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Media Molecule On A LBP Sequel: "We'd Never Do That"

Sequels tend to be big sellers and often help to drive the industry forward; many new franchises just get better with age ('cough' Uncharted 2 'cough'). However, in some cases, a sequel might be "counterproductive."

Media Molecule continues to insist that we'll never see a LittleBigPlanet 2. Due to the unique "Create, Play, Share" concept that fuels the multiplayer aspect of the game, the developers have avoided the idea of a sequel so as not to splinter the accumulated community. Besides, with everything they continue to add to the LBP experience, it's as if a brand new game is springing to life before our very eyes. A Critical Gamer interview with producer Martin Lynagh and level designer Danny Leaver proves once again that LBP is a living, breathing, expanding game and LBP2 just wouldn't make any sense. "I think what you've seen so far from LittleBigPlanet, that's the way it's going to continue," said Lynagh. Leaver added: "We'd never do that. That'd be the most counterproductive thing you could do I think." Well, all one has to do is examine the sheer amount of DLC that is currently available for the game to see that Media Molecule hasn't stopped working. No, they're not sitting back on their laurels saying, "nah, no sequel."

They're working diligently to make the LBP experience fresher and more entertaining as time goes on. Besides, they'll get their profits via premium DLC...dont' worry, they won't go broke without a sequel.

Related Game(s): LittleBigPlanet

11/4/2009 9:33:15 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (29 posts)

johnld
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 9:53:48 PM
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I dont really dont see why a sequel is needed for this game. New levels pop up every day in the community. And if they can add anything they want to the game like how they can add water to the game, whats the point of the sequel. I can see expansions/dlcs coming but not a full game. I dont see much they can improve on which they cant just release as a DLC or patch. All they need to do is release the tools/items and just let the people go with it. Hence the whole concept of "create, play, share"

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TheJackyl
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 10:05:30 PM

Exactly, as with the water add-on it seems like they can just continue building onto the game.

Until they come up with a bunch of major changes that they just can't accomplish with the current game engine then they might start talking a sequel.

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kevinater321
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 10:02:34 PM
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I just wish they updated lbp 1 more often! And please upgrade your online, it
s such a hassle right now!

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Diggity Dan
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 8:10:50 AM

Yea, some of the online multiplayer performance is a little disappointing. I get tons of lag and quirky connections. Apart from that, it's a gem of a game.

No sequel needed, but I'd like to see Media Molecule release some new DLC levels like they did for the MGS4 level pack. Yhe costume stuff is just kinda lame IMO.

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SnipeySnake
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 10:03:24 PM
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I don't think a sequel is possible for LBP. The game is just perfect. I mean, you can add more cool stuff like DLC but i don't think theres anything they can do to make lbp more "special". Man its hard to explain...

Edit:
Oh and they should do this for online...
When clicking Play Online, it should give 2 options saying host a game or join someones game. It would make things easier.

And its cool how they mixed racing elements with LBP to make ModNation Racers. Thats one game i really have to get. Mariokarts got nothing on that.(lol i kinda got bored of it fast)

Last edited by SnipeySnake on 11/4/2009 10:06:30 PM

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 10:09:30 PM
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Aye aye!

Timeless game! So much you can do in this game, it never ends!

Hands down the best party game of this generation, imo

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 10:09:46 PM
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I think they need to make a prequel. The origins of Sack Boy. We need to explore the humble beginnings of that little bag of beans. J/K.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 10:10:27 PM
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and hard as hell, with all the player creations, levels, weapons, etc.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 10:19:05 PM

This was a reply to a comment, the guy deleted his post, so this wasnt random. It was from Game Over.

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therabbitkinge
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 10:36:13 PM
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I agree no sequel is needed but I am starting to notice how much cash im losing on costumes that aren't on a physical disc

I think LBP may begin to suffer because of this at some point I think they have a good idea with the goty edition, by adding content to the CD that was available on the PSN store it made an expansion of sorts

I'd like to see more physical expansions for LBP but otherwise its doesn't seem to be slowing down now so I do understand them completely.

