UPDATED 11:51 AM PST: SCEA PR just confirmed to me that LBP2’s new release date is January 18, 2011.
LittleBigPlanet 2, Media Molecule’s uber-ambitious and creativity extravaganza of a sequel, will sadly not be released this year, and will instead hit shelves sometime in January 2011, the developer confirmed today. I’m already making a LBP level where Sackboy has to navigate through my broken heart.
Media Molecule explained on its official site that “LittleBigPlanet 2 is a crazy dream, a dream to allow players to make whatever kind of game they want…but like all of the most ambitious ideas, it can be a considerable challenge to turn these dreams in to fun games. We’ve all been working like powered-up space ninjas and we’re almost there, but because we love what we’ve made, and we love our little sack-friends, and most of all we love all our fans out there, we couldn’t let you all get together until we knew we were giving you the best experience imaginable.”
As such, the developer goes on to say that its decided to “allow ourselves a bit more time to deliver the experience that our great fans and community deserve.” In the meantime, however, Media Molecule is planning something special for its bummed out fans.
“We are going to find a way to give more of you a taste of LBP2 prior to launch, so stay tuned.”
Media Molecule is already rolling out the LBP2 beta to especially active community members in Europe and in a few weeks US players will have a chance to check it out as well. Perhaps these new “plans” involve expanding the beta even wider. I’m waiting to hear back from Media Molecule about it, so I’ll keep you posted.