What fans would have considered only available to the PC market is coming to the consoles as well, thanks to the efforts of Valve. Portal 2 is poised to be the game that keeps on giving, especially with the recent revelation that the PS3 version of the game will include cross-platform (PS3 to PC and Mac) chat and a free voucher for the downloadable version of the game (through Steam).
But now, Portal 2 players will be privy to user-created levels across every single platform. The toolset will remain on the PC, but the levels will be made available to every version of the game. Those that fell in love with the ill-supported 360 version of The Orange Box will instantly recognize this news as a blessing.
The facts came to NowGamer from Valve Writer Chet Faliszek. Faliszek detailed the custom level news as such:
The mod tools have to stay on the PC side just because there’s a bunch of dependencies that require the Windows platform…but the content that comes out is agnostic, and so we will be seeing that on all the platforms. Depending on the platform you’re on I should say, will depend on how we’re delivering it.
That’s right, agnostic content. Readers that are paying attention likely caught on to that final snag in his statement: “Depending on the platform you’re on…”
Faliszek confirmed that the PS3 version of Portal 2 will access these community made shennanigans through the Steamworks feature. Those folks will likely be able to take advantage of the unique content in a way that’s fairly similar to users on the PC and Mac platforms.
Getting the sum of the bad news, as has been the turn of events since E3 and Gabe Newell’s “best console version” declaration, is the 360. 360 users will likely see the content come in batches, neither browsable or instantly accessible. Faliszek offers no official word on this, but that snag we mentioned above all but confirms the features the 360 is missing.
As news of Portal 2 develops, it honestly seems like the PS3 version of the game is the smarter purchase… for gamers with the luxury of choice.
Which version are you going for?