LittleBigPlanet 3, is the second game of LittleBigPlanet and the third game in the series. It is being developed for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 by Sumo Digital and released worldwide through November and December 2014, and it is the third entry in the main LittleBigPlanet series, sixth entry overall. It was announced at Sony's E3 2014 media briefing on 9 June 2014. It was developed primarily by Sumo Digital, with XDev and Media Molecule assisting in an undisclosed capacity.
Characters and abilities Edit
LittleBigPlanet 3 introduces three new characters in addition to Sackboy, each with their own unique traits and abilities. OddSock is a four-legged, dog-like character who can run faster than Sackboy and can wall-jump. Swoop is a bird-like character who can fly freely around levels and can pick up other light objects. In addition to objects, Swoop can pick up other characters, with the exception of Big Toggle. Toggle is another character, who can transform between a large, heavy version and a small, light version. Big Toggle is much larger and heavier than Sackboy and can weigh down platforms or pressure plates. He can turn into a miniature version of himself called Little Toggle, who can walk quickly on the surface of water, is very small and can fit through tight spaces. Level creators have the ability to allow players to play as more than one character during gameplay. In addition, Sackboy has a climbing ability which works on rope-based textures like vines.
LittleBigPlanet 3 has several power-ups which, when equipped, give players additional abilities. One such power-up, the "Pumpinator", blows air to move light objects. In addition to pre-made power-ups, creators are able to make their own using the new Power-up Creator. There are 70 tools, in addition to enhanced ones retained from three previous titles, LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2 and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita.
All previous downloadable content packs from LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet 2 fully backwards compatible, and are transferable to LittleBigPlanet 3 on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions. LittleBigPlanet 3 is fully backwards compatible However, story progression logged from LittleBigPlanet 3 's predecessors will not transfer onto the PlayStation 4 version of the game.
In LittleBigPlanet 3, players can play any levels created in LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet 2. The PlayStation 4 version of the game is rendered with an improved graphics engine and textures at 1080p resolution, while the PlayStation 3 version renders at 720p.
Unlike previous games in the series which had three playable layers of depth, LittleBigPlanet 3 allows creators to use 16 layers.
Players are limited by the classic Thermometer rules by default, but players can chose to use the new "Dynamic Thermometer" streaming for levels. In addition, players can extend, or "stitch", their levels to make them longer.
LittleBigPlanet 3 takes place on a planet in the LittleBigPlanet universe, Bunkum. After unwittingly releasing three evil Titans, Sackboy and his new friends must stop them and the unskilled creator, Newton, from destroying the creative paradise.
For the first time in the series, LittleBigPlanet 3 is fully voice-acted, including cutscenes and gameplay (previous games only featured voice acting during cutscenes). As in previous LittleBigPlanet games, Stephen Fry narrates. Hugh Laurie voices the game's main antagonist, Newton. Other actors for the game include Lewis Macleod as Captain Pud and Oleg, Tara Strong as Coach Rock and Vera Oblonsky, Robbie Stevens as Da Vinci, Peter Serafinowicz as Dr. Maxin, El Jeff, and Papal Mache, Lorelei King as Elena and Felica, John Guerrasio as Guard 1 and Guard 2, Martin T. Sherman as Gustavo, Glenn Wrage as Head Guard, Clare Corbett as Hildur, Lucy Newman-Williams as Irene, Nolan North as Marlon Random, Susan Brown as Nana Pud, Alix Wilton Regan as Pinky Buflooms, Judith Sweeney as Victora, and Simon Greenall as Zom-Zom The Far-Out.
LittleBigPlanet 3 began development in 2011, shortly after the release of LittleBigPlanet 2. Most of the development was handled by Sumo Digital; however, series creator Media Molecule provided assistance, particularly during the project's early stages. Media Molecule chose not to develop LittleBigPlanet 3 because the company were busy with other projects, namely Tearaway and Dreams. Media Molecule also wanted to "step away" from the LittleBigPlanet series, but they said they'll always be involved in the franchise. Additional developers included XDev Europe, Tarsier Studios, Supermassive Games, The Station, and Testology.
