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LittleBigPlanet: Sack it to Me – LittleBigHalloween Edition

Mark Valledor's Avatar + Posted by Mark Valledor on Oct 30, 2009 // Marketing Manager, SCEA

Return of the Halloween Head!
Its that time of year again…time to get FREE seasonal Sackboy costumes on the PlayStation Store. This week its the Pumpkin Head Halloween Mask! But you better move fast, this costume is only available a during 1 week out of the year.

LittleBigPlanet Pumpkin Head Halloween Mask

“Whats New” in LittleBigPlanet PSP
SCEE Cambridge has been hard at work developing a completely new adventure for Sackboy. We’ve asked them to give us some insight on the PSP version through a series of articles to explain what’s new.

“Diary Entry – Nuts and Bolts…and Motors, Strings and Magnetic Keys – What Makes LittleBigPlanet (PSP) Tick” by Jon Torrens, Designer

What’s unique about LBP is that all the behind-the-scenes machines that make the game work are actually created using the tools available to players in edit mode, and are in the level somewhere (just not where you can see them). For example, in the mini-games we have things that have to get faster and faster, like the giant wheel you run on in the China mini-game. The best way for us to do this is to have a little vehicle that moves slowly towards a switch that uses the speed setting. Need something to happen faster? We just speed up the motor bolts on the vehicle. Need something to happen halfway through the game? Stick a magnetic key on the vehicle and a magnetic key switch on its track. The brilliant thing about this is that you have a really simple diagram of what happens in the game. You don’t have to think ‘Well, the time for the wheel to reach top speed is 90 seconds, and I want the player to have to deal with bombs at increasing amounts, so I’ll put bombs dropping on the player at 40, 70, 85 and 90 seconds, you can just place key switches along the track.

LittleBigPlanet PSP

A technique we used for repeating sequences was simply having a big disc with a magnetic key on it that rotated past magnetic key switches on a static block behind it. We could move the magnetic key switches into any sequence without having to calculate the exact values required, and to change the overall speed of the sequence we just changed the speed of the motor bolt that made the disc rotate. This might sound technical, but if you’re making a slightly more sophisticated level – like, for example, one with emitting blocks that Sackboy has to run across, or a series of sound effects that plays a tune – then comfort yourself with the knowledge that you have exactly the same tools that we had, and with which we managed to make all those lovely story levels you’ve been playing. Okay, there are quite a few of us, and we had a fair amount of time, but it’s all there for you to use. Aren’t we generous?

For more stories from LittleBigPlanet (PSP) head on over to LittleBigWorkshop.com to read more…like “What’s the Story“, “Prizes and Physics” and more…

LBP (PS3): Game of the Year Edition – User Spotlight
In this week’s spotlight, we learn more about Tommy, PSN ID x-nobody-x, and his level, “The Tails of the LittleBigCrytal”, in the LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition.

Community Picks!
Our fansites continue to find standout levels online…here’s more to play over the weekend (when you’re not trick-or-treating, of course).

**QUICK CORRECTION** – Last week, we showed off a great new vehicle pack and some of you couldn’t find it…attribute that error to my nimble fingers and whoever invented the keyboard and put the F next to the R. So check out “TSFRJ”s new level pack which he recently updated.

LittleBigLand.com picks:

  • Level Name: A Journey
  • PSN: syroc

The title of this level says it all, because it truly is a journey through different worlds. It has many different themes but they all blend in so well together. The author of this level has used all the sounds and music in such way that it completely fits the scenery and adds a lot to the whole experience. This is a amazing level that is well built with some good platform action.

  • Level Name: Back to the Savannah
  • PSN: marquise126ace


Building a level that has the look and feel from a Media molecule story level is hard and before i saw the “Back to…” levels from marquise126ace i thought it was impossible to create such a thing. But he has managed to create levels that have that Media molecule look and feel, if i didn’t know any better i would have said that this is a story level. Back to the Savannah is basically a sequel to the Savannah story levels, the plot of the story is that the Gibbon king needs to speak to you urgently but you have many dangers to survive before you get to him. If you like the Media molecule, Savannah story levels (and who doesn’t like those) then this is a level that you do not want to miss.

For more check out some other fansites like LBPforum.net, LBPcentral.com and of course our own LittleBigCommunity site, LittleBigWorkshop.com.

