Musician confirms Little Big Planet 2?

Pulled Twitter update by composer claims "Infotain Me" licensed by Sony for use in new installment of Media Molecules acclaimed platformer.

Source: Musician Christopher Leary, in a Twitter update captured by Shacknews before being deleted.

What we heard: Media Molecule seemed to be adamantly opposed to a creating a sequel to its customization-heavy PlayStation 3 platformer Little Big Planet in November. Responding to a job listing that indicated a sequel could be on the way, level designer Danny Leaver said that the studio would "never want to" create a Little Big Planet 2. "That'd be the most counterproductive thing you could do, I think," he said.

Well, if a Twitter update by composer Christopher Leary is to be believed, it would appear as if Leaver's opinion has been overruled. Over the weekend, Leary tweeted: "Pleased to announce the licensing of 'Infotain Me' to Sony for Little Big Planet 2 on PS3." Shacknews managed to capture an image of the Twitter update before it was pulled from the social-networking site.

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According to Leary's Web site, the Newcastle, England-based musician has contributed tunes to a handful of games in recent years, such as independent projects Whizzle and Euclidean Crisis. He has also released two full-length albums, with a third due later this year.

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.

However, it should be noted that musicians and other outside talent have a notoriously spotty track record when it comes to properly naming the projects their work will appear in. Most recently, Jimi Hendrix's estate holder trumpeted the fact that the legendary guitarist's music would be turned into "a new edition of Rock Band." But, unlike the upcoming Rock Band: Green Day, said "new edition" turned out to be downloadable content for the existing Rock Band platform.

The official story: Neither Leary not Sony had responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus…for now. Despite the clear hit potential of a second installment in the Little Big Planet franchise, Media Molecule has expressed strong opposition to creating a follow-up from fear of fracturing the game's player community. However, were the studio able to finagle a way in which the work of Little Big Planet's 2 million-strong community could be made forward compatible with a new game…

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161 comments
-Deimos-
-Deimos-

I sure hope my DLC and Sackboy can carry over into LBP2..

koolkat14
koolkat14

If they make LBP 2, I hope they fix the lag online. but if they can't because for a very good reason, then that's fine by me

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

Now if only they came out with a Darth Vader sackboy....

scotwolf
scotwolf

freema thanks spot on,i'm a gamer first and appreciate good games.we need competition i have been playing games 35+ years and remember the fan boy arguments (not online back then but school/college etc) in regards nes/master system megadrive/snes without competition we would get whatever the console/game maker deemed worthy at least we all have a choice ps3 360 Wii

freema
freema

scotwolf wrote: "i enjoy good video games and don't want involved in stupid fan boy arguments, could you imagine the quality of games we would get if no competition existed between microsoft/sony/nintendo." That's exactly the reason why I think the current console "war" is just great. Intensifying competion = increasing quality of exclusive games. As long as I ignore the more immature/vocal "fanboys" on both sides, I can bask in the knowledge that the competition between ps3 and xbox is only starting to heat up and there are some great exclusive titles coming to both systems this year and in the next. There has never been a better time to be a gamer :D .

scotwolf
scotwolf

firstly i am a 360 owner, but i am also lucky enough to own a ps3 which i play little big planet, resistance,uncharted etc on. i love little big planet its a superb near perfect game, how can you make a sequel. some more levels would be nice but there is so much you can do and download anyway. i enjoy good video games and don't want involved in stupid fan boy arguments, could you imagine the quality of games we would get if no competition existed between microsoft/sony/nintendo.

MexStraxg3r
MexStraxg3r

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p0p0d0m
p0p0d0m

i think they should not bring a new game out straight away and instead have a massive DLC with alot of new levels and stuff like that.

kamizuka
kamizuka

cool just confirmed buying the first one even be4 i heard about this news

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Personally I dont see the point of a sequel. Every time I play it I am trying out new levels. Some crap, some fantastic. So why buy a new game?

Malhound
Malhound

Well, if the demo got Homebrew Exploits, Sony's First Custom Frmware is out!

railroberto2007
railroberto2007

seriously guys the new content arguement is old. i want mm made lvls not stickers and costums

railroberto2007
railroberto2007

i would like a new campaign with a whole new set of trophys with a platinum to get not just a lvl pack once a year with 4 or 5 lvls

ErrolJames
ErrolJames

Hope this is true. Game of the Year Edition just didn't cut it...

thebrickster007
thebrickster007

Meh. I would prefer an update to the original. Something similar to ODST, some new campaign and such, but as an add-on or free update.

aGiantSquirrel
aGiantSquirrel

I will support it if they can find a way to link the LBP1 community with the second LBP. That is, have the new LBP be capable of playing alreading made maps, and still play online with LBP1 friends. The LBP 2 could just be a BIG expansion that requires a disc because its too big for people to download on PSN.

