Releasing A Portal 2 Map
The VPK addon system is no longer functional as of the Peer Review update released on Oct. 4, 2011. No information has been given as to why this was changed/broken.
Now that you have made your brilliant map you need a way to get this out to the public. If your map happens to have custom content such as sounds, scripts and materials the best way to release it is putting it inside a VPK. This collects all of your content into a single file and makes it easy to distribute.
Creating the VPK
- Create a folder and label it with your addon name.
- This folder should now mimic the structure of the '
Portal 2\portal2\' folder.
- Start with adding a folder called
mapsand add in your compiled .BSP.
- If you have any scripts be sure it lies in the same relative folder inside
- The same applies for
- Inside '
Portal 2\bin\' there is an executable called '
vpk.exe'. Drag your folder you created in step 1 onto this executable.
- You will now have a .VPK file in the same folder with the same name.
vpk.exe' (provided in Portal 2) in any location.
Installing the VPK
- Create a folder in '
Portal 2\portal2\' called
- Place your .VPK file inside the
- If Portal 2 was running during step 2, type the following in the console:
update_addon_paths. Otherwise, skip to the next step.
- To load a single player map, type in the console:
map mymapand replace mymap with the name of your map.
- To load a Co-op map, start a Co-op game with your friend, once you enter the hub type in console:
changelevel mymapreplace mymap with the name of your map.
You can upload your map in many websites. Here are some of them:
- http://www.map-factory.org (Down)
- http://www.portal2maps.net (Broken)
You can also Upload them to file-sharing websites like Rapidshare or Mediafire.