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Postcards from Leipzig: LittleBigPlanet team

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Aug 22, 2008 // Sr. Social Media Manager

More Games Convention 2008 now, straight outta Leipzig. I just received this update from Pete Smith, Senior Producer of LittleBigPlanet.

leipzig postcard LBP

Day 1
We’ve arrived for the first day at The Leipzig Game Convention and I’ve been blown away by the PlayStation stand – even though I say so myself it’s the best thing here and considerably bigger than the other stands. Within the stand, the LittleBigPlanet area is buzzing – we’ve got 25 pods with the game on and they’ve been full all day long. We’ve had a crowd before we let the public in, so we’re expecting some queues. THERE IS a special 3 pod area set up for Danny, Jim and Craig (the designers from Media Molecule) to show off the Create mode from LittleBigPlanet. They’ve been doing an awesome job at showing just how crazy this part of the game is.

I’m sure some people saw the Sony press conference where I was demonstrating the game – I was interrupted by a famous comedian from Germany (although I’d not seen him before) and he did a good job at making my presentation more ‘entertaining’. Apparently he asked me my name and my response was ‘hello’ – perhaps I need to brush up on my basic German.

The main thing to report is that the game is very popular indeed! Whenever we do a demo, people start playing and creating they don’t seem to want to leave! Everywhere you look around the LittleBigPlanet area you’ll see people laughing as they’re playing, which for me, is the best thing ever.

LittleBigPlanet @ Leipzig

Day 2
Uh Oh! The public have arrived! It’s much more busy than yesterday, the guys from Media Molecule are working their socks off demoing constantly. There are over one hundred seats available to play the game from and every one is occupied – plus there’s a queue.

Once again, everyone is really enjoying themselves. The level we’ve chose to demo is the construction site from the Metropolis theme and it’s pretty tricky, people seem to be loving the challenge, and there is plenty of laughter as SackBoy gets it wrong on numerous occasions!

Danny, Jim and Craig are looking exhausted!!! I would be too after demoing non-stop for 2 days! They’re talking about getting an early night, which I can’t say is surprising, however I’m going to take a look around the rest of the show – some of the booth babes are demonstrating some really interesting games…

I saw the SackBoy on the side of the tower block last night – it looks ace! LittleBigPlanet is absolutely everywhere, our team in Germany have done an incredible job.

It was also good to see Rag Doll Kung Fu being demonstrated today! That was the original concept behind LittleBigPlanet believe it or not! Look for it on PSN soon!

LittleBigPlanet @ Leipzig LittleBigPlanet @ Leipzig

Thanks, Pete! Still more to come from Leipzig !

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+ amante on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:07 am said:

Aw man. That whole set is so happy. Is it October yet?


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+ misteroy on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:07 am said:

Sweet!
Btw, i have 2 questions:
*Why don’t you release the PSN games on Blu-Ray disc? To make myself clearer, see this example: you could make compilations, such as the ‘most sold PSN games’ .

*So after all, this blog post from November 14, 2007 (video of new research conducted with playstation eye) actually referred to experiments on EYEPET, didn’t it :)


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+ solidreid on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:07 am said:

Man, I can’t wait until October!!! ANd, will their be LittleBIGPlanet Plush toys? And if so, when will they come out?


4

+ Delriach on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:07 am said:

This game… will be godly.


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+ Aaron on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:12 am said:

BRILLIANT! :D


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+ Fersis on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:13 am said:

@4 Delriach
Im 100% with you.
This game is the first true Game 3.0
I miss yo Phil.. come back please.


7

+ Stinkin Mushroom on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:14 am said:

Game Of The Freakin FOREVER


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+ Skyline4 on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:15 am said:

This is quite possibly the most balla [DELETED] EEEEVVVVVAAAA!!!. I think this games gonna be the best game of the year. I all ready have my Kratos in-game costume! Sony I <3 U.


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+ Engine on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:17 am said:

Can’t wait for this game. It is by far my most anticipated games of this year.


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+ Enforcer_X on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:25 am said:

I am buying 2 copies one for me and one for my wife!
This game is game of the year of the decade of the century!

User content is where it’s at!
Look at YouTube it is full of dumb stuff, as well as intelligent things, but it is very popular and makes tons of $$ so it’s good for everyone!

Can’t wait!
I am going to be so in debt this year from games!


