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LittleBigPlanet 2 Announced

Sony announced yesterday that “LittleBigPlanet 2” is on the way.  Being one of Sony’s successful exclusive franchises, there was little doubt that a sequel has been in the works – particularly since SCEA bought LBP developer Media Molecule earlier this year.  Once again the game will emphasize gamer customization and creativity using the “Create” mode.

Building on the gameplay of the original, LBP 2 will expand the range of things that players can do in their unique worlds.  In LBP 2, Sack-Boy, the malleable hero of the game, will have access to new tools like a grappling hook, “power gloves”, and a “magic bag”.  Also, LBP 2 will support Playstation Move; according to Sony, motion control may only be used in specific Move-ready levels.

While players will not be able build levels using the Move, LBP 2’s CREATE mode will add some new options for aspiring game developers including programmable NPCs, health meters and the ability to create a unique control scheme.  Lastly, LBP 2 will be backwards compatible, meaning that players can import their games from the original LBP so they can tweak their games, or simply play them with updated graphics.

Media Molecule told 1up.com that more information about LBP 2 will become available at E3 next month, including info on the soundtrack and hopefully (fingers crossed) a release date.

Sony Scoops Up Developer Media Molecule, says “Nothing will Change”

SCEE (Sony Computer Entertainment of Europe) announced today that they are purchasing developer Media Molecule, the firm responsible for “LittleBigPlanet”.  SCEE posted their public announcement on their company blog this morning, declaring that “nothing will change” for gamers; “Media Molecule will simply continue to make great games.”

Given that the developer’s only project to date was “LittleBigPlanet”, the decision to merge the two companies makes perfect sense.  Comparing this action with the last major industry acquisition, Warner Bros Interactive buying up Rocksteady, it would make sense to imply that “Molecule” may be working on the next major entry in the “LittleBigPlanet” franchise.