1penance1
1penance1

Watch it be dlc titled little big planet 2.

remf18
remf18

LBP1 is broken. It was never the game it was meant to be, and a sequel is a must. Ignoring the useless stickers and out of control DLC, LBP has problems that can't be fixed without a sequel. Sack person customization options tops the list. Sims 3 and Saints Row 2 got it right. Let me choose my sack person’s material, accessories (eyes, nose, teeth), and clothes (shoes, shirt, pants, underclothing, gloves, hats). Then let me fully paint everything to my liking. Right now, all I have are clashing clothing options and dozens of shades of brown with most fabric types in only 1 color. DLC clothing is part of the clothing or is fused together, like gloves and boots fused into a one piece costume so you can't do anything with it. The stage creator is unusable. Building with it feels like taking on a second job as a code tester. The tools are poorly organized, and every action you take runs the risk of causing each previous action to self destruct, disconnect, or glue onto something it shouldn’t. You spend so much time fixing simple things, that you will never try anythign complex and often give up on simple ideas. Players are dropped into corner of a set sized box. If you don't plan on starting your stage in a corner, you're SOL. Why couldn’t the stage stretch from my start point to fit my creations? This thing is so broken, only a sequel could fix it. LBP2 has to happen, and if it is at the expense of LBP1 support, so be it.

tyco_ex
tyco_ex

I bet it's an entirely new platformer made by the same studio.

melty3219
melty3219

LBP sucks, you get sick of the gameplay within 2-3 hours and they brag about how you can get an endless amount of content online but its to bad nobody can play it becuase they will either be sick of the gameplay or running back to the store to trade it in.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

LBP was a great game. LBP for the PSP was a great game. I just want them to overhaul LBP:2 visually since the PS3 can handle it.

The-Techspert
The-Techspert

wow, it's rare to see a studio care more about its player community than its profits...cough cough left for dead cough cough

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

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randomrings
randomrings

how do you not know what game you've signed a contract for (referring to the part of the article about Jimi Hendrix's estate)? I wouldn't be surprised if that is the case. Same thing with Gene Simmons and "Guitar Hero 6"

xYamatox
xYamatox

Didn't you guys know Little Big Planet 2 was already released? You can find in under DLC on the PSN store.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

In my opinion, I think the original LittleBigPlanet is good enough for me. If Sony wants to develop a sequel, then I suggest they do so for the next Playstation console. As of now, just leave LBP at ease. :)

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

I don't really see any need for a sequel - most new content can simply be updated/downloaded into the current game without too much hassle. The only good reasons they'd have for doing a sequel is for a new single player story (which isn't much of one) or a big revamp of the level creation system (probably heading further in the direction of a 'game-maker' style creator).

HBC14
HBC14

Guys WTF? Sony said they wouldn't make a sequel from LBP thnks to the created lvls. Now what?

tremor33
tremor33

@Yuck_Too according to Wikipedia: "As of March 2010, the game has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide"

DamageIncM
DamageIncM

Maybe the musician(s) are slated to be back for new content. And people might confuse it with a "part 2" of the game.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

@Foxhound_spy Last I head LBP has NOT gone double plat and broken 2 million. Regardless...you mean to tell me one of Sony's "BEST Exclusives"according to them, being bought be less than 10% of their user base is a good thing?! LBP was a disappointment to Sony after all the hype...so LBP2 will come to a larger and newer audience.

Foxhound_spy
Foxhound_spy

@ Yuck_Too What do you mean by less than 2 million copies ? LBP sold more than 2.5 million copies ........... Stop thinking that PS3 games don`t sell ...........

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

The sad thing here is...LBP has sold less then 2 million copies and is "one of their best exclusives" with an install base around 30 million. No wonder they want to revamp and resell LBP2

Skargamer
Skargamer

@Berem Exactly! well i didn't buy i PS3 cuz i have an xbox, but anyway, this is just not fair!

Darth_Pietrus
Darth_Pietrus

@daabulls23 Water is in the pirates of the carribean dlc. download it for 6.99. (or something like that)

Berem
Berem

@Toysoldier34, They are not taking advantage of gamers by making a cash cow game. Gamers who support the idea by paying for the game are spending their own money however they like. Didn't CoD4:MW2 make hundreds of millions within a week? All by choice. You don't like it? The only way they will hear you is if we all speak our opinions with our wallets. Obviously, the opinion of the public is that they will keep buying CoD Games regardless.

Berem
Berem

@Skargamer, I pondered the same question for awhile. I purchased a PS3 yesterday for those 2 games.

master_06
master_06

they should stick with lbp1... i bet the second is juz more of the same with a couple of twists and yes the worst part, you have to pay full price for it! MORE DLC! LEAVE 2ND TO PS4!

Joker_268
Joker_268

This years E3 should be good :D

NoelXYeul
NoelXYeul

Uh-oh...someone's getting his pay docked a little...

ali-009
ali-009

I agree with Media Molecule, creating a second installment will ruin the huge multiplayer of Little Big Planet because some people will move on to the sequel while others keep on playing the orignal Little Big Planet, Sony should never do such a risky move because Little Big Planet is not just an exclusive to PS3 but it's an important part of PSN, just create more DLC and leave Little Big Planet 2 for PS4.

Skargamer
Skargamer

why do all the creative games come out on ps3? like little big planet and mod nation racers? there may be a couple of xbox creative games but none of them are like these games!

ps3freek
ps3freek

ITS ALL COMING OUT ON E3

bones3417
bones3417

Little Big planet 2 should happen. Yeah yeah they could just use DLC for LBP1 but still with a true sequel they can add waaayyyy more stuff that dlc just couldn't handle. I think they should go for it.

Wakasenshi
Wakasenshi

Just bring out more DLC for LBP1 and leave LPB2 for the PS4.