Sony has announced it has pulled its servers for older LittleBigPlanet titles in order to “protect the LittleBigPlanet community.”
Specifically, online servers for LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS3 version only, and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita have been pulled offline permanently.
LittleBigPlanet has been through a tough time over the past few months, as servers were pulled offline for about six weeks after a reported DDOS campaign. According to a report on Eurogamer, this was the result of a disgruntled fan who was apparently not too impressed with Sony’s treatment of the franchise.
Later on, a number of users started receiving offensive in-game error messages that popping up unexpectedly, with Sony pulling servers offline completely as a result of the ongoing attacks.
One bit of good news to come out of this is that all community content that was published on the servers for the earlier games will be available for the PS4 version of LittleBigPlanet 3. Anyway, here’s Sony’s official statement on the matter:
We would like to apologise for the extended downtime of the LittleBigPlanet server and want to thank you all for your patience whilst we worked on this issue.
We have no doubt that this news will come as a disappointment to a lot of you, ultimately this is the best way to protect the LittleBigPlanet community and to help ensure that our online environment remains safe.