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LittleBigPlanet Vita review

Handmade, handheld.

VideoLittleBigPlanet for PlayStation Vita trailer

Handheld version coming later this year.

Key events

20th September 2012

LittleBigPlanet Vita review

9th November 2009

LittleBigPlanet

11th December 2008

LBP costumes lead PSN update

12th October 2008

LittleBigPlanet

10th December 2007

LittleBigPlanet pirate trailer

Sony on the new PS3, Vita sales, the decline of 3D and the threat of the Wii U

FeatureSony on the new PS3, Vita sales, the decline of 3D and the threat of the Wii U

Yesterday Sony launched a new PS3. Today we find out why.

Yesterday Sony launched a new, lighter, slimmer PlayStation 3 just in time for Christmas. The PlayStation 3 super slim, or the super duper slim as Bertie called it during our live report of Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference last week, comes in two flavours in the UK: a mammoth 500GB edition (out now) and a teeny tiny 12GB edition (out 12th October). Sony doesn't set the price of its hardware in the UK (more on that later), but shops are live now with their offers (GAME has the exclusive on the PS3 500GB FIFA 13 bundle for £250).

But why has Sony revised the PS3 hardware yet again? And let's not forget the PS Vita, which by all accounts has sold terribly since its February launch. How's that doing? When will Sony cut the price? And what about those bigger memory cards? And where's 3D gaming gone? Sony used to love that. Now it's on the down-low. And what about the Wii U? How will Nintendo's new console impact PlayStation?

Armed with these questions we spoke with Sony UK boss Fergal Gara at Eurogamer Expo to get answers.

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LittleBigPlanet Vita review

LittleBigPlanet Vita review

Handmade, handheld.

It shouldn't make sense. What place does a game in which a chew toy jumps through shoebox dioramas filled with peeling wallpaper, worn rugs and offcuts from grandma's fabric drawer have on some of humankind's most technologically-advanced entertainment hardware? Sony's task is usually to cover up the joins in its work - to arrange the plastic, glass and buttons to resemble sleek, black pebbles popped straight from the future. It seems curious that a game hand-stitched in Guildford should have ended up the poster boy for Sony's corporate wonder-conjuring.

While no game would be better suited to sale on Etsy or a stall at an artisan fête, LittleBigPlanet's handicraft approach runs deeper than mere aesthetic - and it's here that the secret to the synergy is found. In play, you often notice the ropes and pulleys reeling past gaps in the scenery as doors open and bridges lower. The curtain flaps open so you see the sticks on which enemies animate into a scene; the craft behind the magic. You spy the machinations of level design, the digital nuts and bolts that work the level designer's ideas.

LittleBigPlanet shows its workings - not least via the powerful level editor with which much of the game's campaign was constructed - because, at heart, it is a game about the spectacle of ingenuity. I can't believe they did that, it hopes you'll say.

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LittleBigPlanet Vita release date announced

LittleBigPlanet Vita release date announced

The boost the handheld needs?

LittleBigPlanet PS Vita will be released in Europe on 19th September, the PlayStation blog has revealed.

The US must wait until the following Tuesday, 25th September to buy the game.

Pre-order to get the special BioShock or Knights of Old costumes.

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LittleBigPlanet Vita pre-orders get BioShock costumes

Update: GAME gets BioShock costumes, Amazon gets the Knights pack.

Update: Sony has confirmed to us that in the UK GAME will carry the BioShock costumes, while Amazon will ship with the Knights pack. These pre-order bonuses will be live on the retailers' sites tomorrow.

How to register for the LittleBigPlanet Vita beta

Sony has opened registrations for the LittleBigPlanet Vita beta.

To have a chance at gaining access to the beta, head to the LBP beta sign-up website to register your interest.

For some reason, to get onto the sign-up website, you have to copy the URL and paste it into your browser. Here's the URL: https://psnbeta.eu.playstation.com/LittleBigPlanetVita/enroll.php

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FeatureClever Game Pricing, Not Just Games, Is Key to Vita's Success

The last piece to the Vita puzzle is perhaps the most important.

Sony's cards are on the table at last. All six of them, in fact, as part of the WAAR (wide area augmented reality) feature Vita developers have been banging on about recently, with the console able to register up to six cards at once to create fancy AR experiences on the fly.

Double Eleven now exclusive to Sony

Double Eleven now exclusive to Sony

LittleBigPlanet Vita dev joins the family.

Double Eleven, the new UK studio behind LittleBigPlanet Vita, has signed an exclusivity deal with Sony.

Formed by former Rockstar Leeds staff in 2010, the developer will continue to work on the LittleBigPlanet franchise as well as develop new titles for all Sony platforms.

"For us to become strong partners with Sony at such a crucial stage in our own development underlines the unswerving commitment we have made to the quality of our production," commented CEO Lee Hutchinson.

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LBP Vita to "revolutionise" portable

Sackboy's latest brings "new ways to play".