New to LBP?
Just joining us? As our community continues to grow with new members, we thought it would be good to steer your way to some LBP goodness:

FREE STUFF

  • (again) HURRY and get the Halloween Costume for your Sackboy – available for 1 week only
  • Download the LittleBigPlanet (PS3) demo on the PlayStation Store and give the game a spin….BTW, the LBP PSP demo is coming soon too.
  • Download the Norse Mythology pack (for LBP PS3) @ SonyWonder.com – scroll to the bottom and click the Sony Partners Page.
  • Pre-order LittleBigPlanet (PSP) at our participating retailers and get 6 FREE Sackboy costumes!

FUN STUFF

  • Since Halloween is here, check out the Monsters Kit DLC on the PlayStation Store

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+ SpyDudeFX on October 30th, 2009 at 3:31 pm said:

Fantastic Mark, so when are we getting new level packs? lol


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+ zack121 on October 30th, 2009 at 3:32 pm said:

i will get the second edtion of this game!!


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+ syk1288 on October 30th, 2009 at 3:33 pm said:

Cool I’m 3rd or 4th.


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+ MaGeeK-mAn on October 30th, 2009 at 3:42 pm said:

Very nice. :) May just download the Little Big Planet PSP demo as well as the PS3 demo.


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+ ProSoldier14 on October 30th, 2009 at 3:46 pm said:

Ratchet & Clank came out this week so when can we expect content on it?


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+ Blkant on October 30th, 2009 at 3:49 pm said:

The same halloween costume as last years… Lazy… I keep expecting something new and great but haven’t seen anything of the like since the MGS pack, consider this traded in now…


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+ binfuser on October 30th, 2009 at 3:50 pm said:

The Norse Mythology pack is linked wrong. You have to go to the parents page then partners or
http://sonywonder.com/parents/partners.php


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    + Mark Valledor on October 30th, 2009 at 10:50 pm said:

    Thanks binfuser. Will ping SonyWonder.


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+ AIRYman50 on October 30th, 2009 at 3:51 pm said:

Any new info on that now confirmed PSP demo?


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+ nYcFrEeWiLL82 on October 30th, 2009 at 3:52 pm said:

Lbp has bin slacking off …i guess they do deserve to rest..but would it hurt to ATLEAST TELL US what they are going to work on..like NEW LEVEL PACKS OR THE WATER PACK ..NEW COSTUMES..LIKE THE MARVEL ONE..WHICH I KNOW ALMOST EVERYONE IS EAGER TO GET. YEAH THAT KIND OF STUFF. WE loyal fans of LbP deserve that AT
LEAST :/


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    + Mark Valledor on October 30th, 2009 at 11:00 pm said:

    Who\’s resting? You already named a lot of things the team is working on, so you know they\’re busy :)


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+ FULLGORR on October 30th, 2009 at 3:54 pm said:

Hey, any news on the pre-order goodies for the download version?


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    + Mark Valledor on October 30th, 2009 at 11:01 pm said:

    We\’re close on finalizing details, I\’m hoping to update everyone next week.


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+ NEJI64 on October 30th, 2009 at 4:00 pm said:

@7 did you take time and think the the reason why there haven’t been levels like the MGS. because MM hard at work on getting the PSP version of LBP ready for larch.


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+ georgecat315fat on October 30th, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

cant wait for lbp psp


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+ CheapGamerDudes on October 30th, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

@7 agreed. LBP is about to get traded in or sold. No new level packs in a year is absurd and dont tell me to play player levels, those suck compared to Media Molecule levels. Ok maybe like 30 out of 1,000,000 are good but thats it. Whats up Mark? at least say something about this and stop ignoring the issue. Also WOW same costume as Halloween 2008? so original and creative of Media Molecule. I guess they r so busy with PSP they ignored their bread and butter game for PS3.


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+ HongoXIII on October 30th, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

Awesome stuff as always. Glad to see the Pumpkin Head mask is back. I missed out on it the first time around. Keep up the good work as always MM! My only question is when the water beta begins since I signed up for it. :) Other than that, no complaints!


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+ df2506 on October 30th, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

@11. I believe the PSP verison is being made by a different developer.