Damian Hosen, the game's design director, said of working with Media Molecule: "That was really valuable for us. [...] It was really cool to get a sense of what they were thinking, how the game came out like it did, what was their vision for it, what limitations did they put on themselves." Media Molecule stressed to Sumo Digital that the game's story must set a good example to what players can accomplish themselves in Create mode. Hosen said this concept helped "everything make sense [...] it all just clipped into place. [...] Those personal insights we got from them early on were invaluable in shaping how we made the rest of the game."
During the game's development process, around 20 prolific members of the LittleBigPlanet community were selected to work alongside Sony XDev to provide feedback and offer suggestions on the game's mechanics. Additionally, the game's introduction sequence – which is a combination of live action footage and visual effects – was produced by the UK studio Carbon Digital. Carbon digital "worked closely" with Sumo Digital during the production of the video.
Early in the game's development, all of the playable characters were initially designed as silhouettes. The developers created "loads" of silhouettes and chose the best ones, which were then fully designed, and eventually became Oddsock, Swoop, and Toggle. (Sackboy, previously the only playable character, underwent minimal changes.) Oddsock and Swoop's designs were thought of early on and required no major redesigns. However, Toggle was initially just the 'big' character, and could not change into a smaller version of himself. Toggle was then revamped and the 'toggle' idea was implemented; without it, there weren't "enough combinations" or gameplay variety for the player. Pete Smith of SCE Worldwide Studios said the characters "needed to be game changers, they need to be fully customizable, they needed to feel like they belonged in the world, and they needed to have personality. I think the final three characters have really struck that balance.” One character that was scrapped early on was 'Sackworm'; Smith said: "The Sackworm didn’t last too long before he found himself on the cutting room floor."
LittleBigPlanet 3 was officially announced at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo during Sony Computer Entertainment's press conference.
When you preorder LittleBigPlanet 3 for PS3 or PS4 at Amazon or other retailers, you'll receive a Sackboy Plush and downloadable content for the game. If you preorder the game at Target, your plush will come with an exclusive Target hat.
The downloadable content and their respective retailers are:
- Dragon Age: Inquisition Costume Pack - Any Retailer
- Mythical Creatures Costume Pack - GameStop
- Hidden Creatures Costume Pack - Best Buy
- PlayStation Favorites Costume Pack - Amazon
- LittleBigPlanet 3 T-Shirt Pack - Digital Pre-Order (PlayStation Store ONLY!)
The first four DLC packs listed are PS4 EXCLUSIVE. The LittleBigPlanet 3 T-Shirt Pack can be used in LBP2, LBPK, LBPV, and LBP3.
|LittleBigPlanet 3 Story Levels|
|Prologue||Main Levels: Introduction • The Legend Of Bunkum • Needlepoint Peaks • Newton's Airship • The Gates of Stitchem Manor • Stitchem Manor • Tinpot Towers • The Night on The Tiles|
|Manglewood||Main Levels: Deep Space Drive-In • Shake, Rattle & Roll • High Stakes Heist • Pinballs In The Mist • Crumbling Crypt • Out Walking the Dog • Lights, Camera, Traction! • To The Ziggurat!|
|Ziggurat||Main Levels: Furry Soles, Hot Coals • Go Loco • Flip-Flopped Folios • Big And Small Problem • Tutu Tango • Newton's Short Stand Up Career • On The Link Disaster|
|Lagoon||Main Levels: Hot Air Kaboom • Masque Maker's Tower • Belly Of The Beast • Cloud Caravan • The Great Escapes • Even Bosses Wear Hats Sometimes... • The Heroes FINALLY Defeat Newton... Oh • Newton's Bulb Explored • Four Chums Head To Craftworld|