Little Big Planet 2 due winter 2010, original sells 3 million

Sony officially announces sequel to adorable platformer will allow creation of games in multiple genres, programmable NPC AI; first trailer inside.

Following Friday's unofficial confirmation of Little Big Planet 2, Sony today made the game's existence officially official. This morning, the PlayStation Blog took the wraps off the sequel, which first surfaced in April via a loose-lipped musician's Twitter post. That outing came five months after a level designer at the game's developer, Media Molecule, shot down sequel talk, saying a retail follow-up would be "counterproductive" to the game's massive community.

Programmable "microchips" will make NPCs in LBP2 have intelligent behavior.

Today, Sony made much of the achievements of said community--which has created over 2 million levels for Little Big Planet--when it formally announced Little Big Planet 2. Once again developed by Media Molecule, which Sony bought outright in March, the game will introduce an upgraded toolset for level creation. It will ship exclusively for the PlayStation 3 in "winter 2010," a release window that traditionally runs from December to March.

According to Sony, the sequel will one-up its predecessor by letting players create not just game levels, but also games themselves. The company said this will include "top-down racing games, multiplayer shooters, flying side-scrollers," as well as role-playing games.

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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sparke29
sparke29

I find LB1 a poor platform game with very approximate controls. I played max two hours and never looked back. Kids love it but when you're 30 you expectations are higher.

Wisely321
Wisely321

Everyone with little big planet is a TRUE gamer!!

mmxz12
mmxz12

what a great game it is

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

this seems so AWESOME!! definite MUST buy game! ^_^

hackalakala
hackalakala

I want it i luved the first one but this one looks 10times better and the first one was so good :o:o

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

This sounds like it's going to be sweet, the first one i thought was amazingly creative, in it's ability to let you create. to alot of the commentors: CAPS LOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR AWESOME

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

I am pretty interested in LBP2. The first one was pretty chill.

TruXael
TruXael

I want to know the source that states that this game got over 3mil sales!

salty500
salty500

this is gonna be huge :D

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

It's quite soon for MM to release LBP2. But seeing the trailer and I can't complain. It's just plain awesome. Did I just see 7-8 sackboys at once? :P

snarl2
snarl2

@Lost_M- Regular how? Explain in details! I wanna know all about it!

tremor33
tremor33

Awesome! Day 1 purchase for me!

xYamatox
xYamatox

LittleBigPlanet is a masterpiece. I really hope the title lives on in gamer's memories forever, and with this sequel, it looks like that just may happen.

Grand242154
Grand242154

I thought the first one was great. Can't wait.

hamedinho
hamedinho

i thought what can they improve on in LBP2?.... *after a while clueless... so thought they wouldnt make it but OMG they are going for it and looks much better!

Lost_M
Lost_M

@Rudorlf: Did you think I didn't know you could make stages? I did, and if it didn't have that level maker, it would be a simple regular platformer nobody would like. ;)

kratos-lll
kratos-lll

Can't Wait....i hope killzone 3 and resistance 3 also come out this year (Y)

freema
freema

@ XboxN64 : "And dont be a nerd and say that i dont have a ps3 i do and 360 is better. so i dont understand why gamestop removed my post when i came to an intelligent response" Bummer. Maybe they removed your response because it had too much intelligence? Like gamespot mods must be such nerds if they don't see how ps3 sucks, right? Especially when there are exclusive games like LBP for it. Ya ps3 just sucks so much compared to the pure awesomeness that is the xbox with its amazingly wide selection of creative games.

Lost_M
Lost_M

Everyone who thumbed me down is just sad that I am right! LBP is just a regular platformer!!

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

This is looking great. I'm really looking forward to this.

cameio
cameio

OH MY GOD!!! what r these guys they'r crazy!!! i can't wait i want it NOW it just looks like the best game EVER (*_*)"

sartnd
sartnd

@melty3219 You are right, PS3 don't have RRoD like xbox 360. I want to play RRoD on my PS3... Is RRoD a shooter game? 360 Rocks!!!

unkipower
unkipower

Jeez so many creation tools! It's looks over whelming to me. Still excited for the game.

koolkat14
koolkat14

You know, with all those stuff you can do, I think it's better if they release until 2011 Summer. Or it might ended up something like Sonic The Hedgehog 2006. Then again, Media Molecule can do some incredible things. :)

ps3freek
ps3freek

SONY IS THE BEST NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.....

snake3107
snake3107

AWESOME SOUNDTRACK!!! love it!!