MM is busy with the water pack testing, the online play testing, plus I hope they are still doing that Ratchet level pack that we heard about awhile back. :)

Anyway, looking forward to all the new goodies when MM gets them ready. I hope we see something else really cool for the game this year though. lol. Oh well.

Hmm. All of this reminds me that I need to go play some LBP soon. Been busy with Ratchet & Clank recently.


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+ df2506 on October 30th, 2009 at 4:10 pm said:

@12 I meant. lol.


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+ R1LEY62 on October 30th, 2009 at 4:11 pm said:

so demo soon meaning next week i suppose?


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    + Mark Valledor on October 30th, 2009 at 11:05 pm said:

    not that soon, but soon enough.


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+ smokey_vols on October 30th, 2009 at 4:12 pm said:

Isn’t that the same pumpkin head we got last halloween? :( I was hoping for something new.


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+ Jon_Mclane on October 30th, 2009 at 4:12 pm said:

Pro Tip, put a big green sticker on your Pumpkin Head and you instantly have a bad looking Watermelon Head.


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+ R1LEY62 on October 30th, 2009 at 4:14 pm said:

also since ps3 owners get the turkey head costume for thanksgiving can psp owners expect that as well?


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    + Mark Valledor on October 30th, 2009 at 11:07 pm said:

    I haven\’t seen the complete LBP PSP schedule yet, but once I hear, expect an update.


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+ CheapGamerDudes on October 30th, 2009 at 4:22 pm said:

@19 no its the same, all they are gonna do is release the same old stuff from last year like the chinese costumes and the santa outfit.


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+ EdReedFan20 on October 30th, 2009 at 4:39 pm said:

NOOOOO! My PS3 had YLODed for a second time! This is no lie, but I missed out on the Pumpkin Head costume last year due to my first YLOD! I guess I’ll need to wait another year (I would pay for this if it was not a limited time thing!)


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+ darthlego on October 30th, 2009 at 4:47 pm said:

Please announce what downloaders will get soon, since we cannot get the pre-order DLC. Also, what happened to Sack it to Me: PSP Goodness Part 2?


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+ zaltar on October 30th, 2009 at 4:55 pm said:

This is one of my all time favorite games, not just for the fun, but for the creativity that it inspires. Even though all of my levels only get under 50 plays, I always want to make more!

By the way, how is the progress on the water pack? That will give the game a whole new level!

zaltar


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+ zaltar on October 30th, 2009 at 4:55 pm said:

This is one of my all time favorite games, not just for the fun, but for the creativity that it inspires. Even though all of my levels only get under 50 plays, I always want to make more!

By the way, how is the progress on the water pack? That will give the game a whole new level of fun and puzzles!

zaltar


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+ zaltar on October 30th, 2009 at 4:55 pm said:

Sorry for the double post, something went wrong there…

zaltar


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+ DJMcKay on October 30th, 2009 at 5:15 pm said:

Lame, we got this LBP costume last year!! I was looking forward to something new this year! I suppose we shouldn’t expect anything new for any of the other holidays either?


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    + Mark Valledor on October 30th, 2009 at 11:10 pm said:

    Oh there\’ll be something new alright…


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+ TSFRJ on October 30th, 2009 at 5:42 pm said:

Everyone is enjoying the preview level. I finshed railway level will unlock it to public after next update. Air & road levels still beinging built. Water level well that goes without saying. Im looking foward to psp lbp and putting my trains on the go :)


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+ surgesnugs on October 30th, 2009 at 5:49 pm said:

LBP is one of the most undersupported games I’ve seen this generation. With the ease of level creation within the actual game itself, there really is no excuse for not seeing more MM released game levels. Sure, there are a few good levels created by the community, but you have to sift through thousands of awful levels to find them. I’m tired of hearing about GOTY editions or PSP versions. I want to know what people that bought the game a year ago can look forward to in that game other than random costumes.


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+ aztec23 on October 30th, 2009 at 6:27 pm said:

Thanks sony for the Norse costume and the halloween costume.


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+ cobrafang on October 30th, 2009 at 6:59 pm said:

I cannot wait for the PSP LBP demo!!!!


