LittleBigPlanet Confirmed for Fall, Game Not Yet Alpha, Possible Late Spring Beta (Updated)

Update: Media Molecule has discussed the possibility of a beta in the late spring, SCEA tells Shacknews, though nothing is set in stone at this time. The company also clarified that the fall Blu-ray release will be global.

Original Story: During a real-time demonstration of Media Molecule's highly-anticipated user-driven cooperative platformer LittleBigPlanet (PS3) today at a Sony event at CES in Las Vegas, it was revealed that the game is currently planned for a fall 2008 release. Previously, the game was expected early this year. nope

The news comes as official confirmation of previous rumors on which Sony refused to comment.

At one point, the game froze mid-demonstration, prompting a representative to note that LittleBigPlanet has not yet reached alpha state. Alpha generally designates a game that is largely feature-complete but still not stable.

Sony unveiled a new level theme for the game, set in India and containing various Indian and Hindu imagery including elephants and many-limbed deities. It was also announced that players will now be able to die in the game, perhaps in response to concerns that LittleBigPlanet's open nature and player-driven levels would otherwise have a lack of tension. Shacknews will have more detailed impressions of the latest showing of LittleBigPlanet later today.

Requests for comment have been sent to publisher Sony Computer Entertainment.