever) console players will get access to either the level editor or, at the very least, the top-rated user creations. While the PS3 allows for Steam integration (anyone who played online co-op had to link their PSN account with Valve’s system), the console does not, at this time, feature the Steam Workshop – which is the foundation for all of the Portal 2 level editor creation/sharing functionality. Prior to the game’s release, Valve had claimed user-created content would be available on all platforms (PS3 and Xbox 360 included); however, since that time, the developer hasn’t outright confirmed or denied the “Perpetual Testing Initiative” on consoles. Although, sadly, it’s hard to imagine console cross-over work is a major priority – given that the game has now been out for over a year.
That said, Valve is known for supporting games long-after release, especially titles with an active player community, (we’re looking at you Team Fortress 2) – so it’s certainly possible that PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers could eventually gain access to the DLC content.
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The Perpetual Testing Initiative DLC for Portal 2 will be available May 8, 2012, on PC and Mac.