11

+ SpidarX on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:27 am said:

Will there be a demo available on the PSN of LBP?


12

+ Pancakes on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:27 am said:

Can’t wait for this game to come out. Can you elaborate on the preorder details?


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+ fusen on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:34 am said:

LittleBigPlanet Limited Edition:
*A copy of LittleBigPlanet
*An exclusive one-of-a-kind Sackboy available at pick-up
*The making of LittleBigPlanet DVD
*LittleBigPlanet artbook

$79.99–PRE-ORDER NOW!

OR

LittleBigPlanet PS3 Limited Edition Bundle:
*160GB Ceramic White PS3
*A copy of LittleBigPlanet
*A PSN voucher for PixelJunk Eden
*DualShock 3 controller

$499.99–Start making them!


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+ Hershy999 on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:34 am said:

I wish I was there :( Any vids of the event?


15

+ Hershy999 on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:35 am said:

@ Fusen Where’d you find that?


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+ fusen on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:36 am said:

I wish Sony would bundle LBP instead of Uncharted..


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+ fusen on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:37 am said:

@Hershy999

I made that up… Although you would probably never see it at store shelves.


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+ Hershy999 on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:38 am said:

Oh, ok. I would definitely buy the LE.


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+ Nynja on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:40 am said:

I want a sackboy doll… maybe allow us to custom order our own Sackboys! It’d be great for Xmas and Valentine’s day.


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+ RandomEarthling on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:44 am said:

So what do I have to do to get that Sackboy sitting on the seat pictured in the postcard?

Just tell me where I need to pre-order the game to get that and I’ll do it now.


21

+ DG on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:50 am said:

Oh Snap! A Sack Boy Plushie!


22

+ nmc75 on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:54 am said:

A LBP PS3 bundle w/Sony Eye will end the next gen. console wars.


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+ depward on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:55 am said:

I so am looking forward to LBP… cool little update. And cool about Rag Doll Kung Fu – I bought it on the PC when it released and it was fun to tinker around with.

I even made my own custom skin – Serph from Digital Devil Saga. Yeah, I’m a geek like that.

Very cool! Looking forward to Rag Doll Kung Fu on PSN!


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+ StalkingSilence on August 22nd, 2008 at 12:00 pm said:

I thought Ragdoll Kung Fu was dated for 2009? Oh well, can’t wait for LBP.

Any reason why the pic is mirrored (flipped)?

Also, I hope that the top pic isn’t the Sackboy being produced. Looks much lower quality than the cool one you all showed off on the media molecule website. I guess that’s what’s required for mass production.


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+ mike223 on August 22nd, 2008 at 12:01 pm said:

I wish i was there, maby some day


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+ Jeigh on August 22nd, 2008 at 12:05 pm said:

So THAT was the concept for LittleBigPlanet. You certainly did a good job of taking it 6000 steps further. I look forward to this… every freaking day. I may have to set up a little countdown calendar.


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+ SDkngsht on August 22nd, 2008 at 12:12 pm said:

after years of videogaming it’s like returning to my roots with platform gameplay but somehow…in a new completely original way.

i can’t remember the last time i saw a game and thought…that’s NEVER been done. EVER.

game of the year is a lock. no others need apply at this point.


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+ Cerberus_Hunter on August 22nd, 2008 at 12:22 pm said:

“LittleBigPlanet players will not be able to download levels created by players in other global territories, Sony confirmed to CVG.”

Damn, that’s disappointing…but still looking forward to the game!

When is it coming out?


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+ BasketballMVP on August 22nd, 2008 at 12:46 pm said:

Looks awesome, great setup. :) Hope you guys get lots of rest afterwards, so you can make sure the final game is perfect (or at least very close ;) )

Also, I have a quick question, are you guys considering making a LittleBigPlanet bundle with the PlaystationEye? I would definitely buy that.


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+ superflyguy on August 22nd, 2008 at 12:47 pm said:

I can’t wait until LBP comes out.

How many men and hours did it take to set up the LittleBigPlanet booth? It looks great and I love the giant skateboard.


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+ elfhunter on August 22nd, 2008 at 12:52 pm said:

I have read that we will be able to design levels… but how about designing our own costumes? Is that in the works?

BTW looks great, have my copy pre-ordered in Canada.


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+ Netweb on August 22nd, 2008 at 12:57 pm said:

We need Water!!!!!