Khoo1992
Khoo1992

I can't wait!!! Seeing how many stuff we can play and create, unbelievable

Decepticon_11
Decepticon_11

I didn't think LBP2 would be possible because the first LBP was INCREDIBLE and I thought thats the most Media Molecule can do but I've been proven wrong. YOU RULE MEDIA MOLECULE!!!

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

One poster mentioned how bad the controls were. That's the only thing I didn't like about the controls. They were so friggin floaty. Made it really hard sometimes, but it was a wonderful game nonetheless. Can't wait for the sequel.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

THIS IS AWESOME!!! Sack Strife vs. Sackeroth in the ultimate Final Fantasy Burlap Edition showdown!!!

Beetroot502
Beetroot502

they said not too long ago if i recall there wasn't going to be a sequel... oh well. :D cry about it if you think its a money making scheme, because it probably is. the fact that you can play all of the LBP1 levels kind of eases the pain though.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

@ XboxN64 Gamestop removed you're post? that sucks.

shooters125
shooters125

@ Eazy1891 If you want avoid a flame war or getting involved in one my friend remember this: If people have to argue about it then neither are truly better.

remf18
remf18

That song is SOOOOOOO catchy! I love LBP to death, but the original stage creator has some serious hiccups. Building a stage is a lot more like taking up a second job as a code monkey. It can be brutal. What's more frustrating is the limitations you find yoursefl under, especially when you want to do the simplest things and have to jump through a million hurdles to make something work and it still isn't the simple thing you wanted. This game looks to fix a great deal of those problems. I've been wanting to make a side scrolling gradius type shooter and walking robots that don't need 20 levers and gears and don't behave oddly. I can't wait for this sequel.

Hellcat-
Hellcat-

i dont understand the release date, winter 2010? is next year?

donmega1
donmega1

looks allot better than the first one.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Already looking forward to it

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

XboxN64: just a simple question i just want to know because imo PS3s better and i dont have a 360 for that reason i dont see the reason of owning one(yet just because i dont own one doesnt mean i dont know a lot about it) im just saying whats better because i see not that much that shoots out at me other than XGC and in game music...yet i will admit it is easier to set up with certain settings and all though and it kind of looks "prettier" in a way...but thats about it

XboxN64
XboxN64

@ kavadias1981 i actually own a ps3 and i prefer xbox cause its better. And dont be a nerd and say that i dont have a ps3 i do and 360 is better. so i dont understand why gamestop removed my post when i came to an intelligent response

MasteRich
MasteRich

So yeah, in case you are wondering, in the Blog it is confirmed that ALL LEVELS ARE BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE; ALL LEVELS FROM THE FIRST GAME CAN BE PLAYED IN LBP 2.

akiwak
akiwak

The awesome part about the LBP games is that DLC content can be created by other people meaning it could be never ending. As long as people have a sense of imagination the games can be self sustaining without additional DLC from the devs. As soon as I am able to pre-order I'm gonna put my order through!!!

toddx77
toddx77

Is song going to be in the game? I hope so.

macrem
macrem

This is too good to be true. Someone wake me up from this dream please. :]

mf1986
mf1986

i always felt that sack boy was toooo light when jumping. but every thing else was so fun in LBP.

calvinsora
calvinsora

Talk about a dedication to change :o MM knows its stuff, and in terms of innovation, community and pure charm, it's hard to beat LBP. They're really going the extra mile here, I'm just utterly shocked at how they've managed to add to the already amazing formula. Go MM, and achieve the impossible as you always have!

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Wow, I might have to buy a PS3 just for this game!

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

this one looks so crazy! lol i play lbp now and then with my nephew but not really alone, this one looks like i might spend some time playing it by myself though with those neat lil mini games and racing it will have :P