Plus I love my sackboy and change his costume every 2 seconds im online lol (gets me kicked out of sessions a lot though)

Fun costume :paint baudica's hair yellow,, and Ryu's outfit red, and Ryu's gloves brown and you'll have a ken outfit lol: (to those that have both the history pack and then Street Fighter pack anyway ^_^)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 10:40:47 PM
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That's cool, no sequel needed, but how about some news on what MM is up to for their next game?

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Qubex
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 10:59:02 PM

LittleBigUniverse...

Q!

"i am home"

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tes37
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 11:35:36 PM

They should have named this game Little Bottomless Pit.

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Nerull
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 10:52:32 PM
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Somewhere in a corporate skyscraper Kotick is scratching his head raw.
As for myself I applaud their approach, even if part of it is likely because they'd have a hard time changing enough to warrant a sequel anyway.
PS Just about to break in brutal legend.

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SILVERAMMO
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 10:53:50 PM
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i agree better

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godsman
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 11:04:58 PM
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A sequel is like asking... what's infinity times 2? You can't get more out of LBP with it's infinite gameplay.

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___________
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 11:08:04 PM
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but a game can only go so far with DLC.
i mean look at burnout paradise that has received more DLC than most games put together.
it will get to a stage that they need to release a sequel to mix things into place, you cant just keep supplying DLC to a 5 year old game.
speaking of burnout and criterion, when are they going to announce their next game?
burnout paradise has been out for ages, and they stopped working on the DLC ages ago.
its time they announced BLACK 2, if not that, another burnout paradise game.
actually, no i would like to see their take on a combat racing game like full auto battle lines.
one of the many genres we dont see enough off.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 @ 11:30:23 PM

I would absolutely love to see a Black 2, Black was amazing, best PS2 game in my oppinion.

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Fane1024
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 2:25:42 PM

Don't be surprised if they announce they're working on a new Road Rage.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 1:17:31 AM
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this is the game that keeps on giving. just keep bringing the add-ons and updates and ill be absolutely happy. i would like to see some creator packs from the devs though. maybe they build some levels and throw em in the store to download or even in the community!

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BigBoss4ever
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 4:36:56 AM
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no sequel needed for this game, keep it original. also, no sequel for infamous, no sequel for Demon Souls, etc.... Original ideas and a unique game like no other are the most precious thing in today's game industry.

sequal after sequal makes me feel bored and yawning for many franchise, i.e. Silent Hill series, Gran Turismo series, KOF series, all the sports game series.... it is all the same, just a bit better in graphics, nothing really new.

imo, after 3 installments, a series should end and it is the time to call a new original idea.

p.s. exceptions ofcourse -- MGS franchise, GOW franchise, Final Fantasy franchise, Castlevania franchise, ICO franchise, DMC franchise, Chrono series... but that is about it

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 8:22:01 AM

Silent Hill is done. It ended on 4 but, the intention was to end on 3 (Konami bullied them).

C'mon, you knew i was gonna notice a Silent Hill mention like THAT! lol

I actually agree, some games just need to stay single, they just feel more legendary that way!

Can you imagine if MGS stopped right there?

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BigBoss4ever
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 1:21:24 PM

yea, great original games staying alone makes them classic and legendary, and will forever be remembered

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Gabriel013
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 6:27:08 AM
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The dlc costs as much as a full priced game anyway so they have no reason to release a sequel.

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 6:37:12 AM
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My most played game on ps3.

and the only game since game began that i give 10/10

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JoshBall
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 7:52:23 AM
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I agree with no sequel, although they could bring extra things in like allowing more than 4 people on a game at one time, or doing online level creation? I live in the UK and the servers are sometimes really messy when playing online with people (and i don't have slow internet), something they need to sort down here really, apart from that i can't find any faults.

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Ricochet
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 7:59:10 AM
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Make sense.

Now if they made the online features more gamer friendly, I could easily access those 4x areas and steal more trophies.

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furbiesmustdie
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 8:59:03 AM
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heh. that's what valve said on left 4 dead. then again i have more faith in media molecule.

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LittleBigMidget
Thursday, November 05, 2009 @ 7:11:52 PM
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Well the Leerdammer LBP update is next, I can't wait for it.

Last edited by LittleBigMidget on 11/5/2009 7:12:11 PM

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