Little Big Planet 2 confirmed

[UPDATE] June <i>Game Informer</i> cover promises reveal of sequel to Media Molecule's million-unit selling platformer; Sony makes it official on Monday.

Last month, composer Christopher Leary appeared to confirm Media Molecule was prepping a new installment in its customization-heavy Little Big Planet franchise for the PlayStation 3. However, the confirmation came in direct contradiction to statements made by Media Molecule level designer Danny Leaver, who said in November that the studio would "never want to" create a Little Big Planet 2 as it would "be the most counterproductive thing you could do."

It would appear as if Sackboy and co. will return.

Now, it would appear as if Sony will be proceeding with Little Big Planet 2 after all. Today, GameStop-owned Game Informer magazine posted a teaser for its June cover story, promising a "huge feature article" on none other than Little Big Planet 2. As the teaser was primarily devoted to a cover story on Epic Games' recently announced Gears of War 3, no other details on the multiplayer-centric platformer were discussed.

Little Big Planet has been one of Sony's most successful PS3-exclusive titles. The game received critical praise, as well as multiple industry awards upon its October 2008 release, having achieved platinum sales by the end of that year. In March, Sony acquired Media Molecule outright, shortly after the Surrey, England-based studio shipped a version of Little Big Planet for the PSP.

A primary issue with introducing a sequel to Little Big Planet is the impact it would have on the game's player community, which has used the game's tools to create a wealth of user-generated content. In April 2009, Sony said that the game's player community had reached 2 million members, in the process creating some 725,000 levels for the game. In February, the publisher announced that those user-generated levels had swelled to 2 million.

[UPDATE] Sony has now officially announced Little Big Planet 2 as launching in "winter 2010," a release window which usually extends from December to March. A brand-new trailer (viewable below) shows that Little Big Planet 2 players will be able to link various levels to create lengthy games and create intelligent non-player characters. As outlined in GameSpot's brand-new hands-on preview, this latter feat will be achieved via in-game "microchips" which will let players program object and NPC behavior.

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242 comments
CrystalEdgen
CrystalEdgen

to those who think why it isnt DLC, it's a 50 GB disc, would you really download 50 GB of DLC (and save it on your PS3 too) when you can get a disc ? lol it's elementary. I just wanna punch those who didnt like the first in the face, but sadly, that would mean punching my computer. (sigh, this is what difference of opinion feels like)

mosamania
mosamania

okay this is a must buy.... O.O

melty3219
melty3219

Not buying, you get sick and tired of the game within 2 - 3 hours. LBP has very little lasting appeal yet they brag that the game has infinite amount of content.

almossbb
almossbb

i havent played little big planet yet so i dont know how the game is...

CassadyH
CassadyH

personally i would have liked to see media molecule do something completely new. But little big planet was a lot of fun so i suppose it deserves a good follow up first

jeebzski
jeebzski

would be so cool if it was 3d or mabe 2.5 d lol :P but yeash so lookin forward to lbp 2 lets hope its a good sequel :P

pc-ps360
pc-ps360

didnt like lbp 1 i hav the game of the year edition and never really otuched it much. but lbp 2 im looking forward to it they leaked some info on it and it is exactly how i want it to be. now u can have proper enemies and create a game like super mario brothers on it. i cant wait to see what games people with create on lbp 2.

supdotcom
supdotcom

LittleBigPlanet was pretty revolutionary, lets hope the sequel will be just as good or more.

LEBRON2007
LEBRON2007

all your LBP 1 DLC will transfer too LBP 2. according to the gameinformer site

-Deimos-
-Deimos-

They better make a whole lot of new :P Because I've probably spent too much money on LBP1's DLC.

FusionRain
FusionRain

It's just a fun LittleBigAddition to your collection of games.

mike12431
mike12431

What would they make different in the second one?

dspidermanboy
dspidermanboy

I'll most likely buy this considering the fact that I can't get around to buying LBP, because I get to gamestop and either I see another PS3 game that looks better or a wii or 360 game that I've been wanting to play more.

Trogeton
Trogeton

this is one of the most unique side scrolling games I have ever played, and one of the best

jumper-man
jumper-man

If what I am reading about this game is true than I can't wait. Originally I hated the idea of a Lbp2 because of the possibility it would divide the community, but reading about some of these new tools and how it might be backwards compatible with Lbp1....I don't know. This is the only game that has left me speechless when i read about it. Also, from the screenshots I saw the game got some beautiful new graphics. Here's where I found the info... http://attackofthefanboy.com/news/littlebigplanet-2-%E2%80%93-gameinformer-images-and-info/

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i never played it so i hope its all in good fun bc the game seems hella enjoyable

jumpy46
jumpy46

I loved the first one, loved the PSP one, and I will love this one.

