UPDATE 5/7/15 10.55am There's good news today for fans of LittleBigPlanet on PlayStation Vita - Sony has at last confirmed to Eurogamer that the portable game's servers will not close outside of Japan.
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Sony has settled its dispute with Kevin Butler actor Jerry Lambert over is appearance in a Bridgestone tyre advert.
Xbox 360-exclusive Halo 4 is the new UK all-format chart number one, albeit with lower launch week sales than Halo 3 and Halo: Reach.
It did beat the launch week figures of last week's sales winner Assassin's Creed 3 - making it the UK's 18th biggest game launch ever.
It's worth remembering that Halo 4 launched last Tuesday, and thus benefited from an extra three days on sale.
LittleBigPlanet Karting is the offspring of two very distinctive parents. On the one hand you have Media Molecule's hand-stitched world of woolly platforming and Womble-esque construction, and on the other ModNation Racers, the previous kart racer from developer United Front Games. With ModNation's emphasis on customisation and user-created tracks, the combination is as obvious as it is inevitable.
Sadly, in splicing the two games together, something has been lost. The racing lacks ModNation's smarter innovations, while LittleBigPlanet's jumble-sale approach to structure loses the competitive element in a whimsical tangle that never knits together.
The front end is almost identical to the previous LittleBigPlanet games. You're in a bare cardboard pod with an array of craftwork worlds before you. Bizarrely, you can't just jump into a race and there are no cups or tournaments. Instead, progress comes from playing through a rather loose story mode, which unlocks the various planets and courses as you go.
SCEE has released Halloween-themed trailers for its following games: Puppeteer, Until Dawn, LittleBigPlanet Karting, and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.
The Puppeteer trailer seems the most Halloween-y in that it's clearly inspired by Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, something its art director Gavin Moore freely admited on the PlayStation Blog.
Sly Cooper is well-suited to the holiday as well being that it stars a guy who literally appears to be wearing a mask even when he isn't. The shady devil!
When 2012 is all said and done Sony will have released three games starring Sackboy, the nondescript hessian bag of fluff and ice cream who made his name in Media Molecule's ground-breaking create-your-own platformer LittleBigPlanet.
Bridgestone has responded to Sony's lawsuit against the tyre maker and the actor who plays Kevin Butler, the fictional Sony executive who has fronted PlayStation in the US for years.
LittleBigPlanet Karting launches in the UK and Ireland on Friday 9th November 2012, Sony has announced.
The Mario Kart-style spin-off launches across Europe on Wednesday 7th November. In the US it goes live on Tuesday, 6th November.
Beta access to LBP Karting, developed by ModNation maker United Front Games, was bestowed upon PlayStation Plus members last month. Like ModNation, LittleBigPlanet Karting's focus lies in online racing and user-generated levels, created with a powerful set of customisation tools.
More than seven million LittleBigPlanet levels have now been created by the game series' community.
Beta access to LittleBigPlanet Karting will be bestowed upon PlayStation Plus members today, Sony has announced.
Beta registration opens to Plus subscribers from 3pm UK time this afternoon and lasts for 24 hours.
Plus-endowed folk will be able to spot the LittleBigPlanet Karting beta client in the PlayStation Store. Simply download it to start playing.
Update: The beta begins on Tuesday the 10th. Those selected will start receiving codes over the next couple of weeks, and more vouchers will be dispersed as the beta continues through 31st July, Sony has announced on the EU PlayStation Blog.
Original story: LittleBigPlanet Karting beta sign-ups are open and testing will begin "soon", the Euro PlayStation blog horn has tooted.
There's a specific European LittleBigPlanet Karting beta sign-up page.
In spirit, it was LittleBigPlanet Racing all along. United Front Games' 2010 DIY kart racer, Modnation Racers, was a charming if slightly unbalanced effort driven by the same 'play, create, share' philosophy that underpins Media Molecule's creations.
William Ho, design director at UFG, calls the studios "kindred spirits", beaming: "We love them. Hopefully they love us!" Ho loves lots of things. Karting, LittleBigPlanet, and LittleBigPlanet Karting, for starters, he gleefully tells a room of journalists. I kind of love his Tango-orange trainers.
Ho is infectiously, uncynically enthusiastic about everything in that American way jaded Brits cannot seem to muster unless they work in children's television. Or at Media Molecule, whose modus operandi is to find the little spark of joy in everything and share it with as many people as possible, joyfully.
Sony has made LittleBigPlanet Karting official with a debut trailer.
It's described as a "new LBP collaboration" between series creator Media Molecule and ModNation Racers developer United Front Games, and is due out on PlayStation 3 in 2012.
Confirmed features include LBP's trademark creation in a 3D world, and online game modes, including competitive arena battles, split screen mode or online via PlayStation Network, objective based missions, and mini-games.
Sony has officially announced that LittleBigPlanet Karting is in development.
"We can confirm that LittleBigPlanet Karting is in fact in development and we look forward to sharing more on the game soon!" a message on the official PlayStation Twitter account announced.
LittleBigPlanet Kart's existence was first outed at this week's Destination PlayStation event.
Sneak peak of new Sackboy outing for PlayStation Move.
It looks like LittleBigPlanet Kart Racing is on its way to PlayStation 3.