Sony has lifted the lid on how LittleBigPlanet is making the transition to the newly named PlayStation Vita, promising to "revolutionise portable gaming" in the process.

4 million LittleBigPlanet levels shared

It would take 78 years to try them all.

More than four million user-created levels have been shared around the world in PlayStation 3 DIY platformer LittleBigPlanet, publisher Sony has announced.

LittleBigPlanet aces score dream jobs

How two fans landed Media Molecule roles.

For any youngsters reading, here's something to show your parents next time they tell you to turn the games console off and do your homework.

LittleBigPlanet Wiki goes live

MM talks up new community resource.

The LittleBigPlanet Wiki, a new community resource where users can share creative methods, has just gone live, developer Media Molecule has announced.

PSP2 games: the NGP line-up

Uncharted! Killzone! WipEout! Resistance!

The first batch of games announced for Sony's brand new NGP (Next Generation Portable - a.k.a PSP2) handheld are as follows.

LittleBigPlanet 2 Engine Face-Off

Digital FoundryLittleBigPlanet 2 Engine Face-Off

How LBP1 levels are improved in LBP2.

Media Molecule's commitment to its community of level designers is impressive. With LittleBigPlanet 2, not only is the developer promising backwards compatibility with the full range of user-generated content out there, but the stages themselves automatically get a visual boost thanks to the radical enhancements made to the game's rendering engine.

For this blog post, which acts as a precursor to an extensive tech analysis tomorrow, LittleBigPlanet level design enthusiast David Coombes has put together a range of small levels designed to explicitly showcase some of the improvements made to the engine, and to test out some of the improvements discussed by Media Molecule's Alex Evans in Digital Foundry's pre-E3 tech interview.

One of the classic tests for lighting accuracy is the Cornell Box, which can be very accurately recreated with the content creation tools in the LittleBigPlanet, and then easily imported into the sequel's beta code.

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Digital FoundryTech Interview: LittleBigPlanet 2

Alex Evans on building a platform for games.

In Digital Foundry's last Saturday feature before the onslaught of E3, we talk to one of Media Molecule's tech masterminds, Alex Evans, about the origins of the company's association with Sony and how they got to grips with unique PlayStation 3 architecture.

Sony acquires Media Molecule

LittleBigPlanet dev joins ranks.

Sony's list of strong first-party studios has grown this afternoon with the acquisition LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule.

Media Molecule hails BAFTA success

"More versatility" coming to LittleBigPlanet.

Another awards night, another prize for Media Molecule, which last night collected the BAFTA for Best Videogame at the 2009 Children's Awards, having picked up the Artistic Achievement prize at the gaming ceremony earlier this year.

Huge LittleBigPlanet patch today

Huge LittleBigPlanet patch today

Four-player map making!

Media Molecule will roll a LittleBigPlanet patch called Leedrammer out today that adds, among other things, four-player online cooperative map-making! Until now, only two could work together on new stages.

Leedrammer also brings location-based matchmaking and a faster, improved save system that backs-up profiles and levels (hooray!). There's twice as much space for photos and costumes on the Popit menu too.

Head over to the Media Molecule website for a roundup of the smaller changes as well as a video walkthrough of the Leadrammer update.

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Obama backs games in education

LittleBigPlanet to play an important role.

US President Barack Obama has revealed a new education initiative that will enlist the help of games like LittleBigPlanet to get kids interested in science and maths.

LittleBigPlanet on PSP Store today

Despite US digital delay.

Sony has told Eurogamer that the PSP version of LittleBigPlanet will be uploaded to the PlayStation Store in Europe today ahead of the game's retail release tomorrow. It will cost £21.99 online.

LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet

Now even littler.

"Play, create, share." That's the official motto - or tagline, depending how cynical you are - of LittleBigPlanet. The idea being you play through a series of platforming levels, create your own (with the option to throw in items collected during the platforming bit), and share them online.

That's the idea, but it doesn't sum up everyone's experience of LittleBigPlanet on PS3. For some of us it was more like, "Play, create, realise game design is quite hard actually, give up." For others, "Play, complain about the controls being too floaty, go back to Resistance." LBP may have earned an impressive set of review scores thanks to the charming central character, uniquely realised artistic vision, impressive level of technical achievement and huge scope for creativity, but some people just want to shoot a monster in the face.

If you fall into that category, the PSP version of LittleBigPlanet won't pull you out. Development duties may have fallen to another studio, SCEE Cambridge, but it's clear the team there has worked hard to stay true to Media Molecule's vision. The result is a game which is just as pretty, inventive and enjoyable as the original, and slightly less floaty. Which is of course good news for those of us who were hooked by LBP first time around.

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LBP sequel would be 

LBP sequel would be "counterproductive"

Would split community, says Mm man.

Media Molecule has apparently dismissed the notion of doing a sequel to its PS3 platformer LittleBigPlanet.

