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LittleBigPlanet holds 6 million UGC levels

LittleBigPlanet holds 6 million UGC levels

It's been one year since the launch of LittleBigPlanet 2, and the community is still very actively making new levels. Developer Media Molecule has announced that within a year's time, the community has created 2.5 million more levels, bumping up the total amount of user-created levels to a whopping six million.

"6 Million levels!," the announcement reads. "You are amazing! <3"

Watch: Some user-generated insanity »

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Best of 2011 Honorable Mention: LittleBigPlanet 2

Best of 2011 Honorable Mention: LittleBigPlanet 2

LittleBigPlanet 2 is the quintessential sequel. It is, in every way, a bigger, better, and yes, more badass game than its predecessor. LBP2 does more than offer "more of the same." Given the original's infinite expandability offered by the UGC community, it's no wonder Media Molecule attempted something drastically different for the sequel.

Read more: Why LittleBigPlanet 2 made our 'Best of 2011' list »

"My biggest beef with LBP1 was that it was too hard. I bought the game to maybe mess around with ..."
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Media Molecule spends more on R&D than it makes

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Media Molecule spends more on R&D than it makes

Media Molecule, developer behind the critically acclaimed LittleBigPlanet franchise has made quite a bit of money from Sackboy's user-generated adventures. The studio made $5.3 million dollars in its last fiscal year, but that's not quite enough to cover the cost of the studio's ambitious R&D plans. According to a leaked financial report, the company has spent $6.3 million on research and development.

Why? Because the company must "remain at the forefront of technological advances, and must bring new and often risky innovations to market."

Read more: Media Molecule looking into lasers, for real »

"R&D in game terms is just as much about prototyping gameplay and concepts. Given that they're ..."
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LittleBigPlanet 2 Special Edition includes $35 of DLC

LittleBigPlanet 2 Special Edition includes $35 of DLC

Like its predecessor, LittleBigPlanet 2 is getting a re-release of its own. Dropping the "Game of the Year" moniker as the first game, LittleBigPlanet 2: Special Edition is a full-priced retail game that includes $35 worth of DLC content on-disc.

Rise of the Cakeling, Media Molecule's biggest expansion for the LBP universe, takes center stage. This PlayStation Move-enabled adventure adds 5 new levels and new creation tools that take advantage of Sony's motion controller. In addition, the Special Edition includes the Toy Story Level and Costume packs, and Pets costumes.

Read more: And a PlayStation Move bundle, too »

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LittleBigPlanet 2 discounted, Move support added

LittleBigPlanet 2 discounted, Move support added

If LittleBigPlanet 2 slipped under your radar earlier this year, you might want to give it another look. Sony announced today that the price is being officially dropped to $39.99, just as the game adds PlayStation Move controller support and prepares for next week's big "Rise of the Cakeling" DLC.

Watch: How to use the Move in LBP2 »

"Still waiting on a GOTY edition :c. Just like so many other games out there right now."
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LittleBigPlanet 2 Move Pack detailed, dated

LittleBigPlanet 2 Move Pack detailed, dated

Media Molecule is planning on "stepping away" from the LittleBigPlanet franchise to work on something new. But before it does, it has to release the Move Pack for LittleBigPlanet 2. The developer describes it as the franchise's "biggest Downloadable Content pack to date," and it's hard to argue with that.

The Move Pack includes a new story mode, entitled "The Rise of the Cakeling," and a new set of tools that allow you to create your own Move games. But what else is in the DLC pack?

Watch: Fourteen new levels for the Cakeling »

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LittleBigPlanet attracts 1.5M new users since PSN outage

LittleBigPlanet attracts 1.5M new users since PSN outage

The PlayStation Network Welcome Back program appears to have been a success for Media Molecule, creator of the LittleBigPlanet franchise. The first game in the series was offered as one of the free titles available to returning PS3 owners. It appears many decided to give the platformer a try, as Media Molecule co-founder Alex Evans told Develop attendees that LBP has seen 1.5 million new users since the outage a few months ago.

READ MORE: LittleBigPlanet's free-to-play origins »

"Wipeout HD, inFamous, LBP, and Super Stardust HD are all good games worth getting"
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Media Molecule 'stepping away' from LittleBigPlanet

Media Molecule 'stepping away' from LittleBigPlanet

Developer Media Molecule is ready to move beyond the franchise that made it famous. Speaking at Game Lab, Media Molecule's Siobhan Ready told the audience: "we’re stepping away from LittleBigPlanet to focus on some new ideas." (via Edge)

This development should come as unsurprising to anyone that's experimented with the robust creation engine of LittleBigPlanet 2. Whereas its predecessor allowed gamers to make new levels, Media Molecule's last effort offered full game creation. One would assume it would be difficult to truly iterate from there. Read more »

"Hopefully nothing with multiplayer because their net code is terrible."
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LittleBigPlanet 2 Officially Announced

LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule today officially announced a game the world has been aware of for quite some time now--a sequel to the level-building platformer. Read more »

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LittleBigPlanet 2 Confirmed by Game Informer

The June issue of Game Informer, which will have a cover story about Gears of War 3, will also include an article on LittleBigPlanet 2, which has not yet been announced by Sony.

It has, however, previously been stated by Media Molecule that it was working on a sequel. Last month, a musician confirmed that one of his songs had been licensed for LittleBigPlanet 2. Read more »

"I think they were slow in that the game didn't explode off the shelf week 1. But, it had ..."
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Sony Buys LittleBigPlanet Dev Media Molecule

LittleBigPlanet (PS3) developer Media Molecule is independent no more, as Sony has acquired the England-based studio and will be integrating it into the Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios family.

The exact terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, with Sony describing it as "a strategic move to continue to secure excellence in game development for current and future PlayStation platforms." Read more »

"I'm with you there. Everything with LBP was *awesome*, except gameplay, which is very ..."
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LittleBigPlanet 2 in Development, Sony Considering LittleBigPlanet Cartoon Series

Media Molecule has already begun crafting a sequel to its long-awaited PlayStation 3 platformer LittleBigPlanet, which makes its official retail debut in the US this week.

Speaking with BBC News, the studio confirmed that a sequel is in development for the game, which allows players to make their own levels and share them online. Read more »

"I like how you said "the", since this is the only game worth buying a PS3 for."
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LittleBigPlanet Makers Were Working on Portal Game, Almost Teamed with Valve

Prior to working with Sony on the physics-based platformer LittleBigPlanet (PS3), developer Media Molecule has revealed that it was working on a game described "more Portally than Portal" and "Portal, but with scale factor."

The company even met with Valve, which suggested the two work on the game together.

"We were very tempted," studio co-founder Alex Evans told Kikizo. "But in the end we decided to talk to Sony and they just got the game at the beginning." Read more »

"first time i've seen this - goddamn wtf was going on at 3dRealms? How did they not finalize a ..."
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