Info About The Franchise
The LittleBigPlanet Intellectual Property is owned by Sony Computer Entertainment, while the actual development of the games in the franchise is handled by Media Molecule, a first party development studio. SCE Studio Cambridge worked on LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation Portable, Double 11 and Tarsier Studio are working on LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation Vita, and United Front Games are working on LittleBigPlanet Karting.
LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation 3)
LittleBigPlanet was first revealed at the Game Developer's Conference in 2007. Originally the game was a prototype called "Craftworld" where the player controls the main character Mr. Yellowhead moving objects in order to get to the end of each level. After the pitch to Sony, Media Molecule was given six months support on LittleBigPlanet.
The game was released on October 27 2008 after a six day delay over controversial lyrics referencing the Qur'an in a song found in the game. The song, "Tapha Niang" by Toumani Diabaté, was replaced with it's instrumental version.
LittleBigPlanet was given almost universal critical praise after release. It won the AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Overall Game of the Year, among many other Game of the Year awards from various video game reviewers.
LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation Portable)
In November 17 2009, Sony released a PSP version of LittleBigPlanet development by SCE Studio Cambridge, in conjunction with Media Molecule. It was first shown at E3 2009. The game maintains the same style of platforming gameplay, with a few modifications to the tools and abilities in the create mode due to limitations on the device. Although the game doesn't have any sort of multiplayer, there is still a level sharing element.
Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves (PlayStation Network)
Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves is a PlayStation Network Downloadable title that is also available on the LittleBigPlanet 2 disc. It was developed by franchise creator's Media Molecule. The game is two player only where one person controls Sackboy and the other uses the Move motion controller to help guide them along.
When LBP2 was delayed, this title was released to help appease the inpatient masses, although originally it was only going to be on the LBP2 disc. None of the content from this title, like the materials or costumes, have made it into LittleBigPlanet 2 proper. Utilization of the Move in gameplay and create mode was added to LBP2, but is used differently then in this title.
LittleBigPlanet 2 was officially announced on May 10, 2010 with information coming in from magazines and websites preceding and following the date. The game's main focus was to help ease creators deviate from 2.5D platform levels and allow users to create the type of game they want. Thus Mm introduced many new tools and settings helps creators break through control boundaries while maintaining it's platforming routes for backwards compatible level playing.
The game was released January 18th 2011, and since then, the total user level count of the game has more then tripped from LBP1 to over 6 million. Also added since release was support for the PlayStation Move, although use of creation tools for it in create mode is Downloadable Content.
LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation Vita)
LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation Vita is not as limited as it's PSP counterpart and in fact has LBP2's features plus a whole sling of new tools. It also has controls that utilize the front touch screen and the back touch pad on the Vita device, but for gameplay as well as creation. The game is currently in development by Double 11 and Tarsier Studios and set for release sometime 2012.
Announced March 2012, LBP Karting is a racing counterpart to the LPB franchise being developed by " Race. Create. Share." studio United Front Games. The game takes kart racing traditions and adds LBP customization to karts, tracks, and gametypes. But, many people are seeing similarities to UFG's previous racing game ModNation Racers. The game has been announced for a 2012 release.