"We'd never want to do that," level designer Danny Leaver told Critical Gamer (thanks Kotaku).

"That'd be the most counterproductive thing you could do I think."

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Demos galore line the PS3 Store

Katamari! FIFA! LBP! Fat Princess!

Demos for Katamari Forever, FIFA 10, Fat Princess and LittleBigPlanet are the star attractions on the PlayStation Store this week.

PSN update: Smash Cars, Battle Tanks

PSN update: Smash Cars, Battle Tanks

Plus Buzz! Home space and loads of DLC.

The PS3 Store refresher boasts new games, demos and DLC aplenty, while PlayStation Home opens a new Events Space for Buzz!

Get questions right and a tomato will be lobbed at a rotating Buzz statue. Get 10 questions right in a row and you will unlock a tomato head to put on your Home avatar.

Smash Cars and Battle Tanks are the low-key PSN additions, although their price - £12 and £8 respectively - is steep. Conversely, Crash Commando has had a price-cut to promote new content added today.

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No multiplayer in LittleBigPlanet PSP

Everything else is in and jump's tweaked.

Sony has had to cut multiplayer out of LittleBigPlanet in order to get it to work on the PSP, but other than that the game's remarkably complete.

LBP GOTY edition for September

Bundles PSN DLC, special levels.

Sony has unveiled a Game of the Year edition of LittleBigPlanet, which will launch across North America on 8th September. There's no word on European plans yet.

LBP recall was "double-edged sword"

Mm co-founder admits it wasn't all bad.

Media Molecule may have been "shellshocked and gutted" when LittleBigPlanet had to be recalled to remove a reference to the Qur'an, but developer Alex Evans has said in hindsight there were some positives.

LBP to get new web-based portal

So it's easier to share levels around.

Media Molecule's Alex Evans has revealed that LittleBigPlanet will be getting a web-based portal that users can easily share and advertise their levels on.

Sony confirms R&C content for LBP

Sony confirms R&C content for LBP

Won't say when or what, though.

Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer that Ratchet & Clank content is "in the works" for LittleBigPlanet, "But we don't have any further details at this time."

The company was responding to developer Insomniac's Twitter, which posted a Tweet from "mmalex" (Media Molecule's Alex Evans).

"lbp levells coming, r&c content done, coming soon hopefully, up next for mm, big pack, bigger than mgs even," Tweeted Evans.

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Wolverine, Killzone head PSN update

Wolverine, Killzone head PSN update

Healthy pile of content to sift through.

Scratchy Marvel superhero Wolverine is the growl of the town this week; the film launched on Wednesday and the game arrives tomorrow. There's a demo here to try out, and our review is poised, ready to strike. Hint: brutal but banal.

The other eye-catcher is the Steel & Titanium map pack for Killzone 2, adding an extra pair of multiplayer maps. The Cops and Robbers mode - does what it says on the tin - for Burnout Paradise might be worth a look, too. Expensive, though.

The rest is fairly run-of-the-mill. Incidentally, the Brain Challenge Bundle is a brain-teaser game plus add-on packs.

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Sony launches LBP on YouTube

Sony launches LBP on YouTube

Runs meaty competition.

Sony has made and launched an official YouTube channel for LittleBigPlanet.

Here be videos of user-created content and community shenanigans, as well as tutorials from developer Media Molecule, cultural collaborations, challenges and all sorts of hints and tips.

Sony also plans to run special weekly giveaways for the community. The first of these challenges players to pick a country or area of the world, base a level on it, film the level, write the theme tune, sing the theme tune, then submit the film. Grand prize is a pair of around the world tickets, 14 nights accommodation and GBP 1000 spending money.

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GDC: Mm is "halfway through" LBP

Content creation is "least finished part".

In a candid Game Developers Conference session, Mark Healey and Alex Evans - leading lights of LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule - revealed that the studio wants to develop the game much further.

LBP has nearly 2m online users

Around 650,000 user-generated levels.

LittleBigPlanet has nearly two million online users, Sony America said on Friday, and between them they have uploaded nearly 650,000 levels.

Wheelman demo, lots of DLC for PSN

SFIV, Everybody's Golf, LBP, etc.

Sony has updated the PlayStation Store with a Wheelman demo, some more DLC for Street Fighter IV, Everybody's Golf, LittleBigPlanet and Buzz, and the digital download version of Patapon 2 for PSP.

LittleBigPlanet boss hails BAFTA win

"I can explain it to my mum."

Media Molecule co-founder Mark Healey has expressed his delight at LittleBigPlanet's BAFTA success, revealing that the Artistic Achievement gong was "secretly the one I really hope we would win".

LittleBigPlanet cleans up at AIAS awards

While Bruce Shelley enters Hall of Fame.

Forget the Oscars, LittleBigPlanet has cleaned up at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' annual awards shindig, collecting eight gongs including best game, best console game and best game direction.

