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Why LittleBigPlanet Isn't Downloadable

When the game first jumped into the public eye last year, many gamers simply assumed it would be available in both the standard Blu-Ray disc format and the digital downloadable format. However, Sony and Media Molecule have repeatedly said LittleBigPlanet wouldn't be coming to the PlayStation Store. And do you know why?

Well, apparently, it wouldn't be that much different than trying to put Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots on the Store for download. Konami's masterpiece took up nearly the full 50GB of space on the disc, and perhaps surprisingly, LittleBigPlanet will take up over 40GB of space. According to PS3Fanboy, it's going to be a dual-layer BD (just like MGS4), and due to the sheer amount of tutorial content and the "two paths through the game," this is one very large project. By the way, when they say "two paths," they're referring to "the player's route and the creator's route." Media Molecule's Alex Evans elaborates on the issue:

"We're filling the Blu-ray up with is tutorials, and a lot of video stuff showing exactly how it's done, it's narrated by Stephen Fry and so on. It's really useful that thanks to Blu-ray we haven't needed to worry about file size, it's never crossed my mind. The game itself and the levels you produce are relatively compact."

There are plenty of excited gamers out there already, but this is the reason why LBP won't be a downloadable title...it's just really big. There's a whole lot of content involved in this bad boy, and if it's not enough to satisfy you, then you've got some crazy super high expectations. We can't wait to get our hands on it; we're anticipating nothing less than a wholly original and entertaining experience.

Related Game(s): LittleBigPlanet

9/10/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

FallenClyro
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 1:21:40 PM
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I can understand why LBP is not downloadable, but games like Sid Meirs Civilization Revolution should be on the store. I don't think that game takes up more than 2.5GB. I'm glad to see a start to this though with Burnout Paradise coming to the store.

Lets just hope more smaller games like BP will be hitting the store!

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tramp
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 1:27:17 PM
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im not a fan of downloading full games,im a disc in hand kinda guy.
one of my buds expected this to be free,like home.....wat a tool.

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Naga
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 1:36:11 PM
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Why thank you at least THAT doesn't have mandatory installation

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DcIronfist
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 1:59:53 PM
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It is nice that they are trying to help people understand the controls. It will help prevent frustration to people new to games like this(is that everybody LOL).

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shaydey77
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 2:49:57 PM
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Go on the Sackboy and Sackgirl!!ha!

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Zaben
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 3:01:25 PM
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Really looking forward to this game. It seems that there will be an endless amount of in-game levels to be enjoyed. Can't wait to try some of my half-insane-yet-perhaps-possible ideas.

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knobby585
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 3:46:50 PM
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ah.... i see. thanks ben ;)

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Jizmack
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 4:00:31 PM
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yeah bro thanks love info on lBp and i will be there the moment i can get my hands on it.

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LightShow
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 4:42:11 PM
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Kratos Sackboy FTW

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AceTatsujin
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 5:53:37 PM
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oh my god, 40 gigs for LBP? AWESSOMMMEE!! and thats why Blu-ray owned HD-DVD =)

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Tim Speed24
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 6:13:00 PM
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Can you say "Only possible on the PS3"...we get the Xbox stuff but they can't get games like this and MGS4. So Sorry.

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AceTatsujin
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 6:31:05 PM
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Kojima hates Microsoft so they'll never ever see his masterpiece games on the 360. Another thing is LBP is created by MM, .. MM promised to make this only for Sony's PS3 plus ... MM would have NEVER existed without the help of Sony. Sony backed them up and they are actually the bone-core to MM .. they gave rooms, offices, computers and tons of other things and I believe they're paying their employees as well .. if I'm correct, Sony owns MM but feel free to correct me. LBP is also published by Sony =) ... hehe.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 8:00:18 PM
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When gamers see discs as a problem I start questioning where the v-game businesss is going.

Discs are better than downloadable files, period. You can just pop 'em in and play instead of waiting 5 to 10 minutes of install.

Besides I want booklets with instructions and all that stuff.

I mean who really wanted this more as a download as opposed to as a disc?

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 8:00:18 PM
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When gamers see discs as a problem I start questioning where the v-game businesss is going.

Discs are better than downloadable files, period. You can just pop 'em in and play instead of waiting 5 to 10 minutes of install.

Besides I want booklets with instructions and all that stuff.

I mean who really wanted this more as a download as opposed to as a disc?

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AntDC
Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 12:02:04 AM
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Stephen Fry narrating? Awsome! Can't wait for this :)

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AnonymousPoster
Sunday, September 14, 2008 @ 11:47:21 AM
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Hehe. You'll love the videos that are in this, explaining the game. They are hilarious. I saw one or two at PAX and everybody was loving it.

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