Liquids on LBP wourld be nice.. PLEEEEEEAAAAASSSSSSEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ Stinkin Mushroom on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:03 pm said:

Euhmm.. i just read: UGC will be region specific … MM if you’re reading this

Fail!! :(

Fix this!


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+ PSPsGTghOost on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:05 pm said:

Thats pretty awesome guys! Keep up the good work.

Are we gonna get a demo or open beta anytime soon? I know its in a closed beta.


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+ Violater on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:14 pm said:

Jeff,
Yet again Sony figures out how to mess up a good thing.
I am referring to your Regional servers for LBP or should I say Little Big Continent user created data.
I personally hope you guys fix this, and micro-managed copies across servers of files you guys see fit is not the answer.

Lets put the PLANET back in the game please.


36

+ EvoAnubis on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:18 pm said:

I want to play this NAO!

Hey….*chuckles*…….any chance I can have that giant inflatable crying Sackboy you guys have in that fountain in front of the opera house? Or at least a picture of it?


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+ Herby on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:23 pm said:

2 lost souls swimming in a fish bowl.


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+ redbaron787 on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:26 pm said:

whats with the rainbows anyway c :D :D l


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+ saintfighteraqua on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:32 pm said:

Excellent! I can’t wait for this game.


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+ C-h-a-o-s on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:38 pm said:

What’s up with GameCrazy getting that cool pouch? The nearest GameCrazy is 50 miles or more away, wtf is up with that? Why not send the most popular item to a better retailer. Quite upsetting!


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+ outkast32 on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:47 pm said:

Hey when is the qore theme comming? also any news on the extended home beta.

*** firmware suggestion- internet browser flash player update


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+ Xater on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:47 pm said:

Little Big Continent I guess :(

This stupid I want to share and play with all my friends worldwide.


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+ Jeigh on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:48 pm said:

Okay, what is misteroy (36)whining about? Do globes offend his religion or something? If it’s another half-baked political complaint than fie on you, misteroy.


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+ BarrenMind on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:48 pm said:

I have to humbly request that the idea of region-locking content be reconsidered. This is my most anticipated game of the year, but my hype is dwindling rapidly at the thought of not being able to download content from other parts of the globe, or not being able to experience online co-op with anyone outside of the US.

Please, Media Molecule / Sony, please consider leaving server access open. This is a monster hit on your hands and it shouldn’t be crippled like this.


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+ Onna76_NL on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:50 pm said:

There’s one thing I hate about this game… and that’s we’re NOT able to download contents from friends with other region discs. So the ones with the American disc won’t be able to download Japanese nor European levels. Since you’re able to play online worldwide it doesn’t make sense to me why this option couldn’t be worldwide available as well.


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+ EvoAnubis on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:54 pm said:

Jeff, I’d say it’s BanHammer time.


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+ Netweb on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:55 pm said:

Potugal is a world… not a village on Spain.. :D

Ahead. WATER PLEASE!!! xD

http://bulk.destructoid.com/ul/user/5/5541-68896-sackboyknit2jpg-550x.jpg

Want this on special edition of the game on EUROPE!!

And I Want Lara Croft Sackgirl!


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+ Bender Rodriguez on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:55 pm said:

Awesome. I bet that would be a tiring experience, but it seems like it would be worth it.


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+ Onna76_NL on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:56 pm said:

How about the sharing-levels thing among PSN friends from over the world? Will that be locked “too”?


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+ kaako on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:56 pm said:

Please please please tell SONY to get their act together and dissolve all this “Region Specific levels” BS please! I think that the success of this game is absolutely crucial based on its community.

By separating the community as a whole into different regions, they’re preventing us (the whole community) from interacting as well as sharing ideas with each other. This game really needs to have worldwide servers and this should be a no brainer to Sony. I know that the costs might be higher a bit to maintain worldwide servers, but it will definitely be worth it in the long run, because of word of mouth! The bigger the community as a whole, the more noise and buzz this game will generate.

So I beg you guys to talk to Sony about this, because as someone who’ll most likely purchase the Collector’s Edition of your game, I want to be able to see, create and share and play different levels from every part of the world. Please don’t isolate us from each other. Thanks guys and keep up the amazing work you’ve been doing. Smile

Sincerely,

The Little Big Planet Community!


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