FeatureTop 10 LittleBigPlanet Levels

Things to make and do.

Nobody could accuse of Media Molecule of cynicism. LittleBigPlanet's introduction has the ever-reassuring Stephen Fry refer to Planet Earth as "an orb of dreams", inhabited by creatures boasting "vast imaginations" that are "charged with creative energy". The scriptwriters have obviously never watched Jeremy Kyle or spent an evening down our local Wetherspoons, else they'd be more likely to characterise humanity as being "vastly cretinous" and "charged with GBH".

BAFTA game nominations revealed

COD4, Fable II, GTAIV, LBP top the bill.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is heading up the nominations for the British Academy Video Game Awards this year, which take place in London on 10th March.

LBP the creative star of 2008 - Molyneux

"One of the defining titles on PS3."

Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux has hailed LittleBigPlanet as the most important creative innovation of 2008, ahead of his own dog-filled role-playing adventure Fable II.

MGS4 Sackboys sighted in Asia

Festive LBP download confirmed, too.

Kotaku has spotted that the Asian PSN website has details of the Metal Gear Solid Sackboy costumes for LittleBigPlanet up, and there are a couple of surprises.

Call of Duty still dominant in UK

But LittleBigPlanet starts to sell.

There's no change at the top of the All-Format UK Charts this week as Call of Duty: World at War, Mario Kart Wii and FIFA 09 hold firm in the top three positions.

LBP costumes lead PSN update

LBP costumes lead PSN update

Festive cupboards filled with goods.

Sony has restocked the PlayStation Store cupboards to include a free Santa outfit for LittleBigPlanet. Ho ho ho.

The same game also hails the arrival of four Street Fighter-themed costumes, featuring togs worn by Ryu, Chun-Li, Guile and Zangief. These are GBP 1.59 a pop, or all four for GBP 4.79.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords - Revenge of the Plague Lord is up for grabs at GBP 15.99. And full games NBA Live '09 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour '09 can be downloaded for GBP 29.99 and GBP 31.99, respectively.

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Street Fighter Sackboys imminent?

Pictures certainly suggest as much.

As if Sephiroth and Solid Snake were not enough, Sony seems to have lined up a Street Fighter IV quartet for Sackboy treatment ahead of the game's 20th February release.

Sony responds to lacklustre LBP sales

Sony responds to lacklustre LBP sales

"Sackboy hasn't even hit his stride yet."

Sony UK has told Eurogamer that the company is "pleased" with sales for LittleBigPlanet, and believes "Sackboy hasn't even hit his stride yet".

The comments came in response to a lacklustre UK all-formats chart performance for the game, which debuted at four then tumbled, this week, to 19.

"We're really pleased with the initial reaction to LittleBigPlanet, which has been our highest scoring game ever, I believe, with a Metacritic score of 95 per cent and a huge list of 10/10s or 100 per cent scores. We are also pleased with its commercial performance," a spokesperson for Sony UK said.

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Rare LBP download up for grabs

Design a level and win a crown.

Creatively-minded LittleBigPlanet players have been given the chance to win a rare Prize Crown via Sony's latest LittleBigChallenge.

PSN update stuffed with new content

PSN update stuffed with new content

Games, LBP costumes, songs, Hasselhoff.

Sony has crammed plenty of content onto the PlayStation Store this week.

The most of expensive bits are full downloadable versions of PSP games FIFA 09 (GBP 29.99) and puzzler The Cube (GBP 15.99), which we had no idea were turning up.

However, the most interesting - for us at least - are the new costumes for LittleBigPlanet. Yes, we do like dressing up. There's a free Sack-eating-plant outfit, and four more costumes at GBP 0.79 each: Lily Pad, Hugo (a gorilla), Great Blue and Frost-e. These are bundled together in an Animal Costumes pack for GBP 2.39.

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Gears 2 top UK chart, LBP in fourth

Also slow start for MotorStorm, EndWar.

Gears of War 2 has blasted its way to the top of the UK chart while LittleBigPlanet managed fourth behind FIFA 09 and Fallout 3.

GTA IV, LBP boost Japanese PS3 sales

GTA IV, LBP boost Japanese PS3 sales

But DSi launch dwarfs competition.

Grand Theft Auto IV has thundered to the top of the Japanese chart this week, selling more than double the number of copies of LittleBigPlanet - which makes its chart debut at three.

Not that Sony will mind too much, as the PS3 version of GTA IV proved the most popular with 133,000 sales - nearly 100,000 more than on Xbox 360, according to Media Create data on NeoGAF.

Both GTA IV and LittleBigPlanet also helped boost PS3 hardware sales, which rocketed up to 39,587, making the Sony machine the best selling console in Japan this week.

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LittleBigPlanet expert guides

Watch our videos. Make better stuff.

After a rather unfortunate sequence of events that resulted in Sony's biggest game of the year being pulled, tweaked and re-pressed after its first shipment, LittleBigPlanet finally hit UK stores this week.