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+ poweredbyzen on October 30th, 2009 at 7:01 pm said:

physics?! it sounds really hard! i just want to play a game! :\


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+ KSPRAYDAD on October 30th, 2009 at 7:19 pm said:

@30…

SONY should have mandated every PS3 exclusive game in 2009 MUST have an LBP level. It has been very disappointing given the big promises that were made.

The trade in value for LBP is still high and I think its time.


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+ I_am_rushin on October 30th, 2009 at 8:44 pm said:

Will any of the following be coming before 2010? Please say yes.

LittleBigPlanet Water
LittleBigPlanet Online Create Mode
LittleBigPlanet Home Space


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    + Mark Valledor on October 30th, 2009 at 11:21 pm said:

    If I say yes, my PR team will \’sack\’ me, if I say no, my nose will grow…


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+ darkversion on October 30th, 2009 at 9:21 pm said:

cool but what i really want for hallowen is the SPACE SUIT SACKBOY!!!!!!!!


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+ SPOPS on October 30th, 2009 at 9:42 pm said:

How about some level packs. It has been just shy of a year since the last one.


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+ xeno3d on October 30th, 2009 at 10:08 pm said:

So… as an owner of a PSP Go… how can I pre order to get the free stuff??


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+ TSFRJ on October 30th, 2009 at 10:48 pm said:

For those fussing about lack of new level packs.

Go make them yourselves.

Don’t just fuzz about it do something.

Why cry about lack of content?
I wanted a NA playstation HOME level of great quality.
I built it.

I asked for a transport pack:
Im current developing 1/4th complete

I wanted a parachute level:
See parachute drop 2

I wanted a pirateship:
I built one.

You want it build it. If enough of the commuity respondes well to it, and SCE see they can make money off of it.

Build it yourself and start generating intrest in what you want.


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+ harpdevil on October 31st, 2009 at 1:15 am said:

I can’t get the Norse pack to work. I enter the code, the Norse pack comes up on the screen, I press continue, confirm the TOS, and I get a message saying the code I entered may not be correct or the offer may no longer be valid.

The code is right, ive entered it many times. Was this a first come, first served offer?


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+ subject98 on October 31st, 2009 at 1:37 am said:

‘Build it yourself and start generating intrest in what you want.’

This is exactly what I was thinking. LBP should be about creating your own stuff and not just pasting preset objects all over your level. To me anyway… If that’s all anyone did then there wouldn’t be much diversity in level design would there?

I’m no architect by nature but I can’t wait to see what kinds of things I can build in the PSP version coming out soon. :P


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+ silverthehedgeh on October 31st, 2009 at 2:19 am said:

any chance the space suit will come back i wasn’t there at the beginning and missed it


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+ Shade241 on October 31st, 2009 at 2:37 am said:

Hi,

I’m having trouble getting the Norse pack code to work. The code is right but it says the code is not correct or the offer is no longer valid when I enter it.

Is this a region specific event? Or first come first serve?

Thanks


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    + Mark Valledor on October 31st, 2009 at 5:24 am said:

    read reply @ 40. Although the code is only for North America. Sorry.


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+ Thrasher20 on October 31st, 2009 at 2:54 am said:

Happy Halloween PlayStation Nation!


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+ vegasbosko on October 31st, 2009 at 4:07 am said:

How about for next Halloween or Christmas, we have some Nightmare Before Christmas costumes.
At least a Jack Skeleton costume


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+ arenas675 on October 31st, 2009 at 5:03 am said:

i have a psp 2000 but i want to upgrade to the psp 4000

any hints on the 4000?????????


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+ ArSEnAL_nAsRi8 on October 31st, 2009 at 5:23 am said:

Littlebigplanet is pants


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+ that-acmilan-guy on October 31st, 2009 at 5:27 am said:

last Halloween wasn’t it the same mask?


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+ paddy_johnston on October 31st, 2009 at 5:58 am said:

Will PSP demo be out soon? only 2 week til launch date.


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+ twooh on October 31st, 2009 at 6:30 am said:

Norse Mythology pack.

You guys act like you’re helping us out. Many people have bought tons of DLC for LBP. Yet you only give us cheap DLC that nobody would buy. Why not show the fans that we are appreciated and give us some real DLC for free? Kinda like you did with the GOTY except give stuff to the real fans who gave you $60 from the get go.

This is the main reason I will boycott all future LBP games. Way to milk fans MM.


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