LittleBigPlanet: The Quality IP That Battles Quality Sequels
Those "in the know" are well aware of LittleBigPlanet's greatness; it's one of the most innovative and accomplished titles of the new generation, and just about every reviewer will tell you exactly that.
But perhaps the sales numbers aren't representative of this particular title's exemplary quality. Sony's David Wilson spoke to GamesIndustry.biz on the subject and simply said, "This is an incredibly volatile time of year and the chart reflects that." Well, those charts say that LBP has only sold about 750,000 copies so far, while the likes of Guitar Hero: World Tour clocks in at about 1.2 million and Gears of War 2 hits the top with well over 2 million copies sold already. Now, granted, both of these titles are wonderful games, but is LBP that far beneath either in terms of quality? Of course not, and Sony hopes that by "word of mouth," the sales will continue to rise for Media Molecule's ambitious platformer. Also, they talk about the difficulties of selling a new IP; sequels with established name recognition are easy to sell by direct comparison. As Wilson said:
"LittleBigPlanet has also sold well given that this is a brand new IP...Our industry is littered with examples of brand new innovative titles that have been lauded by the critics but have sold dismally," Wilson added. "But Sony is delighted and honored to be working with hugely talented developers who can create brilliantly creative original games."
We're just hoping that word of mouth starts to spread quickly, because if the developers aren't sufficiently rewarded for the likes of LBP, that would a great injustice. Would you not agree, fellow gamers?
Related Game(s): LittleBigPlanet
11/19/2008 John Shepard