Portal 2 has some of the best editing tools Valve has ever created, and the gaming community has responded by using those tools to create ten years of new puzzle rooms and regular mods. Now, a small update to Portal 2 has made a big change, lifting the 100MB file size limit on uploads to Portal 2’s Steam Workshop.
the rest of update These are mostly bug fixes, issues with the Model Viewer and Face Poser not opening, and demo playback not working for Workshop maps, among others.
But lifting the file size limit is a good thing. Portal 2 has received a bunch of substantial mods over the years, including last month’s Portal Reloaded, which added a time travel portal (!) And 25 new puzzles. I’m up for anything that encourages mod makers to raise their ambitions even further.
Portal 2 has also done some cool things with even simple user-created maps, allowing you to play them through the Perpetual Testing Initiative. PTI is a mode that chains user-created maps you select together in a seamless experience, with Cave Johnson’s character dialogue dynamically laid on top. I wish more games would put that kind of effort into encouraging people not only to do cool stuff, but also to encourage others to play cool stuff.
I’ve had Portal 2 on my brain since the game was ten last month and Craig wrote this article with a bunch of trivia about the game.