FeatureEurogamer Expo: Top 10 Games

As voted for by you.

First things first, apologies if you were disappointed, having read our Eurogamer Expo preview on Monday, to discover that the MotorStorm: Pacific Rift vehicle outside the Expo entrance was a monster truck instead of a Humvee. We are also sorry that so many of you missed the chance to touch Bertie's moustache, which endures even now atop the sweater-clad granite torso and arms of news-typing sultriness.

Sony still "investigating" LBP issues

Server problems remain after 1.03 patch.

Sony has said that it is still "investigating the cause" of LittleBigPlanet online issues. Meanwhile, copies of the game on both sides of the Atlantic have been patched to version 1.03.

LittleBigPlanet servers switched on

Ahead of next week's European launch.

We've had the patch that fixes the song, and with the game starting to filter through to US gamers and heading to UK retail in the middle of next week, Media Molecule has finally flipped the switch on the LittleBigPlanet servers.

Media Molecule

Media Molecule "at work on a sequel"

So says BBC reporter covering LBP.

Media Molecule is already developing a sequel to LittleBigPlanet, according to a report from BBC technology editor Darren Waters.

In a report published on Friday (thanks vg247), Waters wrote, "Even before the game has hit the shops, the team are already at work on a sequel."

Sadly there's no corroborative commentary from anyone at Media Molecule in the report, and Sony has yet to respond to requests for comment.

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FeatureLittleBigPlanet: Taming the Burger Monster

Making fun with Eurogamer's level contest winner.

I'd like to bring you better news about the tomato-sauce rocket, but I'm afraid I can't. The team spent hours crafting it, nursing it through that eleventh-hour transformation from mayonnaise to ketchup (the switch was made "in case the mayonnaise coming out the end gives people the wrong idea" in the words of our star designer), building it out of polystyrene so that it was light enough to take to the skies but still allowed Sackboy to cling onto it for the ride, and finally constructing, one at a time, the hamburger buns that would cushion its landing.

LBP 1.02 patch sorts out dodgy song

LBP 1.02 patch sorts out dodgy song

Religious intolerance defeated!

It's patch city and LittleBigPlanet's the mayor! After this morning's news of a 1.01 patch, heroic reader Luke informs us that 1.02 is now available.

This one does neuter Tourmani Diabaté's song "Tapha Niang", silencing the two lyrics borrowed from the Qur'an, putting the game into the state it will presumably be when you all get hold of it in two weeks' time. In actual fact, it removes the entire vocal track, leaving a pleasant instrumental.

There's no word on what else the patch does, but then you won't notice, since the game isn't out yet. Unless you're in the secret club, obviously, in which case you can join us sulking about how the game servers aren't online yet.

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LBP 1.01 patch doesn't update song

LBP 1.01 patch doesn't update song

Tapha Niang unchanged, jetpack tweaked.

Sony has patched LittleBigPlanet to version 1.01, but this isn't the patch that removes controversial lyrics from Tourmani Diabaté's song "Tapha Niang".

Eurogamer downloaded the patch this morning, but the controversial lyrics identified since the game's worldwide recall last Friday can still be heard.

So what does the patch do? We're waiting to hear back from Sony for the official line, but posters on the PlayStation.com forum noticed that the jetpack can now be turned off with the circle button. Previously you had to shake the Sixaxis or DualShock3.

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"Quite normal" to sing the Qur'an - artist

BBC report examines LBP recall.

Speaking to the BBC's News at Ten TV programme, Toumani Diabate, the Malian singer of the music track that has caused the delay to LittleBigPlanet's release, has defended his lyrics.

New LittleBigPlanet release date

New LittleBigPlanet release date

Qur'an thing costs Sony a fortnight.

Sony Europe has said that LittleBigPlanet "will start to appear in stores no later than the week commencing Monday 3rd November in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, on a country by country basis".

The platform holder added: "We appreciate all the enthusiasm surrounding this much anticipated title and we would like to thank PlayStation fans for their support and understanding."

In case you missed all this, LBP has been delayed after last-minute testing confirmed that one of the background tracks includes Qur'an references. Developer Media Molecule prepared a patch, which would have fixed it immediately, but Sony decided to recall every copy of the game worldwide to replace the disc with a new master version.

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LittleBigPlanet developer "shellshocked"

New date imminent, eBay prices mental.

LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule has said it is "shellshocked and gutted" at having to recall and remaster the PS3 platformer worldwide after a community member spotted references to the Qur'an in one of its background tunes.

LittleBigPlanet level compo winner!

Level to be in-game and at EG Expo.

Eurogamer is delighted to announce that Michael Williams, better known to you lot as Lazlow, has triumphed in our LittleBigPlanet level design competition!

LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet

The little game that could.

It was the little game with big ideas. A compact, cute PS3 platform game from a tiny indie studio that wanted the world to muck in with its making, using level and object creation tools. But with time (and not very much of it at that), LittleBigPlanet became a very big game indeed.

