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MM "stepping away" from LittleBigPlanet

"To focus on some new ideas."

The next big game made by Media Molecule probably won't be LittleBigPlanet 3, because the studio wants to do something new.

"We’re stepping away from Little Big Planet to focus on some new ideas," studio director Siobhan Reddy announced at Gamelab, reported by Edge Online.

As revealed earlier this week, Media Molecule will not be making the PlayStation Vita version of LittleBigPlanet. Those honours fall to UK developer Double11.

We do know, however, that Media Molecule is busy adding "much deeper" PlayStation Move support to LBP2. An update with the new and improved controls will be offered in September.

Media Molecule was founded in 2008 by former Lionhead staff, following the release of small indie game Rag Doll Kung Fu on a then fledgling Steam service.

Since then, Media Molecule has only ever worked on LittleBigPlanet-related games.

Sony splashed out and acquired Media Molecule in early 2010.

LittleBigPlanet 1 became Eurogamer's Game of the Year 2008, following a rip-roaring 9/10 review.

Eurogamer's review of LittleBigPlanet 2 also turned up 9/10.

However, try as Sony has, LittleBigPlanet and Sackboy have never reached the higher fame echelons of Mario or Master Chief or even Nathan Drake. Whether Sony will retire the LBP series forever remains to be seen.

The fantastic LittleBigPlanet 2.