Media Molecule's PS3 exclusive has gone gold; early inhabitants to get free in-game SackBoy apparel.
It took a lot more than seven days for Media Molecule to create LittleBigPlanet, but the upstart studio's divine work is finally done. Sony today confirmed that the PlayStation 3 exclusive has gone gold and will launch in North and Latin America on October 21. Europe, Australia, and New Zealand will get the game the next day, with the UK and Ireland having to wait until October 24.
While the basic game can be described as a platformer, LittleBigPlanet's in-game creation tools are versatile enough that direct genre comparisons are unhelpful. In July, Sony used the game to produce a lively financial presentation for its E3 Media & Business Summit press conference.
Last month, Sony announced a handful of giveaways to encourage preorders, and today the publisher expanded that with rewards for early adopters of the game. During LittleBigPlanet's first week on sale, players will be able to download a pair of apparel options for the game's SackBoy mascots. An astronaut suit will commemorate the game's "launch" with head-to-toe protection from the LittleBigPlanet atmosphere, while heartier SackSouls will be able to brave the elements with just an "I was there Week One" T-shirt.
While Media Molecule is a new outfit, its founders have a history of working on ambitious or innovative games. They first struck out on their own with the procedurally animated Rag Doll Kung Fu, and before that worked for Peter Molyneux's notoriously ambitious Lionhead Studios.
For more on LittleBigPlanet, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.
With week-one exclusives I'm going to be very upset with Amazon if they don't manage to get my two-month old pre-order to me within that week.
Nothing is wrong with the Wii, it may just not be for people that have been gaming for a while. The Wii is a simple design with different control schemes and less buttons. In turn it gets people who have never gamed before into gaming. I asked my family members to get into gaming with me but they take a look at the control and back off. The Wii on the other hand has made them say "hey I can do that". Back to LBP. I always wanted to make a game and be part dev team to build a game but now with LBP "hey I can do that" :)
@ tiamat555. I still think that the PS3 is the best choice for most gamers, but I still disagree with your Wii assessment. Nintendo might not win any awards for inventive plotlines with their major characters but I think they still manage to mix up the gameplay enough to keep these series fresh. You mention earlier, why would you wave about the Wii-Mote when pressing a button does the same thing? I'd answer, because that's the point. Sure you can watch 3d movies without 3d glasses, but why would you? Same gos with the use of the Wii-Mote. There's a lot of crap out there on the Wii, but there are a number of gems as well. Mario Galaxy made excellent use of the motion sensing. Resident Evil 4 with the Wii-Mote seemed like Capcom made the game with the Wii-Mote in mind and was well worth another playthru just to experience it with the motion control. Personally, I haven't touched my Wii since I finished Zak & Wiki, but I certainly don't think anythings wrong with the console overall. I just prefer the PS3.
darkride66 believe what you want. As usual you misunderstand. I loved Nintendo. They made great games. I still play Mario Brothers 3 to this day. But Nintendo is slipping. Like I said I don't care if half the world buys the WII. Just because the WII is a new idea don't mean that it is a good or innovative idea. Look at a good example Th new Mario baseball game. It is supposed to be better and improved right? Instead it got a lower score than its predecessor. Okami was the exact same game and controlled worse than the one for the PS2. And all the games transferred to the WII play worse and look worse than even the PS2 version or PS1 version and the PS2 and PS1 is older than it.Even the mini-games are boring and are nothing but time wasters until they can make you buy more of them.Even Metriod is getting old. They don't reinvent the character, give them a personality or go deeper into what they really are about. Its still "kill the Metriods Samus, save the princess Mario and Link destroy Ganon. I mean did anyone really think that the last boss of Twilight Princess was anyone but Ganon? I dropped Nintendo for Sony because they were playing the fool and still are. The Wii-mote hasn't changed who they are and it is not my fault they managed to con the next generation with a gimmick. Where are the new characters? Where is the new game play? Where are the ground breaking games that shape the industry? Where are the advancements? Everyone is thinking of new ways to play while Nintendo sits on its @$$ praying that Mario and the gang never get old. But they are getting old and tired and people are starting to realize that.I don't hate Nintendo any more than I hate Microsoft but I hate what they have become. They sell so many console but they never use all that money to sharpen up game play or improve graphics or anything. The games still sputter and stutter or look like an old PS1 game(e.g. No More Heroes and Dead is Rising). It just saddens me to see that they have become nothing more than lazy, gimmicky, mindless hacks. PS3 and LBP all the way.