L30KinG
L30KinG

That wont happen anytime soon, MM is now a first party dev. for sony now.

luffy11234
luffy11234

what will make this so special is what they did with FF13 mid production: *shows trailer and puts the xbox symbol at the end* :/ watch it might happen

Hellcat-
Hellcat-

i just want them to fix the small delay when jumping that causes you to keep moving after you land causing you to fall from platforms

1penance1
1penance1

@burgeg there were three controls: move, jump, and grab. Its mainly about timing, its something to get used to. Anyways, this game better transfer the levels from lbp1

burgeg
burgeg

I personally didn't like the original, but I'm optimistic about this game. The awful platforming controls ruined the first for me, but if the controls are truly customizable in ways I'd like then that fixes that issue. Every little feature of lbp2 mentioned so far sounds awesome.

mysterybrawlerm
mysterybrawlerm

Little big planet is and was a really popular game. Little big planet 2 should have more gameplay options and have a blast with the motion. Little big planet 2 is ganna be a big Hit!!!

cytheh
cytheh

probably little big planet 2 will focus on some play with the playstation move controller. I mean, the gameplay will be so different that a Download content will not be enough to make it.

noahmorrow07
noahmorrow07

i personaly am agianst lbp2 i think more add on content is the best way to go i dont wanna pay another 50$ for a game that has a couple new feutures and a risk of low ratings because of it

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@Keiner If you don't like it don't buy it. Simple as that. Besides, a lot of stuff has been improved in LBP2 according to This site That couldn't be done with DLCs. I hear what you're saying, I thought of the same exact thing before. Making LBP2 would kill the community of LBP1's, but then again.. LBP2 contains the LBP1 levels as well as carries over the DLCs et cetera.

Nathan_R_Rork
Nathan_R_Rork

Yep, it don't take long for money to strip people of all their integrity.

Keiner
Keiner

I really don't think Little Big Planet needs a sequel. Its not really a game as it is a build your own adventure game. So they should be more inclined to just have DLC, but where's the money in that huh..

Johny_47
Johny_47

I think they should keep the communities together for sharing but in Little Big Planet 2 it should just be 'PS Move ready' =) I'm looking forward to seeing more of these two working together(Move and LBP2) at maybe E3 in July.

xxsuperbananaxx
xxsuperbananaxx

The Game Informer magazine preview says that LBP2 shares the same community as LBP1 (not in those exact words but it says the already existing 2 million user created levels will be available to players of LBP2) and it says that all DLC will transfer over.

flameducky
flameducky

Just read more info about it in Gameinformer...just wow. I NEED THIS GAME NOW!!!

djwood84
djwood84

If every single scrap of LBP User Generated Content maps over to LBP2, then this isn't the worst idea ever. If it doesn't, this is just wrong.

fkbwii
fkbwii

More customizable everything is always good

fester420
fester420

A lot of you really need to read the article in gameinformer before commenting. The refinements they are making are way too large for dlc, and yes everything you bought for LBP 1 will carry over to LBP2.

kanstruku
kanstruku

I hope they fix the psp version bugs before they start a new game

calvinsora
calvinsora

I wouldn't want the series to go into 3D (and seeing as they already have the engine, I doubt they will), that would only ruin the basic idea of LBP: simplicity in platforming. LBP1 (along with Braid and recent Mario titles) have shown that 2D is no worse than 3D, and I prefer the second dimension overall. There is room for improvement in other areas, though, and that's where the focus should be in the sequel.

Pajamasammi
Pajamasammi

I hope they somehow let our DLC transfer over, or something. One improvement I would love to see is the awful lag when playing online you get sometimes =(

Hizakii
Hizakii

well theres plenty more planets to get lost in now

NinjaMii
NinjaMii

im afraid to even ask how old monsoon is, anyways LBP is an awsome game and loved everything about it and im looking foward 2 the sequel I dont own a PS3 by the way i have 2 play at friends houses8(

Respawn-d
Respawn-d

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lbptoady
lbptoady

Hopefully this one is better than the first, although the first is amazing. Maybe they could put in the ice hazard they left out and put water in right away. All the DLC from the first one should already be in it. They could also make it so you could create your own holdable objects (like the paintinator) and you choose what they do (like shoot or stab or something). I'm hoping it is not 3D and I doubt they will do that. They already have the engine for a 2D one. I think 3D would make create much more difficult.

M3ran
M3ran

it would be cool to see that sack boy again ,what new features are they gonna bring along?

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

PS3gamer890: i hear what youre trying to say but in the end...how can they make all these marios when in the end theyre basically the same thing? because theyre still good stuff and Marios come with other different stuff other than just being 2D platforming....i mean c mon i said it in my last post the possibilities are endless...i mean sure if its the same thing other than improvements of the game as a whole then that sucks a little and isnt worth getting if you have the first one though

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

i definitely agree with R3NeGaDeAnGeL. if they can find a way to make this so much better than the first one than im down but if .it is a lot like the first in every way than theres really no point..something new has to be brought up for the whole create play share thing going on i mean possibly they could do the 3D platforming and stuff like that that would be awesome and sort of copy off the ModNation Racers way of doing it in ways but not entirely the same....lots to think oof the possibilities are endless...but im sure they wouldnt do tthis unless they had something good up their sleeves Media Molecule is with Sony for a reason