It took off, like one of its own rocket-propelled skateboards. It became the poster-child for a new generation of gaming; commentators and Sony executives showered it in buzzwords, talking up connected communities creating constellations of content, portraying LittleBigPlanet as Spore in skate pants.

Sony got giddy with all the reflected glory and love. First it promoted the game's Sackboy avatar to platform mascot and ubiquitous totem of cool, and then elevated LittleBigPlanet itself to the status of a triple-A, blockbuster tent-pole of its entire platform strategy. It as good as said that this was the game that would save PS3, and even those who'd loved it at first sight had to wonder whether Media Molecule's funky experiment could take the strain.

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LittleBigPlanet review on Sunday

LittleBigPlanet review on Sunday

Stay up to see what we make of it.

LittleBigPlanet has been winning headlines with consummate ease ever since its announcement at GDC last year, so it's my pleasure to tell you that one of the first reviews of the finished game will be posted on Eurogamer at midnight on Sunday.

Just so there's no doubt about that, I'm going to hit the button at 11.59pm. You can all read it a minute later. The game's obviously destroyed our web-servers once, with the beta key giveaway, but hopefully they will hold in two days' time now that we've upgraded them a bit.

LittleBigPlanet is, of course, Media Molecule's fascinating new 2D platform game where every level is something that the player could then go off and recreate in its entirety using the creation tools included.

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LBP beta levels will survive - Evans

LBP beta levels will survive - Evans

Just two weeks until release.

Media Molecule's Alex Evans has reportedly said that levels created with the LittleBigPlanet beta will be transferred into the final game after all.

1UP ran around after him in Tokyo shouting (probably), and eventually he turned around and with typical mild manners informed them that it's all fine, and their pendulous custom genitals will be preserved.

Yesterday, you may have spotted a PlayStation.com poll that encouraged fans of the game to vote on whether beta levels should be kept or scratched. Not surprisingly, everyone said they should be kept.

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Shall we scrub LBP beta levels, asks Sony

Shall we scrub LBP beta levels, asks Sony

Results of online poll will be decisive.

Sony wants to know if it should delete all the things you've made using the LittleBigPlanet beta, which ends on 12th October.

"As many of you are doubtless aware, at present we are not planning to make shared creations from the beta test available in the full version of the game. However, we're aware that a lot of time and effort has been put into what you've created so far," the company wrote on the official PlayStation.com LBP forum.

"With this in mind we're going to give you the choice! Whether you took part in the LittleBigPlanet beta test or not your opinion counts - would you rather that created levels and items from the beta test were available when the game launches, or would you rather we removed everything and the shared side of the game started from scratch? Vote before Monday October 13th, and we'll go with whichever option receives more votes!"

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Healey wants LBP to work with PlayTV

We're so making a Neighbours level.

Got PlayTV for your PlayStation 3? Planning to buy LittleBigPlanet? If Media Molecule co-founder Mark Healey gets his way, you could end up watching last night's Eastenders in-game and pasting stickers all over Ian Beale's smug face.

Sony explains Sackboy toy shortages

Production held up until launch.

Sony has explained to Eurogamer that there has been a slight production hiccup with the Sackboy toys, meaning they won't be shipped in time to be sent with pre-ordered copies of LittleBigPlanet.

LittleBigPlanet boss reveals PSP vision

"Companion products" would link with PS3.

Media Molecule co-founder Mark Healey has outlined his vision for a handheld LittleBigPlanet, revealing how gamers could create content on the move to add later into the PlayStation 3 version.

LittleBigPlanet beta keys still available

LittleBigPlanet beta keys still available

In return for decent level designs.

Good news if you missed out first time round: there's still a way to get onto the LittleBigPlanet beta. We've got 150 more keys to give out to people who enter our LittleBigPlanet level-making competition.

Calm down though! In order to give you time to put thought and care into your level designs, we'll be waiting until Friday to distribute the 150 keys to randomly chosen entrants. Anyone who has submitted a level by Friday - including those of you who have already done so - is in with a chance of getting one of the keys.

All we ask is that you try a little harder than emailing us a photo of your cat, as we are verifying the entries as they arrive. Good try though!

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LittleBigPlanet beta keys all gone!

LittleBigPlanet beta keys all gone!

That didn't take long.

Update:All of the LittleBigPlanet keys have gone! Sorry for all those who had trouble connecting during the stampede, and apologies to those who missed out.

LittleBigPlanet needs no introduction, and if it did, Sony would use trumpets and red carpet for the occasion. This, we've been told, is the PS3 game of 2008. And we're inclined to agree.

So, we're excited to have teamed up with Sony to give away a whopping 5800 keys for the LittleBigPlanet beta. 5800! And all you have to do to get one is head to our LittleBigPlanet giveaway page and click a button.

