LittleBigPlanet 2 officially announced for PS3

Sony Computer Entertainment has officially announced the return of Sackboy (as if he ever went anywhere). LittleBigPlanet 2 is scheduled to hit PlayStation 3 in Winter 2010, boasting oodles of new features.

LittleBigPlanet 2 features a revamped Popit, allowing players to “bring your characters to life, compose your own music, direct cinematic masterpieces, wire controllers directly in to your contraptions, connect easy to use switches, microchips and circuit boards to build epic bosses, vehicles, machines, and puzzles.”

A new set of tools available in the sequel will allow players to create not only levels, but “WHOLE GAMES”. The game will allow players to “reset the control buttons for any object and change the rules to any level—imagine racing games, flying games, and shooters–you can now take control of anything!” That’s not all: “Also included are new multiplayer abilities so games can have life meters, scoring, and other elements to advance the types of games available for a social/competitive multiplayer experience, including puzzle games, sports, action/adventure, and more.”

The community features have been upgraded, revamping the search system in order to “enhance your ability to discover exactly what you want to find.” Players now have Activity Streams so you can see what friends are up to, and every single creation in LittleBigPlanet 2 will have “its own home on the web, with a page for every creator and every level.”

A new single-player story is in order, as well. Media Molecule has provided details.

Happy that no more demands are being made to him after his successful adventure to return sharing to LittleBigPlanet, it’s all going swimmingly for Sackboy… That is, until a some kind of inter-dimensional, hyper-spatial, 1800 watt Vacuum Cleaner appears in the skies, causing quite the ruckus and sucking Sackboy up into its musty bowels. All jolly sinister and most inconvenient.
Happily, a jolly nice fellow named Larry Da Vinci intervenes and rescues him from what has come to be known as The Sucker. Da Vinci, it turns out, is in charge of “The Alliance”, a semi-secret, semi-organized group devoted to fighting The Sucker before it destroys the whole Cosmos.

Not only will LittleBigPlanet 2 come with a load of new features, it will also allow players to access the over two million levels created in the first game. That means you’ll get two million user-created levels right out of the box. Crazy, we know.

Check out the first screenshots of LittleBigPlanet 2 at the gallery. The debut (and quite awesome) trailer can be seen below.

Gaming Is Again Redefined: Award-Winning Franchise Returns to the PlayStation(R)3 (PS3(TM)) System in LittleBigPlanet(TM) 2
Multi-Million Unit Selling Experience Returns to Reinvent the World of User-Generated Content Allowing Fans to PLAY, CREATE, and SHARE Full-Scale Games, Not Just Levels, in this Revolutionary Sequel!

FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 10 – Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. (SCEA) announced today plans to release LittleBigPlanet™ 2, the sequel to the award-winning, multi-million unit selling hit LittleBigPlanet™, exclusively for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system. Developed by Media Molecule, LittleBigPlanet 2 will provide fans a new means to PLAY, CREATE, and SHARE, including a revamped graphics engine supplying stunning visuals, a fresh storyline, added accessories and equipment for Sackboy, and revolutionary gameplay mechanics providing players a level of control and customization that has never been seen before.

“Since LittleBigPlanet launched, our online community has created an amazing selection of levels with the tools available,” said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president, product marketing, SCEA. “With LittleBigPlanet 2, users will now have a new, evolved Create mode with the ability to make actual games, not just levels, providing an endless gaming adventure for fans, as well as an entertainment experience that can be enjoyed by the entire family.”

Utilizing an updated graphics engine and state-of-the-art visual technologies, LittleBigPlanet 2 will showcase Sackboy better than ever. Along his adventure, the stitched together icon will have access to new equipment to aid him on his journey, including a grappling hook, power gloves, a magic bag, and more, all anchored by a fresh storyline to PLAY that is set in an artistically modernized new world. Players will also have the opportunity to add customizable Sackbots (robot Sackboys) to their creations. These interactive, programmable characters bring the game to life and allow users to record animations and voice-overs with them, as well as customize sizing and clothing for each individual or group of Sackbots.

LittleBigPlanet has always empowered players to CREATE their own levels by utilizing the same tool set used by the development team. In LittleBigPlanet 2, the tools have evolved to allow users to not only make better levels, but completely new games. With the implementation of a new CREATE mode, players will have the ability to broaden their developer horizons across multiple genres. Now allowing for a higher level of gameplay control, players can reset the control buttons for any object and change the rules to any level—imagine racing games, flying games, and shooters–you can now take control of anything! Also included are new multiplayer abilities so games can have life meters, scoring, and other elements to advance the types of games available for a social/competitive multiplayer experience, including puzzle games, sports, action/adventure, and more. Added to these fundamentals are a movie-like cut-scene maker to improve the storyline components of each creation and a newly enhanced SHARE component making it easier to search for, play through, and showcase the millions of levels around the world.

LittleBigPlanet 2 will be backwards compatible with LittleBigPlanet allowing players to access all online levels created with the original game. It will also include bonus levels that will support the PlayStation®Move navigation controller. LittleBigPlanet 2 is a single or multiplayer creative gaming experience that has an ESRB rating of “RP” for Rating Pending. For more information about the ESRB, visit http://www.esrb.org/. For more information about the LittleBigPlanet franchise, visit http://www.littlebigplanet.com/.

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