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    LittleBigPlanet Karting

    Playstation.Blog.LittleBigPlanet Karting Coming To PS3!

    Earlier this year we cut some cake and popped some champagne to celebrate Media Molecule’s sixth birthday!! We have had an awesome time during the last six years, with the highlight being the joy of seeing how the experiment we started here in Guildford has grown and given rise to a thriving LittleBigPlanet community. This year will be no different, filled with DLC, plus more brand new experiments from the LBP family for you to play with.

    You already know about the fantastic LBP work that Tarsier Studios and Double Eleven Studios are doing on LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation Vita, and now we are delighted to announce today a new LBP collaboration with the hugely talented team at United Front Games who will be leading a new project called LittleBigPlanet Karting! We’ve all seen that UFG has a wealth of racing experience and they’re also intimately familiar with LBP’s cornerstones of “PLAY, CREATE, SHARE.” With LBP’s powerful and diverse toolset in their capable hands, LittleBigPlanet Karting is sure to be an adventure that both LBP fans and kart racing fans alike will enjoy! We are very eager to see what you think of this union and especially excited to see what happens now that you have a 3D environment to create in! It’s the start of a whole new LBP world! Have a look at the debut trailer to see for yourself.


    Thank you so much for your continued support of LittleBigPlanet!
    Lots of love,
    Kareem, Dave, Alex, Mark & Siobhan – Media Molecule


    From United Front Games

    Thank you to everyone at Media Molecule, we greatly appreciate the warm welcome into the LittleBigPlanet family. The team here at United Front Games has long been huge fans of LBP and all of the exceptional work done by everyone at Mm. Sackboy has become one of the iconic gaming characters of this generation and to have the opportunity to make a LittleBigPlanet game ourselves is truly an honor.


    It has really been a joy to collaborate with all of the folks at Mm. Since the project’s inception, they have been great partners in getting to where we are today. Looking ahead, we can’t wait for all of the LBP fans out there to get their hands on LittleBigPlanet Karting. The LBP community is unparalleled in the gaming world for the passion and creativity they bring and it’s going to be very exciting to see where they’re able to take this new journey for Sackboy.

    Our goal with LBP Karting has been fairly simple – provide a fast-paced experience that captures the best of classic Karting gameplay, married with the unbridled creativity of LBP. This new adventure will be accessible to players of all ages and have all of the variety necessary to satisfy both the hardcore and more casual players.

    This is an LBP game, so we could never talk about it without mentioning the create tools. LBP Karting is set in an entirely 3D world allowing players to create rich and varied gameplay experiences. Tons of familiar LBP gadgets will be present, along with a brand new toolbox specifically tailored to allow for building in LBP Karting’s 3D world. Along with fan favorite racing and battle modes, players will be able to modify the rules of the game itself to create completely new modes and challenges. All of this is wrapped up in a community experience that should have LBP fans feeling right at home.

    Well, that’s all for now, but we’re looking forward to sharing more news on this exciting new game in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more info and get ready for the new world of LittleBigPlanet Karting in 2012!
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    United Front Games
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    Will likely enjoy this a lot more than LBP actually...

    Still waiting for a Little Big Planet world with precise jumps to really sink into the regular game, but you can't make a kart racer without it being fun. Plus the LBP community will probably have tons of amazing mini-games to play with your kart, battle racer style would be nice as well--good fun on N64.

    Can't say anything bad about this move, looking forward to it...
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    I don't understand why they "bothered" making Mod Nation Racers in the first place, now... it's not like it was a known fact before release of MNR that LBP is a good IP.
    Kept you waiting

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    because MNR was a game with some flexibility. this is a game with infinite possibilities... It's a LBP game

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gribble-Grunger View Post
    because MNR was a game with some flexibility. this is a game with infinite possibilities... It's a LBP game
    I rather meant it like, why did they bother with MNR in the first place...
    Kept you waiting

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    Maybe just to get some sort of competition to mario kart out there while they worked on this one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Segitz View Post
    I rather meant it like, why did they bother with MNR in the first place...
    i would imagine that the deal for them to make a LBP carting game came off the heals of their success with MNR. Sony probably saw an opportunity and these guys were almost waiting for the inevitable.

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    i just realized you're gonna be able to make 2D or 3D levels...hmmm i wonder will the majority of the community come over since this is kinda like LBP3...

    Interesting development...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OmniStalgic View Post
    i just realized you're gonna be able to make 2D or 3D levels...hmmm i wonder will the majority of the community come over since this is kinda like LBP3...

    Interesting development...
    yep. top down view, fp view, tp view and side view. i'm assuming there are some limitations but i'm beginning to wonder if this game is using a version of an engine intended for LBP3 (if it does exist that is)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Segitz View Post
    I don't understand why they "bothered" making Mod Nation Racers in the first place, now... it's not like it was a known fact before release of MNR that LBP is a good IP.
    i imagine that sony had made the deal with the UFG when they already were far in development of modnation racer.
    i imagine that back then it would be crazy to force them to just put LBP look over their game.
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    Embargo lifts next week, along with the Battle Royale and GoWA
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    Quote Originally Posted by solidsnakejej View Post
    Embargo lifts next week, along with the Battle Royale and GoWA
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    nice one! it's going to be really interesting to see how they manage to incorporate LBP features into this. trust me, this is NOT going to be MNR2 with a news skin

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    Very interesting in how all three of these titles develop. All of sudden, PS3 has 3 brand new exclusives no one new about this year....pretty kewl...but I really wish The Last Guardian would come out...replaying Ico & Sotc makes me want a full-blown PS3 experience that has just as much impact.
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    Not really we knew a God of War title was coming and the battle Royale was leaked last year, LBP karting wasn't something that was thought of because of ModNation.