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LBP would not work on 360 "as it is"

PS3 hard drive, Blu-ray a large factor.

Media Molecule boss Alex Evans has said LittleBigPlanet "as it is" would not work on Xbox 360, mainly because the game had been developed with only one system in mind.

LBP public beta sometime this month

LBP public beta sometime this month

Media Molecule to stress-test sharing.

Media Molecule plans to run a public beta for LittleBigPlanet at some point this month.

"There will be a limited public beta test for LittleBigPlanet in September," said developer "Sam_Protagonist" on the official PlayStation forums, spotted by Kotaku.

"If it will be possible to 'sign up' for this test, full information on how to do so will be made public in advance of the test. Similarly if the test is going to be conducted in an invitation-only [way] we will let you know ahead of time."

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Disney DLC for LBP just an example - Sony

All sorts of third-parties in talks.

Sony has told Eurogamer that official Disney downloadable content for LittleBigPlanet has only been mentioned as an example of third-party support, adding that nothing has been finalised.

FeatureMedia Molecule's Alex Evans

Setting the borders for LittleBigPlanet.

Who would have thought, with all the marketing millions and pretensions of cool behind Sony's PlayStation 3, that its most iconic characters in 2008 could end up being a nicotine-loving geriatric in skin-tight latex and a doll made out of burlap cloth? The geriatric, at least, was something we expected. The sack doll? Not so much.

LittleBigPlanet release date

Sony Europe boss David Reeves has revealed that LittleBigPlanet will be released in PAL territories on 29th October.

Media Molecule's ambitious 2D-platform-game-with-physics is the Emperor Penguin of Christmas releases, with Sony grooming cover-star Sackboy as the new face of the PS3.

As well as a full single-player game, LBP's big thing is that you can make your own levels - and could actually build the entire game as it is using the tools provided, which is of course what Media Molecule did.

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New LittleBigPlanet website launches

New LittleBigPlanet website launches

Promises to deliver the latest news.

Sony has launched a new website for forthcoming PS3 exclusive LittleBigPlanet.

There's not much to see yet, but apparently the site will keep us "informed, educated and hopefully excited" about LBP in future. There's also an interactive feature if you click on the SackBoy at the top right. We've just spent several minutes playing with rainbows and butterflies.

LittleBigPlanet is out this October. You can read all about it, view screenshots and watch videos over on the gamepage.

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Pre-order LBP, get free goodies

If you live in the US, anyway.

Pre-order LittleBigPlanet in North America and you'll get some exclusive bonus goodies, according to the US PlayStation blog.

"Loads of plans" for LittleBigPlanet DLC

Media Molecule keen to meet demand.

Developer Media Molecule has "a rather scarily long list of great ideas for ways to support the community" after LittleBigPlanet launches - but is waiting to see what people want first.

LBP dev hints at another big reveal

One "people don't see coming".

Media Molecule co-founder Alex Evans wants to do another big "reveal" for LittleBigPlanet - and reckons the game has plenty left to surprise us with.

LBP gets Japanese release date

LBP gets Japanese release date

Official website reveals all.

The Japanese website for LittleBigPlanet is displaying what appears to be a definitive date for the game's release.

Take a look and you'll see October 30th is displayed numerically down on the bottom left.

So will the game get a simultaneous release in Europe? Well, Sony's already promised us it'll be out in October, so maybe it's down for the 30th here too.

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All LBP user content to be free at launch

All LBP user content to be free at launch

Sony says money talk was premature.

Sony Europe has told Eurogamer that all user-generated content in LittleBigPlanet will be free at launch.

The publisher was clarifying comments made by David Reeves to PS3 Fanboy. He said you will be able to make money by selling your LBP creations using an "iTunes meets eBay" system, and even teased that we may see someone become a millionaire off the back of it.

"SCEE and Media Molecule can guarantee that all consumer-generated content will be free at launch. We know how important this is to the LBP community and what we want most is for people to enjoy playing, creating and sharing their content," Sony told Eurogamer.

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LittleBigPlanet

New level, online features, and making faces.

Soft-spoken Media Molecule co-founder Alex Evans is showing off LittleBigPlanet to a roomful of press, and we're stood behind him blowing raspberries and wailing. Obviously. He doesn't seem to mind. Five minutes in, he asked if anyone wanted to play along, and inexplicably we were the only people to put our hands up (both of them, while hopping up and down). So now we're cycling the Sackboy emotes with the d-pad and using the DualShock 3 tilt function to angle our puppet avatar's head so he's watching his dad.

LittleBigPlanet beta already under way

LittleBigPlanet beta already under way

Media Molecule hopes to include you.

Media Molecule co-founder David Smith has told Eurogamer that LittleBigPlanet is already being beta tested and he hopes to include you lot soon.

"A beta trial is really important for us to make a game like this. We already have trials in progress! It should gradually grow to include more people," Smith said.

