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LittleBigPlanet 2 delayed to January 2011, delay is “disappointing,” says SCEE

Thursday, 23rd September 2010 10:27 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Media Molecule’s confirmed that it has delayed LittleBigPlanet 2 from it’s original November release to January 2011.

The developer said it had “agreed to allow ourselves a bit more time to deliver the experience that our great fans and community deserve,” adding it was “truly sorry.”

SCEE’s told VG247 this morning that the delay is “disappointing,” but that it’s “key” to replicate the quality MM achieved with the original LBP.

“It is obviously disappointing that LBP2 will not be available until January, but as one of the most innovative and fun franchises ever seen on PlayStation platforms, we believe that it is key that the quality of the game lives up to the reputation established by Media Molecule with the multi mullion selling, award winning original,” a Sony rep told us.

“LBP2 is an incredibly ambitious and exciting game and we have no doubt that it will raise the bar even further when it launches in January.”

The news after Sony gave VG247 a no comment yesterday on the rumour of the game being delayed, following a report from French site PS3Gen.

The DIY title was originally due to launch in the US on November 16, with no UK date announced before today’s delay.

The game, which this time allows you to develop your own games, is currently in a closed beta.

The full statement from the LBP website from Media Molcule is below.

“LittleBigPlanet 2 is a crazy dream, a dream to allow players to make whatever kind of game they want, but also to play though a great adventure of drama and excitement, power-ups, and cinematics. But like all of the most ambitious ideas, it can be a considerable challenge to turn these dreams in fun games. We’ve all been working like powered-up space ninjas and we’re almost there, but because we love what we’ve made, and we love our little sack-friends, and most of all we love all our fans out there, we couldn’t let you all get together until we knew we were giving you the best experience imaginable. Which is why we’ve taken the hard decision to delay the worldwide release of LittleBigPlanet 2, originally slated for later this year to January 2011.

“We know this will come as disappointing news for all you LittleBigPlanet fans, and believe us, we are disappointed too. We are a tight-knit team and we take enormous pride in our work, so to raise the bar we’ve set with the original LittleBigPlanet, a game that has been so embraced by all, we’ve agreed to allow ourselves a bit more time to deliver the experience that our great fans and community deserve. We are truly sorry, but hope you understand that we have to build the best possible game, as it is the foundation of our community.
On the upside, we are going to find a way to give more of you a taste of LBP2 prior to launch, so stay tuned.
Thanks for your continued love and support, it won’t be long – we promise.
Lots of love from all at Mm.”

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  1. Redh3lix

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    :(

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Are you fucking retarded MM?

    I mean thats just crazy.

    So whats for Sony’s exclusives this year? Gran Turismo 5 only? The Fuck?

    This is very bad. I mean seriously bad.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Well, what a surprise! :-D

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Christmas is looking a bit sparse on the platform exclusive front this year regardless of which machine you own. Good job we’ve got the third-parties.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @4 Oh you sound like a happy person, well i’m not.
    I hope that sackboy will eat you alive. :3

    Sony again fails here… So much pushed to the January, February, march and e.t.c., thats just crazy.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. onlineatron

    Bu-bu-but… It was the only other Sony title I gave a damn about this Q4.

    All that’s left now is GT5!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Bikki

    This ought to happen.Well, GT5 is still coming. :)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. mington

    #9 4 years ago
  10. sennasnit

    Better late than never!

    #10 4 years ago
  11. sennasnit

    I’m not posting too fast you bastard!

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    Whoops.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. djhsecondnature

    @3 – Short memory? Heavy Rain, God of War III, 3D Dot Game Heroes, Demon’s Souls, ModNation Racers, Move – Just from the top of my head.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Blerk

    I think he was talking about the ones that are still to come out, man. The Christmas specials, if you will.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. djhsecondnature

    @14 – Perhaps, but that wasn’t what he said :-p And with all the multi-platform games coming out, how is GT5 bad as the only exclusive? Aside from Kinect do MS have any others?

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Dannybuoy

    @1 NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! was my initial reaction too

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Blerk

    MS have Fable III and… that’s about it. Nintendo have Donkey Kong and…. that’s about it. Seems they all forgot about Christmas this year. Bah humbug.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. cookiejar

    Arr no :(

    Well. GT5 is still coming. And that’ll be big.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Johnny Cullen

    I’ve been on the beta for the past couple of nights for something we’re planning, and honestly, the amount of originality on it is staggering.

    That Stereo/Mono level is properly amazing. Anyone who’s played it knows what I mean.

    Properly gutted this has been delayed. :(

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Syrok

    Boo, now I have to find a different game to entertain me for a while. :(

    #20 4 years ago
  21. onlineatron

    @17

    The Wii will be the console with the most exclusives this autumn by the looks of things.

    Kirby, Donkey Kong, Epic Mickey.

    I suppose you could list all the Kinect titles on 360, but I’m trying to think of the titles people actually care about.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Erthazus

    @djsecondnature, i said about Christmas Only.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Suikoden Fan

    if we are talking ps3 exclusives until christmas, not having to be just pubbed by sony then theres

    atelier rorona
    singstar guitar
    a new buzz
    gt5
    a bunch of move games
    maybe dc universe (not sure on that one)

    and if its allowed as its only coming to wii as well sengoku basara

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Blerk

    Kirby’s not out in Europe until 2011, onlineatron. I’d forgotten about Epic Mickey though, although that’s not first-party.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Jan

    Sony fails like always

    #25 4 years ago
  26. typeface

    Well even though the holiday exclusive titles seem a bit short, this being released in January works out fine I believe.