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    Yeah, even though it was leaked, it still wasn't an official game, just like Syphon filter...

    games can be canned, or even so released much much later than we anticipated, so for me the brawl game game and LBP are really exciting and feel fresh as I always take rumors with a pinch of salt. God of War was expected, but still nice to see a prequel, going back to mix-up the elements.
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    LittleBigPlanet Karting: A Platformer on Wheels
    http://uk.ps3.ign.com/articles/122/1224027p1.html

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    ^Anyone mind being a good chap and quoting the article for me? Would be a nice read at work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OmniStalgic View Post
    ^Anyone mind being a good chap and quoting the article for me? Would be a nice read at work...

    LittleBigPlanet Karting isn't the game you might expect. While Karting comes from ModNation Racers developer United Front Games, it isn't just a rehash with Sackboy thrown in. In fact, it has the potential to improve upon its predecessor in nearly every way, making for a wholly authentic LittleBigPlanet experience.

    It's easy to compare LittleBigPlanet Karting to United Front's previous efforts at first glance. The ModSpot (ModNation's customization hub) has been replaced by LBP's trademark Pod, now transformed into a gigantic cardboard spaceship that allows up to four players to customize their karts and characters at the same time. And while building tracks, dressing up characters and toying with basic racing mechanics like weapons and drifting feel familiar, what sets Karting apart is the world in which it's immersed. This game feels like LittleBigPlanet.

    United Front collaborated closely with LBP developer Media Molecule to create a faithful iteration of Craftworld that looks completely at home next to LittleBigPlanet and its sequel. While playing the game, you'll find yourself comparing it more to LBP than to other racing games, and exploring each map is almost like playing a platformer rather than a kart racer. Score bubbles even pepper the track to lead players forward, just like in LBP.

    Many maps exist as a homage to classic LittleBigPlanet environments, recreating settings like The Gardens with meticulous attention to detail. Driving past the castle or the king and queen makes you feel like you're right at home in LBP's universe, and even the game's karts are inspired by LBP2 themes like The Wedding or Victoria's Lab. The team at United Front describes the game as a "karting adventure" rather than a racer as levels are built around the platforming mechanics LittleBigPlanet is famous for.

    On a track inspired by the World's Fair called Future Perfect, players encounter the Grappling Sponge that's traditionally used to traverse the world of LittleBigPlanet. At several key points during the race, players are required to grapple across large expanses, climbing through the environment to progress and occasionally even finding elevated shortcuts. Mechanics like this help the gameplay feel more like exploration than simple racing, recreating the sense of wonder that made LBP so fun to play in the first place.

    More importantly, the game's controls feel natural, comfortable and less 'loose' than those of ModNation. Drivers are easy to keep centered on the track, even while drifting. In Karting's default control scheme, ModNation's controls have also been reversed -- pressing X now controls the gas and drifting is controlled by R2. (You can swap this from the pause menu.)

    Like any good LittleBigPlanet game, Karting features a wide array of customization options, allowing players to create tracks, characters and even weapons from scratch. Customization is controlled through the same Popit menu found in LittleBigPlanet, and everything from steering wheels to horn sounds to chassis can be replaced while customizing karts within the Pod.

    This is one example of what makes Karting unique. While plenty of games feature a track creator or allow characters to be dressed up, LittleBigPlanet Karting gives players access to the same level editor as the game's designers. Nearly every element of a course can be controlled, from the frequency of weapon spawns to the appearance of the track itself. This fits perfectly in a franchise famous for letting players build things from scratch.

    LittleBigPlanet Karting also boasts new weapons, with projectiles including straight shots, seekers and multi-missiles, plus EMPs and grenades. Weapons can be fired both forwards and backwards and can even cancel out seeker missiles when fired in reverse. During races, players can pick up new boost items such as Autopilot, which turns your kart into a rocket-propelled boxing glove that pushes other racers out of the way, and Fast Forward, which skips you ahead to a later portion of the track.

    These weapons are a big part of multiplayer. According to United Front, Karting's suite will include Battle Mode, waypoint races, treasure hunts, score attacks and more. We tried out Battle Mode, an eight-man deathmatch that can be played either locally or online. The goal of battle is to use weapons like seeker missiles and straight shots to hit other players and earn points, and the result is one of my favorite parts of LBP Karting.

    In a map called King's Castle, play was isolated to an enclosed, circular course with a few items in the middle. Attacks could come from any angle, leaving every racer to fend for him or herself while dodging the onslaught of projectiles suddenly coming his or her way. While Sony was only allowing battles against AI opponents, matches were still frantic and insane, with all racers scrambling to get to the items in the middle of the map in order to unleash damage. Additional courses haven't been shown off yet, but Battle Mode could easily be the highlight of Karting's multiplayer if our demo was any indication.

    Karting did have a few noticeable technical issues. Like ModNation Racers, the game features long load times when loading a new track, though ModNation's percentage wheel has mercifully been replaced by a fly-through of each course. There were occasional framerate dips and clipping issues as well, though it's worth noting that this was an early build of the game specifically marked as a "work in progress."

    ModNation Racers was a great game that was held back from its full potential by a few flaws. While LittleBigPlanet Karting still has a long way to go, it's already an incredibly promising step up for United Front and a great new direction for the LittleBigPlanet franchise. Plenty of new details have yet to be revealed, so it's probably a safe bet to expect more info at E3 in June.
    http://uk.ps3.ign.com/articles/122/1224027p1.html

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