"The beta is starting off in a very controlled way, but will hopefully open up to lots more people. We aren't at a stage yet to know what direction we need to go with this. Personally, I'd love the beta to have as many people as possible, but we need to wait and see."

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Trophies confirmed for LittleBigPlanet

Trophies confirmed for LittleBigPlanet

Plus: plans for beta still on track.

Media Molecule's David Smith has confirmed trophies will feature in LittleBigPlanet - and offered a hint at what you can expect.

During a live text interview with Eurogamer Smith said, "We've been having a lot of fun working out what trophies most fit our game. Because we have this catchphrase of 'Play, Create, Share', the trophies (and indeed some of the other scoring systems) reflect this."

He was responding to a question from reader 'will.', who wrote, "Personally, I'm looking out for 'Rocket sack - launch your sackboy into the heavens!'"

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Media Molecule surprised by LBP's hype

Didn't expect "a lead title on a platform".

LittleBigPlanet is the PlayStation 3's great white hope for 2008 - an ambitious, abstract physics game built around user-created content - but developer Media Molecule admits that the hype has taken it by surprise.

Sony quiet on LBP beta date

Sony quiet on LBP beta date

Reluctant to narrow it down.

Sony has told Eurogamer that it has made no announcements about the LittleBigPlanet beta dates so far.

It was responding after comments from producer Kyle Schubel from Sony in the land of America, who told PSU that a closed beta for the game would begin this summer.

"I'm afraid we haven't yet made any announcements as to the dates of the LittleBigPlanet beta trials, and are not yet able to confirm a specific month," a spokesperson for Sony Europe told us. "In terms of the game's release date, we are still tracking a September launch."

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LittleBigPlanet

Heap big awesome.

At one point in our demonstration of LittleBigPlanet, someone asks a simple question about the physical interaction of the materials you can use to create stuff in its sticky-back-plastic platform-game world. It's answered, wordlessly, by level designer Dan Leaver. In a minute or two, he creates a constellation of blocks of concrete, wood and sponge hanging in mid-air. Then he exits edit mode - effectively un-pausing the game - and they crash to earth convincingly, tumbling, bouncing and squashing each other.

FeatureComing Attractions: The Lost Levels

Wii Fit, Home, Rock Band and more.

Shooters and sports games. RPGs and racers. Strategy and simulation, action and adventure. The lines may blur but for the most part you know where you are with these. If a game's got guns, cars, football or wizards, it's easy to see where it fits.

Sony confirms LittleBigPlanet for Sept

Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer that LittleBigPlanet will be released in September.

It follows word from a source on Monday who claimed this would be the case, despite Sony's reluctance to stamp its name on it.

LittleBigPlanet is essentially a tool that lets you build your own games within an overarching framework; think variations on a theme. You and three friends can then try them out, or you can share them with the rest of the PS3 community.

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LittleBigPlanet in September

Sony source says so.

A source nestled within Sony has whispered to Eurogamer that LittleBigPlanet will be on our shelves in September, echoing the same suggestions made elsewhere.

No LittleBigPlanet demo in 07

But game is due out next year.

LittleBigPlanet hopefuls may have a new trailer of a pirate ship, but they won't be getting a demo this year despite previous comments to the contrary.

LittleBigPlanet pirate trailer

Sony has released a new trailer for LittleBigPlanet showing off a pirate ship level.

Debuted during the Spike TV Videogame Awards yesterday, the Go! Team-accompanied 102-second short shows players customising their ship with seaweed, shells and the like before taking it for a ride.

Toward the end the cute, woolly little rag-doll characters zoom down a hill at speed, something they look slightly upset by, before barrelling into some blocks which tumble about the bows as they disembark.

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Reggie likes Halo, BioShock

Also intrigued by Sony's LBP.

If you've ever wondered what Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime makes of the competition, an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle has the answer: he likes the look of LittleBigPlanet, reckons the Halo trilogy is indispensable and thought BioShock was "tremendously well done".

GDC: LittleBigPlanet announced

GDC: LittleBigPlanet announced

Harrison shows his ace.

Perhaps the most exciting thing to emerge from Phil Harrison's keynote address was LittleBigPlanet, a game Sony reckons embodies its "Game 3.0" concept perfectly.

Developed by Media Molecule, it simply presents you with the tools to create your own entertainment. You start as a little brown creature who appears to be made out of wool, in a backyard like environment, bumbling around the place in an effort to work out how to interact with different bits and pieces. Once you've got this under control the whole experience opens up, allowing you to place different objects in your world using a cut and paste type system.

All of the objects are made out of materials, like wood, fabric and metal, and the whole game has a charming look.

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FeatureGDC: PlayStation 3 - the next level

Home, LittleBigPlanet and PlayStation Edge.

Sony hasn't had the easiest ride of late. Giant enemy crabs. Riiiiiidge Racer. The price. The European delay. The backward compatibility issue. Executives saying daft things. It all adds up to massive damage to its reputation.