EA Announces Create, LittleBigPlanet Inspiration Keenly Felt
Good ideas tend to catch on. It's why Sony and Microsoft are attempting to emulate Nintendo in the motion-sensing department (emulate and one-up them, of course, but it's still emulation), and why every action/adventure game wants to be like Uncharted.
This must also be why EA wanted to make a game like LittleBigPlanet. Today, EA has announced a new game centered on the concept of player creation, imagination, and artistic ability; it's called Create and it sounds eerily similar to Media Molecule's innovative smash hit. In EA's project, "players design environments with easy-to-use brushes and tools, including textures, props and animating objects that bring games to life." Unsurprisingly, this will be available on all major consoles (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and even MAC), so it'll give non-PS3 owners a chance to play with a Sackboy clone.
Okay, maybe that's unfair to say as we really haven't seen much of Create besides a few screenshots and besides, it's a great idea. LBP was a great idea; the concept of giving players immense creative freedom remains a great idea. The question is, with EA's effort landing in time for the holiday season, and with LittleBigPlanet 2 launching at about the same time, what will PS3 owners choose? Does this mark the first showdown in the new "player-oriented" genre? Said vice president and general manager at developer EA Bright Light, Harvey Elliott:
"Create uses families’ imaginations to develop new ways to play together that are both fun and challenging. We wanted to design a game where [...] the only limit is the imagination."
By the way, Create will support the PlayStation Move but there doesn't appear to be any confirmationc concerning Kinect...a nod to Sony's blazing the trail? Sony does seem to be responsible for starting a lot of "measuring-stick" franchises and games everyone else wants to emulate. There's God of War ('cough' EA's Dante's Inferno 'cough'), Gran Turismo, Uncharted, and the genre-bending or even genre-defining unique titles like Team ICO's games, PaRappa the Rapper (say "thank you," Guitar Hero) and now LittleBigPlanet. ...it's akin to the "wanna be like Mike" slogan, or something.
Related Game(s): Create
8/2/2010 10:43:21 AM Ben Dutka