LittleBigPlanet 'pushing toward' alpha

After a long silence, British developer Media Molecule says work on its adorable DIY PS3 casual game is proceeding in advance of its anticipated fall release.

LittleBigPlanet is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, and it is being developed by UK-based Media Molecule, makers of cult favorite Rag Doll Kung Fu. The quirky platformer will be coming exclusively to the PlayStation 3, and is currently slated to be out this autumn, with the general consensus being that the due date will be in "September."

Media Molecule seems to be on target for hitting this deadline, given that this week a new post appeared on its Web site to tell the world that "We're still alive!" and that LittleBigPlanet is nearing the alpha stage, which tallies with what the Cambridge-based developer said at a recent UK preview event.

"Sorry for the lack of updates, but we've been having a hectic time here at Mm Towers," said "Jim," a staffer at the studio. "Having finally sobered up after the Surrey Business Awards, we've been slaving away pushing LittleBigPlanet toward the Alpha stage of its development cycle. Basically this means all the cool stuff we said will be in there should be playable, even if it isn't pretty enough to release. The game seems to change every day at the moment and it is very exciting to be able to sit down and play what feels more and more like a complete experience."

He added that at the moment, things were "stressful" and that the team were maintaining personal projects to stay sane, including drawing, writing music...and making other games.

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66 comments
Ravage27
Ravage27

lol, well said men-o-war :) can't wait for this one

djkearse36
djkearse36

i hope sony doesnt delay this like home

men-o-war
men-o-war

U knew the x-box fanboys would have something negative 2 say didn't u. How sad. Possibly because they have nothing original 2 play. X-box is ok if u want 2 be a generic space marine but not much else!

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

A demo would be nice, Sony could learn a lot off of Xbox Live, its a much better service and well worth £27.99 a year (off Ebay)

kalkhaja
kalkhaja

The developers can take as long as they want, as long as it makes LittleBigPlanet as good as possible...just have to be patient and appreciate the work that the studios do

anzelm
anzelm

I'd like a playable demo for e3. That would be cool.

KHLS97
KHLS97

Pretty good, although September seems far away! Hopefully this will coincide with the release of PS Home.....

Chocograph
Chocograph

since GTA comes out pretty soon i'm going to have to say i'm satisfied!

TTDog
TTDog

I've lost interest in this, when we first saw it almost a year ago it would have made me buy a PS3... but not to be released for another 18 months... thats just taking the piss. With all the delays you start to realise that its not going to be the system seller it would have been last summer... Sony really missed the boat on this one.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

I really cant see the point of this game, but I'm sure I'll most probably buy it just so I can actually find out for myself what its all about

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

Somini it depends how good your imaginations is, if its rubbish, it wont appeal to you. but personally i think that the game will be great.

BZSIN
BZSIN

I want LBP sooooo bad. My most anticipated game this year.

Somini
Somini

Am I the only one who thinks that LBP looks boring? All right, I think that it might be an OK game (maybe for a PSN-game, for 10$ at the most), but there's games for the PS3 that are far more promising, IMO.

ninjasam
ninjasam

Hopefully the unavoidable delay isn't going to push it farther then the holiday season.

MusashiSensi
MusashiSensi

Well, this was expected from my view anyways. As long as we get it this year I don't see the problem.

craigymail
craigymail

With every great game comes great delays. Why can't it just be straight forward!?

ScottEFresh
ScottEFresh

What delays? Has this game ever even had a solid release date at all? What the hell are you talking about? If you want to play betas then game on your PC.

Relys
Relys

Do I not have a right to be mad at delays? I'm sick and tired of them. I want a open beta of something or other for my PS3.

02sfraser
02sfraser

LittleBigPlant is going to be awesome :)

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

this game looks so legend. cant wait. the only q i have is how big can the levels you make be??? like 50mb... 25mb????

re4leonkennedy
re4leonkennedy

Looks intriguing. Should be another great game for the PS3.

icym
icym

Little Big Planet and Blu-ray winning out, might be just the push that gets me to buy a PS3... well, add in price drop too ;)

LittleYoshi
LittleYoshi

MUST BUY GAME FOR THE PS3.......I'm so glad that I own one! :)

Relys
Relys

Come back when there's news of an open beta. Until then I'm completely ignoring this game. :(

Legir
Legir

@ashtonmas: I think he just means during the Alpha stage it'll be in there, but it wont look good at first.

ashtonmas
ashtonmas

"all the cool stuff we said will be in there should be playable, even if it isn't pretty enough to release. " i dont really like that statement

azn_invazion
azn_invazion

this game is gonna be sick. its gonna be my first nonshooting game lol

Grantelicious
Grantelicious

They need to release it when it's ready because theres sooo much expectation even a 9.0 will make all the forum fanbois cry the score is tooo low lol.

MaximusDM
MaximusDM

I'll believe it when I see it. This game was supposed to have heavy Home integration. And since Home looks like it will come out about the time Duke Nukem Forever comes out I don't see this Fall release as likely as they want you to think it is. This is just a hoax to try to make Xbox 360 users jealous again and it isn't working because they have been trying this for over a year and have yet to deliver anything but what? Heavenly Sword? The only thing I had to look forward to this month for the PS3 was another junky Ubisoft Xbox 360 port named Rainbow Six Vegas 2. Sony, get on the ball and start backing up what you say instead of building up false hope.

aBathingApe_
aBathingApe_

This will definitely drop at some point in 09. Looks good.

steven141
steven141

venom, it says its exclusive in the second sentence ;). I cant wait for this game, it looks like a fun game to play.

ski11buzz
ski11buzz

gee its only just hit alpha? how could they have thought it would have hit summer a couple months back? im just glad that its still on target for a fall release. the game will be just so awesome

thk123
thk123

This is the real console shifter for the PS3 IMO, not MGS

OMGitsZAL
OMGitsZAL

JamesH26, I have two questions for you. Will you be jacking off Sackgirls and Can I join you?

membernametaken
membernametaken

I love this game! It's goin' be great! www.littlebigfan.com

ghost867
ghost867

Can't wait. I just need a beta for this, Home, and Metal Gear Online, along with GT5 Prologue, MGS4, and Haze and I'm beyond set until the holidays.

peon_frenzy
peon_frenzy

"Pardon my ignorance but what is what does it mean for a game to be in the alpha stage? Is it playable in real-time but in a noticeably unfinished state? Farther in the process of development compared to beta? Thank you." Alpha comes before beta. and there can be a few stages of alpha, then on to beta which can also have a few stages.

Leon_
Leon_

Woohoo! I can't wait!

oddjob914
oddjob914

Pardon my ignorance but what is what does it mean for a game to be in the alpha stage? Is it playable in real-time but in a noticeably unfinished state? Farther in the process of development compared to beta? Thank you.

Stabby
Stabby

hovanPS3 - "Another BIG hit for the PS3..." Sarcasum?

feryl06
feryl06

Coming in early 09'. Ready by fall, can't imagine it would be.

Shigroth
Shigroth

They can take all the time they need. I am willing to wait for great things.

hovanPS3
hovanPS3

Another BIG hit for the PS3...