The second dollop of Portal 2 DLC is on its way. Perpetual Testing Initiative is a level editor and puzzle building tool for Mac and PC. Console gamers will have to wait for their PC and Mac counterparts to build something for them, however.
From the 10th of May, PC and Mac users will be able to create their own Portal 2 test chambers using a simple point’n'click interface. The original Portal was heavily tweaked and modded by fans who wanted to crate their own devious puzzles but with Perpetual Testing Initiative, Valve seems to want to open the fun up to any player with a mouse.
No programming skill will be required, just imagination and Minecraft-like levels of patience as you build your test chamber from ready made elements using the DLC’s 3D modelling tool. If the original game is anything to go by, Portal 2 players will be able to come up with even more devious and cruel puzzles than even Valve’s evil level designers.
Sadly, console gamers will have to keep THEIR inherent cruelty and deviousness to themselves for now; although user creations can easily be uploaded and shared using Steam, it does not appear that this extends to the version of Steam especially made for Portal 2 on PS3; Xbox 360 also appears to be out in the cold.
Perpetual Testing Initiative is a free download for PC and Mac via Steam, available 10th of May. Original copy of Portal 2 required.