Portal 2 Authoring Tools step into open beta

If you ever daydreamed of creating your own Portal 2 levels, now’s your chance. Valve has released the same tools they used to create the game, and they’re available in the Tools tab in Steam. The tools allow you to pretty much create anything you want, from maps for single player and co-op, to making your own character skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music. All you self-conscious creators shouldn’t be intimidated, either, as Valve has included example maps and instances to help you get started. The Authoring Tools are still in beta, so be sure to leave feedback for the devs.

As there’s only so many ways to overcome the group of challenges in Portal 2’s single player and co-op, this is sure to go a long way towards lengthening the lifespan of your game. Be sure to check out our review of Portal 2 as well as an exclusive Warp Zoned interview with the game’s writer, Erik Wolpaw.

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