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LittleBigPlanet 3 in works at Sumo Digital – rumour

Thursday, 7th February 2013 13:19 GMT By Dave Cook

LittleBigPlanet 3 is in development at Shiefield-based studio Sumo Digital, VG247 understands.

VG247 understands that British studio Sumo Digital is currently working on LittleBigPlanet 3.

Sony and Media Molecule apparently approached the developer to make the third main title in the build-and-play franchise, which has now been in the works for “well over a year”.

We were initially contacted in relation to an LBP petition, which aims to increase the level of moderation in the current games.

LittleBigPlanet has been referred to today as a “no-man’s land,” following a supposed increase in “death threats, hate speech, stalking, hacking and cyber-bullying.” The petition calls on LittleBigPlanet moderators to step up their involvement in the community to put an end to the abuse.

One source claimed that the lapse in moderation is related to Media Molecule turning its attention to Tearaway, with ongoing LittleBigPlanet development being outsourced to Sumo.

Another source confirmed that Sumo is, indeed, working on LittleBigPlanet 3. The game’s formats are unknown.

Sumo was responsible for LittleBigPlanet 2′s cross controller patch last year, which allowed Vita to be used to control the main game.

LittleBigPlanet 3 would be the sixth game in the LittleBigPlanet series. An initial PS3 release in 2008 was followed by a PSP game in 2009, LBP2 in 2011, and LBP Vita and LBP Karting last year.

Sony has responded to the sources’ claims via email. A rep said, “We don’t comment on rumour and speculation.”

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  1. monkeygourmet

    I think the Vita version of this has shown it really needs the touch screen to be a ‘complete’ game.

    Im not sure the PS4′s rumoured touchpad would work so well?

    I really think Sony should put a smallish second touch screen in the Dualshock 4, even if I will accuse them of copying Nintendo.

    It would totally make games like this even better form a user creation perspective.

    Also for games like Planet Side 2 etc… It has too happen. They may miss the boat abit if they just resort to a touch pad rather than a screen IMO…

    After using the Wii U for about 3 or so months now, it really is hard to go back to not having a second screen. Games with a creation element suddenly become possible when using this feature.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Erthazus

    “even if I will accuse them of copying Nintendo.”

    They are not going to copy Nintendo with this. You really believe they never had prototypes inside Sony?

    Nintendo fanboys.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DrDamn

    @MG
    I think it depends on the size of the touch panel. If it’s reasonably sized then it could be quite useful even if it’s not a screen. If it’s quite small (<5") then it's the like the sixaxis of motion controls.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. theevilaires

    I hope its for PS4….just imagine the possibilities you could do with a next gen LBP….btw wheres Syrok?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Kaufer

    This is too much too soon. Sony should give LBP a rest for a few years.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Erthazus

    @5, +1

    LBP 1 was fantastic, LBP 2 was nice, but I think LBP franchise just need a rest unless there is something next gen that will change the entire game.

    The most interesting part is, what MM is making for PS4.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. DebonaireToast

    Agreed – too much too soon. If they are not going to update the game to allow users to actively block players in-game, there is no reason to expand the game series. The improvements in the gameplay & create features are not enough to continue to sustain such a large community of gamers. There have been NO other social games that did not allow the players to protect themselves from abuse, and the LBP series claims to be SAFE FOR CHILDREN. This is NOT the case, that’s the reason “online interactions” have not been rated – if anyone were to actually look into it, the online interactions are FAR from child-friendly. There is almost NO moderation in the games anymore, and the LBP community know this, and exploit that vulnerability.

    EX: Last week I unfollowed someone on Twitter – they took their gripe with me to LBP to harass me there because they KNEW there is no way to stop them. (And that’s just the smallest, most recent case)

    The LBP community will not continue to support further games in the series that do not protect the players from harassment and abuse!

    #7 1 year ago
  8. mario2989

    @DebonaireToast

    LittleBIgPlanet allows parents to turn off comments on their children’s profiles in the game, and messaging can be blocked. How is that unsafe?

    #8 1 year ago