Media Molecule: LBP2 Is "Backwards Compatible"
Some have been wondering why Media Molecule would bother with an actual Blu-Ray sequel to their innovative hit, LittleBigPlanet. Why not just keep expanding on the original via DLC?
Well, 1Up posed this very question to MM co-founder Alex Evans and his response may surprise you. Early details of the game have excited fans of the original, as the team plans to provide us with the next step on the evolutionary player customization ladder. The ability to make your very own levels has been upgraded to the point where you can make your own genre of game, and let's not forget about that PlayStation Move compatibility. But there's another "compatible" aspect of the sequel that Evans mentions in his reason for a true LBP2:
"There are kind of two reasons. It's all predicated on [having] to make [the game] backwards compatible, which is huge and epic technically, and also quite unheard of in terms of all of the content that comes across. If we did DLC, [it'd be] a drip feed. If you wanna do 10 features at once and then holistically make a story that uses all of those together in all the different combinations, [retail's] the only way to do it. It has to be an event. We couldn't release a new story with all these tools, bit by bit by bit.
I think the Blu-Ray is still the best way to reach a wider audience. DLC, in a way, is like preaching to the converted, you know? It's to people who want to evolve their experience. But LBP2 gives a new entry point for loads of people, and the people who have LBP1 get all the bonuses, they can keep all their stuff, and they don't lose anything."
So essentially, the game really is building off the original; if you've spent some quality time with LBP, you won't have to worry about losing anything you've done when you pop in LBP2. How freakin' awesome is that? With all new cinematic creation tools, six major game themes with which to work and fiddle, and a horde of fresh features designed to give the LBP fan more creative freedom than ever before, LittleBigPlanet 2 should, in short, do it again. A huge holiday title if we ever saw one.
And by the way, the game has been officially announced for winter 2010.
Related Game(s): LittleBigPlanet 2
5/10/2010 10:25:05 AM Ben Dutka