@ tiamat555. Wow. The PS3 is my console of choice but still, Wow. I can't remember the last time I've read anything quite so shortsighted and ...well just wrong. The Wii might not be for everyone but you're so far off on that. I'll admit, Nintendo is fond of going to it's well of known characters but they reinvent these games. Just look at how different Mario Galaxy is from Mario 64, or Mario Sunshine. Or how different Zelda Wind Waker was from Twilight. You do realize that the gaming world has voted against you, they think the Wii's fantastic, and for all it's faults they aren't wrong. It's a unique and innovative product and they deserve their success.
There are too many great games coming this fall for me to care about this one. Maybe next summer when I have no more new games to play I'll give this one a spin. It looks way to fluffy for me.
i dont think their doing a lbp 2. Since i hear their are going to be a BUNCH of add-ons. I hope media molocule makes more games if this is good (which it will be)
I'm already looking forward to the LBP2, hehehe! It's like all those good times with Crash Bandicoot on PS1 are coming back. Or the NES classic platform games reinvented on the new technology level. Actually, i hope with the built-in editor anyone can even rebuild the 1st Super Mario on your PS3. Or Megaman. Just can't wait!
Nintendo, Sega, and Sony have been in the video game business longer then Microsoft and actually know how to make a console that won't red ring on you. The first Xbox is a good design. However the Xbox 360 is a terrible console design. In my opinion Either Nintendo or Sony will win this console generation. Even Sega if they release a new console for this gen and suprise us all could win the console war this gen. Nintendo, Sega, and Sony have been in it longer then Microsoft and all 3 Companies have Handhels or Portables except for Microsoft. I'm sorry Microsoft but your Exclusives and big amounts of games to choose from won't cut it due to your Console red ringing on everyone Including me for the 3rd time. PS. I don't have a PS3 I do have a Sega Dreamcast, PS2 and a Xbox 360 of course and Sega Game Gear. I do want a PS3 though. My Launch Sega Dreamcast has never given me the Triangle orange ring of death. While my Launch core Xbox 360 has given me 3 red rings of death I'm on my 3rd Xbox 360. God **** Microsoft.
--tiamat555-- LOL! So really your complaint about Nintendo comes down to this... They no longer make the games you enjoyed as a kid but instead have found more success making games for the next generation of kids. A few more generations spent in the gaming industry and you'll have my perspective on things.
Agreed tiamat555. I used to be a big fan of nintendo. Than wii came along and ruined it all for me. I used to think they were inovative. Now they're just lazy. Miyamoto himself even said that wii music is a toy and not a game. I do think though that the last mario game was a good one. The DS seems to have a lot of great games, but the wii, where it counts, just doesn't. Now I'm a big fan of sony. LBP is looking more and more to be a truly inovative game, because we can create something awesome and inovative ourselves. Nintendo's never offered anything like that. On top of that, who would have thought of merging card battle games with video games like sony has. Seems to me that sony's the inovative one. Not nintendon't.
Yuck_Too WII is not a silly little toy for causal gamers. It is Nintendo getting as much money as possible by doing as little work as possible.These games that Nintendo are cranking out are examples of laziness and greed. Once Nintendo made great games, imaginative games with great characters. What new characters have they made since they released the WII? Elebits? Da Blob? and who do they think they are fooling with Mad World? Is that blood and Gore fest supposed to prove that they are hardcore? I loved Nintendo but I am sad at what they have become. Everyone makes excuses for the system and praises them for mediocrity. They don't even try any more. The last Mario DS game was a snore. What was up with the Giant mushrooom that destroyed everything and the small mushroom that only came it handy once or twice? And now Sony has come up with a brilliant game that they worked hard on and could revolutionize the way we play platformers and everyone is all gloom and doom waiting for it to fail .If LBP was on the WII I could bet you it would get all the support, forgiveness and excuses in the world. But Sony is now the video game pariah so lets all make ignorant comments instead
The game was a blast at PAX. I wasn't really looking forward to the game; but after playing, I am ready to get my hands on the final build.
