E3 2008: LittleBigPlanet Sony Conference Impressions

Sony came up with a novel way of showing sales stats at its E3 press conference, using a special level in LittleBigPlanet.

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Usually in E3 press conferences, gamers have to put up with a series of PowerPoint slides before they get to see the new games. However, this year Sony managed to combine the two. The company employed Media Molecule's upcoming platformer to show off a range of stats about sales, as well as the announcement of a new "Greatest Hits" budget label for the PlayStation 3.

Before jumping into the custom-designed level, Media Molecule's Alex Evans helped Sony's Jack Tretton create a special version of Sackboy. As a child of Boston, Tretton asked Evans to dress Sackboy in a Boston Celtics team shirt. Then he jumped into the game where the developers had created a series of bar charts showing how the PlayStation 3 has combined features, such as high definition and online gaming. Sony revealed that it had sold 1.8m PS3s in the US this year so far, in addition to 1.6m PSPs and 1.5m PS2s. To illustrate the point, you could see mini PS3 consoles falling into Sony trucks in the background.

Tretton then went on to announce the new PlayStation 3 Greatest Hits label, which will sell for $29.99 in the US. As Sackboy elevated upward, titles such as MotorStorm, Resistance: Fall of Man, Warhawk, Call of Duty 3, Fight Night, Need for Speed Carbon, Assassin's Creed, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Oblivion, and Ninja Gaiden were revealed in the background of the level--again, to great effect.

While many of the items in the LittleBigPlanet demo were obviously created specifically for the presentation, it was another great demonstration of the power of the game's creation tools. We're sure to see more of the game on the E3 show floor, so stay tuned for more information as we get it.

Discussion

37 comments
kohwil
kohwil

Nope LBP is also available via PlayStation network, saw it on the information board.

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

LBP will be available on Blu-ray only.

dylan4peace
dylan4peace

Are we going to have to buy it in a best buy or something or from the playstation network????? That wasn't clear to me.

shamba22
shamba22

I cant wait 4 LBP ive already pre ordered it lol, only 64 days to go

scorch-62
scorch-62

The presentation was impressive, but it's not the game for me.

joseph_mach
joseph_mach

Impressive as always. I'll have my copy on Day 1.

gmax
gmax

It is a shame we can't expect - nay - demand that the entirety of these conferences be done using game engines... heh... Anyway, I liked Sackboy.

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

Possible user created "System Wars"-, "Off-Topic"- and Gamespot-levels? I'm really curious about the best levels of the future...

Paul_TheGreat
Paul_TheGreat

This will be the best game released all year.

grambyte
grambyte

This game together with MGS 4 will one day make me go get a PS3.

Neonivek
Neonivek

As much as I LOVE the idea of this game... I am fearful of the chance realisation that I have little ability to well made levels.

GM-Lucra
GM-Lucra

At first I didnt think much about this game but when I saw them use it at the game conference I thought to myself that that was one of the most brilliant things I have ever seen.

Serious
Serious

This is the innovative gameplay that I love to see. I can't wait to get my hands on it. I have a major case of creative juice overload that only LittleBigPlanet can cure. :)

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I might convince my friend to get it so i can play it on his ps3:P

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

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Pumpkin-Head
Pumpkin-Head

OMG! i saw the whole thing live and i have to say..WOOOOOW! :D I enjoyed every bit of it! it was BRILLIANT! :D

AIH_PSP
AIH_PSP

@ZeroGravX: There are pre-defined levels, but the sandbox editor is available from the beginning.

Nerissa
Nerissa

Very innovative demo, a really cute little character :)

burstlimit514
burstlimit514

it looks fun. But should i buy it with God of war comming in March and the james Bond game?

Simi_87
Simi_87

this looks soo cool!!

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

The demonstration was genius! I wasw lovin' the whole thing!!!!!!!!!!!

Darth_Xehanort
Darth_Xehanort

Man, this was the most clever way to present statistics EVER! Man, Sony and the PS3 are GODLY!

1005
1005

LBP looks awesome!

EternalDove
EternalDove

Brilliant Sony, seriously. Great job.

ndidus
ndidus

Best statistics in a press conference ever! What they did was clever and exciting.

ZeroGravX
ZeroGravX

This game looks like it will be a ton of fun, but I have to wonder, is it going to be sandbox right from the start or are there some predesigned levels one can play with first?

Agreb91
Agreb91

Nice way to use the game in the stage demo.

psp8976
psp8976

Oh that is ssssssoooooo cool man on how the use the game in the conference i am so going to be happey when it come's out

gike987
gike987

This was so cool! Sony managed to make statistics fun to watch.

Neosword
Neosword

Done really well in the conference, can't wait to get my hands on it.

kierantoocool
kierantoocool

love the way they used this game in the press conference.