    January is sparse for titles (all we have is Dead Space 2 and ME2(for the PS3), maybe a live/psn title somewhere but that’s it. If this gets released in the first week of January that’s good for sales. I mean look at Bayonetta and Darksiders (sure the price for those games dropped ridiculously in the UK after 2/3 months but so did the first LBP).

    January is a good time unlike February or March when it’s overloaded like this October/November. While I dislike delays sometimes it works out great, LBP one was delayed because of a song, Batman AA delayed for a few bug fixes. It’s just two months :)

    #26 4 years ago
  27. onlineatron

    @24
    Oh, really? Awww :(

    #27 4 years ago
  28. AHA-Lambda

    wow

    the sad thing is when i first saw lbp2 announced i thought there is no way this will make 2010 it’ll be delayed but then it looked like it was so far along that it could be done :)

    and now this? Seriously if this is just a marketing move sony then you have failed massively:

    January – lbp2, dead space 2, ME2 PS3, WoW cataclysm?
    February – Bulletstorm, Killzone 3, portal 2, deus ex 3
    March – Crysis 2, Dragon Age 2, Homefront
    April – gears 3
    Q1 – ghost recon, fear 3

    Seriously this is a very stupid move sony

    #28 4 years ago
  29. onlineatron

    I don’t understand the desire to have so many high-budget titles in the first half of the year now.

    Surely they would benifit more from a Summer or Christmas release?

    Summer is usually empty and can make games sell like hotcakes (Mafia II, Batman) and Christmas is Christmas.

    But the first half of the year is when everyone is recovering financially from Xmas, looking at tax bills etc, it’s not good!

    #29 4 years ago
  30. DJ Deathstar

    Well at least this means i won’t be tempted to get a PS3 this year

    #30 4 years ago
  31. DrDamn

    @28
    It’s not really a “move” though is it? It’s a reality. At least its at the beginning of the crowded period and it distinguishes itself by being nothing like any of the others there. There is also the assumption none of the others are going to slip too.

    Sony have been decidedly rubbish at getting stuff out the door this generation though. One of their biggest failings.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Johnny Cullen

    @AHA – Not exactly.

    If Sony releases it in a quiet week in January like Darksiders and Bayonetta this year, probably the first week of 2011 (January 3 – 7), then it’ll do alright.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Nozz

    Aww well, I suppose if they have to iron out the bugs ETC then I’d prefer that than a “we’ll patch it in later” attitude.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. BlueOne

    nice :D
    to save my money for the other games

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Callum

    It’s got to be a hard decision to make, delaying something like this.
    I’m sure MM know what they are doing, the footage so far looks fantastic, and the beta feedback sounds impressive also.
    Looks like you will only be seeing one sack this christmass…Santas.

    Take from that what you will.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Kerplunk

    Given how many people said “Stupid Sony!” when the original date was announced it’s always funny to see people say “Stupid Sony!” when the date has been changed. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    No matter what the game is, I’d prefer to have a later better game than an earlier, worse one.

    Given the stupendous array of superb games available for all machines in all genres I can’t imagine a two month delay is going to leave gamers stuck with nothing else worth playing. :)

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Man_s

    @Kerplunk

    Totally agree on all fronts. My wallet and my sanity appreciate all the delays as well.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Anders

    Oh fuck.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Kuwabara

    it was delayed on purpose so all the spotlight can be on gt5. i myself found it abit odd that they would consider releasing gt5 alongside lbp2. Two first party sony exclusives in the same month isnt a smart decision

    #39 4 years ago
  40. OlderGamer

    Not for nothing, but gift cards are all the rage around here – meaning if MM can get LBP2 out the door just after the first of the year, they may well still be able to cash in on xmass shopping.

    That being said, this, more then any other game, was meant to be under our family tree. Guess will keep our eye on that Rock Band 3 keyboard or maybe something from Move. Or maybe we will just wait, LBP2 should have thousands of hours of enjoyment with it. Looks like a great value, would likly have been my GOTY.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Psychotech

    @37 and 39 +1

    #41 4 years ago
  42. djhsecondnature

    @Erthazus:

    “Are you fucking retarded MM?

    I mean thats just crazy.

    So whats for Sony’s exclusives this year? Gran Turismo 5 only? The Fuck?

    This is very bad. I mean seriously bad.”

    Errr no you didn’t. If that’s what you meant then okay, but you didn’t state it, hence why it was a stupid remark.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. ExclusivesMostly

    :( but this will be a fantastic game when it ships in Jan 2011 :)

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Madgame

    If you’re going to release a game, do it right. Better to delay than release it with broken code. It’s a tough decision, but the right one.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Abol_fa

    i’m still listening to debut trailer’s song xD it’s so so so so so so bad that it’s delayed:(

    #45 4 years ago
  46. night_tripper

    This isn’t too bad for me im getting assasins creed brotherhood,gt5,and cod black ops in november so it will save me money and i would rather them get a finished polished game out then rush it.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. mattrobbo670

    to be honest if this would affect the new gameplay mechanics i dont mind waiting a little longer

    #47 4 years ago
  48. Michael O’Connor

    Awwww. =(

    This makes Michael a sad panda.

    But hey, if it means the final product is all the more polished because of this, its a delay that’s worth it. I want LBP2 to be the best game it can be when its finally released.

    #48 4 years ago