LittleBigPlanet closed beta this summer
- Posted April 30th, 2008 at 06:36 EDT by
- 15 Comments
G4 has had the chance to play Media Molecule's upcoming LittleBigPlanet, and it's looking as cute as ever!
The channel interviewed Kyle Schubel, senior producer at SCEA, who touched on a number of areas. Although the level in the hands on was created by one of the developers, it was made with the same tools that will be available to all users. And it's a pretty cool level as you'll see from the video below.
Schubel commented on the cloudy issue of dying, dismissing suggestions that the game would be too easy. During the hands on, one of the sackboys falls into a fire pit but simply respawns at a checkpoint slightly further into the level. However, we should expect "challenging physical environments" due to the physics engine and there actually are some enemies, or "meanies". Cute! These won't be enemies in the "conventional sense" however.
He went on to say that what's available to users when they first get the game will actually be a limited subset of tools. You'll have to unlock new textures and objects by playing through Media Molecule's 50 levels included on the disc.
Schubel confirmed the excellent multiplayer support - the game will support 1 to 4 players on 1 to 4 PS3s. That means up to 4 player online and offline. On the DLC side, there will be capacity for 1 million user-created levels on a planet, and the number of planets can be expanded. And to filter through the inevitable mediocre (read: rubbish) levels, you'll be able to search by popularity, upload date, what your friends have been playing, other levels created by a user and ratings.
And finally, Schubel confirmed that there will be a closed beta this summer, followed by the full release in September or October.
Check out the full video below.
- 1:38am EDT - April 30th, 2008
this game is gunna be freaking sweet,, (for my kids to play)
- 2:47am EDT - April 30th, 2008
Yeah i beleive u MadJakkal
- 2:53am EDT - April 30th, 2008
oh yes! i hope i can be included in the beta.
- 3:45am EDT - April 30th, 2008
psn id: gingo.... i'm liking the idea of making people play through the game to unlock new textures and tools for their own designs, give people something to work for
- 3:52am EDT - April 30th, 2008
He so wanted to ask her out but was to scared lol. Little big planet looks very cool. I usually only play, FPS, RPG, and Flight Sim genres but this game has my interest. I know it makes Richie from Nintendo jealous.
- 4:15am EDT - April 30th, 2008
this is the game XD
- 5:08am EDT - April 30th, 2008
this is looking wayy better than i previously expected.
- 5:12am EDT - April 30th, 2008
Thats a buy for me.... I'll love it and my future kids will love it.
- 6:19am EDT - April 30th, 2008
sounds better than ever :D it also sounds like its wedged between killzone 2 and resistance. lol. awesome.
- 8:08am EDT - April 30th, 2008
LittleBigPlanet is really a big breath of fresh air to the gaming industry. You can always leave it up to Sony to bring something new to the table and innovative. And I'm sure that LittleBigPlanet will attract a lot of casual gamers as well, the casual gaming market is HUGE. I'm interested in seeing how this game will turn out.
- 9:02am EDT - April 30th, 2008
Hum, he actually says public beta but sounds like he was discribing a closed beta... I guess theres still hope some of your average player can get in.
- 9:49am EDT - April 30th, 2008
Correction: In the video, the Sony employee says PUBLIC beta this summer. I think you might be mistaken, PSU
- 7:18pm EDT - April 30th, 2008
I hope i get in the public beta. :) Media Molecule is doing an amazing job on this game.
- 7:23pm EDT - April 30th, 2008
He says public but sounds like private. I really want in on this Beta though. This and Killzone 2.
@anonymousaversa: A "public" beta does not mean it's open to anyone and everyone. It's closed because only selected people will be able to take part. It's public because people outside of Media Molecule and Sony will be able to play.
- 12:26am EDT - May 1st, 2008
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