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Portal 2's Perpetual Testing Initiative DLC release date announced

Gamers are to begin making their own Portal 2 puzzles with a Valve DLC released in May.

Video game developer Valve Software is releasing an in-game puzzle maker named Perpetual Testing Initiative for its critically-acclaimed title Portal 2.

Fans of the game will finally be able to put to the test their gravity bending puzzle designing capabilities, which is something they have been looking forward to since getting their hands on the original title in 2007.

No doubt an array of excruciatingly difficult puzzles will quickly hit the internet, enticing gamers to pick up the title again, which may have been gathering dust on their shelves for the last few months.

It will be available as free downloadable content (DLC) for both PC and Mac users from May 8th.

Valve assures Portal 2 fans that it will not require expert programming knowledge, they will be able to "easily create, share, and play Portal 2 puzzles".

“It’s not just for the modders, it’s for the players. It’s a super easy way to consume the creations of other people that are just really hard to do otherwise,” said Valve writer Ched Faliszek to PC Gamer.

Each map that players create can be published directly to game distribution and social networking software Steam, which should create a whole network of avid level designers.

A system that allows users to browse, vote and download homemade maps should mean that even those that aren't active making levels will be tempted to give those made by others a try.

Portal is a very unique video game series that allows players to shoot an entrance and exit portal on to specific surfaces using a "portal gun". By moving the character or putting an object through one portal he or the object will automatically pop out of the other one, allowing players to solve puzzles and navigate a series of rooms.

According to Mr Faliszek, Left4Dead 2 will be the next game to get the Steam Workshop treatment, allowing gamers to create their own zombie-infested levels.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801351452-ADNFCR