Ugh I preordered it today without realizing that I wont be home for the entire week it is released :( Do you think I will be able to download these costumes if I go get it when I get home on the 27th?
This is such a highly anticipated game but to release it around Fable 2 and Fallout 3, that's too much gaming goodness at one time. Sorry LBP you'll have to wait for me to join the party. Even though I'm going to be late this is deffinitely I game I must have.
nintendoboy16 - I just find it odd that everyone is picking that week. Specially for titles that don't have the name, hype, or marketing to compete with the big titles.
Stop complaining about how long levels will take to make please, it isn't like your creating mods. The tools in this should make levels easy to create, even for the more complex ones. Coming up with good ideas in your head or on paper might take a bit of time though :P Looking forward to this game on release! =]
ricecake, u think u got the best opions, u think u got the sayings, Put those all in a ball and shub them up youres.
Wow Autolycus... you're brilliant aren't you? I wish there was a way to make posting age the same as voting age. there would be so many less dumb comments online.
WOoooo this game is actually British and has a British narrator ((Stephen fry)(hes awesome)) its gona be a good and very good graphic game
Spiteful49, yep, you are defeinitely not creative then. But you can still get more in this game because other poeple will be creating great levels for you, and you can download them for free. How's that not a good thing? The developers are paid to creat tools that enable people do do great things with it.
So how long is it going to take to make a good level? How many levels will be made that are not worth playing? Maybe I am not creative but I would rather spend hours playing a game then making a level for others to play. That's what developers get paid for.
after i get this... it'll be a while before i play anything else. this game never truly ends!!! even a year later you'll still find reasons to go back to it! the possibilities are endless.... although there is one downfall: imagine this game making 10 sales. everyone that bought it will make at least 2 levels! that's 20 levels in all. imagine this game making a MILLION sales with people making at least 2-5 levels! that's an infinite number of levels!!! where the hell are u gonna find the time to play them all? i'm not saying all levels are gonna be cool. coz probably everyone's first level will suck. although eventually, at least 25% of the levels will be kickass over time. so that's a huge ammount of levels! let's be realistic: 1000 people will buy this game for sure. and they'll create a crappy level first time, another one that's better, one with friends around, meanwhile time's going by coz they're playing other people's levels, then they'll create another level and so on... all this multiplied by a 1000 with 25% being good. that's 1000+ levels!! and we're still in the first 3 months probably.... I think it's a downfall, the fact that you won't be able to play all the levels. unless u can play at least 10 levels a day on your PS3...
I think it's funny how some people trash talk the Wii as being a silly toy for casual gamers...and yet those same people are talking like LBP is the best thing coming for the PS3. I play virtually every kind of game made, and I'll be getting this, but let?s be honest here, I just don't see the staying power of this title for anything more then a couple months.
I'm not particularly excited for this game (never have been) but maybe I'm just not being open minded enough. I agree that it's unique, but I don't know... Just not something that I would like (I think). I might rent this and see if it's worth it. Having said all that... this game will be HUGE and I think it will be a system seller. This, along with R2, Motorstorm 2, Killzone 2, Heavy Rain, etc. will be big sellers in the upcoming months. Great time to be a PS3 owner!
Well UK does like thinking of itself in a league of its own. If you want an example just look at the Euro.
It says Europe will get it the next day and UK 4 days after. Maybe Sony doesn?t know this but UK is part of Europe. Or maybe they just have really bad geography
Can't wait to see the Aussie pre-order bonuses. Oh yeah ... there better be Aussie pre-order bonuses! *Shakes fist at Media Molecule*
dam thats an expensive month oct. pro 2009 out far cry 2, out moter storm 2. out and.this. and next month i want mk v dc and res fall of man 2 iv only got 3 games this y and now ther all out at once best get over time in at work
The only thing im worried about this game is the amount of time im gonna be spending playing it. You see, i go to college and i have to work too, and it seems like i have to spend 8 hours to make a great level on this game. Well, i'm probably still gonna get it. I have a feeling i'm gonna end up playing other people levels a lot instead of creating my own.
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