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Media Molecule Lays Out The Bucks For New Innovations

Developer Media Molecule was responsible for bringing us one of the most creative and innovative titles of the generation in LittleBigPlanet.

The sequel released in early 2011 and the talented studio took another step, but now it's time to try something new. And when you want to do something right, you gotta spend some money...lots and lots of money.

According to a report at Gamasutra, LBP designers Media Molecule spent £4.1 million ($6.3 million) in research and development in its last fiscal year, in an effort to deal with the risks of relying solely on the LBP franchise. The R&D included investments in "game physics and dynamics, rapid world creation from laser data, web-based interfaces, 3D stereo-optics for advanced simulation, and hi-def data capture and processing techniques." They also brought 50 new employees on board, which is a good sign.

These costs outstripped the profits - £3.44 million ($5.3 million) - generated during the fiscal year but hey, gotta spend money to make money, right? Media Molecule has already said they'll be "stepping away" from Sackboy and Co. to work on something fresh and whatever it is, expectations will be high. We also wonder if that money went towards a PS4 project...at this point, it doesn't seem unlikely at all.

Tags: media molecule, lbp, littlebigplanet, media molecule games

1/7/2012 10:07:18 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

kevinater321
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 10:40:58 AM
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I can't wait for Media molecules next project, because lbp was one of the first games that brought my whole family together and we all played random user levels. Whatever this new project is it is absolutely a d1p for me.

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shadowscorpio
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 11:08:11 AM
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These guys have shown us that they are capable game devs. They definitely have the platforming game genre down. I would love to see what else they are capable of.

Thumbs up Sony for believing in these guys and giving them a helping hand.

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kevinater321
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 12:31:36 PM

i was going to give you a thumbs up, but then you asked for it.

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shadowscorpio
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 12:34:53 PM

No I wasn't asking for it. When I said thumbs up, I meant, Thumbs up to Sony, not myself. lol!

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BikerSaint
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 12:18:03 PM
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Just like ND, I'm sure MM will also keep on impressing us too.

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Beamboom
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 12:26:10 PM
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Excellent. I always welcome new IPs with open arms and it will be really interesting to see what else they can come up with.

So yeah - a different IP from them is excellent. Let's hope many more new IPs are on their way from other devs too!


Last edited by Beamboom on 1/7/2012 12:29:00 PM

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firesoul453
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 12:26:42 PM
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Good. I love new original ideas.

More great games!

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Lotusflow3r
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 1:16:12 PM
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They delivered my game of the generation.

It goes without saying that their next project will instantly become my most wanted.

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Orion_Pax
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 2:25:09 PM
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I'm sure whatever they do will be great. These are guys that put quality over just trying to make a quick buck.

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Doppel
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 5:34:48 PM

I think LBP2 was better than LBP1. The extensive creation tools and all the new gadgets in it made it really incredible.

A whole lot of fun from LBP2 is the creation of levels. I spent weeks planning for one and a month building and another week testing and refining.

And here's the end result:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9Rp-_UsnJw

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jlch777
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 9:26:22 PM
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This smell like they are already working with PS4 tech.

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___________
Sunday, January 08, 2012 @ 3:57:13 AM
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dunno why but ive always wanted them to work on a survival horror game.
just seems like it would suit them really well.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Sunday, January 08, 2012 @ 9:38:12 PM

A lot of their campaigns in lbp do seem to have a dark side to them even though it's such a loveable game. haha

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Robochic
Sunday, January 08, 2012 @ 8:42:32 AM
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I love LBP 1 and 2 and really am excited for their next project. Very talented and imaginative developers.

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Marckon
Sunday, January 08, 2012 @ 2:48:08 PM
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"game physics and dynamics, rapid world creation from laser data, web-based interfaces, 3D stereo-optics for advanced simulation, and hi-def data capture and processing techniques."

This has me very excited. seriously imagine if they are trying to make little big planet inspired game that takes place in a real 3D environment where i can play in third person or first person view. You can make a Skyrim game or infamous type game with the ingame tools. Or even better make a "make your own RPG" game just like Ruin is trying but better. "rapid world creation from laser data" I dont have a clue what they mean when they say creation from laser data but rapid world creation is pretty damn cool I seen engines that ran render an entire world map so making a game around that would be just put their name on the world for the next 20 years. Media Molecule should invest all their efforts for a PS4 launch tittle that truly redefines "video games" and finally give PlayStaion the award for the most diverse platform.

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Qubex
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 12:20:03 AM
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"We also wonder if that money went towards a PS4 project...at this point, it doesn't seem unlikely at all."

From what it sounds like Ben, this is highly probable; especially if the PS4 is released around Christmas 2013.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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