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LittleBigPlanet: Sack it to Me – “PSP Goodness, Part 1” Edition

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Hey guys,

Lots of new info this week, specifically for LittleBigPlanet (PSP), which hits store shelves on November 17th. So without any further adieu…

LittleBigPlanet (PSP) Pre-order Announcement

As teased last week, we’re pleased to announce the official pre-order goodies for LittleBigPlanet (PSP). If you pre-order before November 17th, you’ll get a valuable pre-order voucher to redeem (via the PlayStation Store) for six costumes from some of your favorite PlayStation games, featuring:

LBP PSP pre-order voucher

Pre-order now at any of the below participating US retailers:

***If you’re in Canada, pre-order now at your local EB Games/GameStop, and online at Amazon.ca.

“What’s 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.

“Sackboy – An Animated Diary” by Martin Binfield, Senior Artist

LittleBigPlanet is a world of fun, and a big part of that fun comes from its diminutive denizens; the Sackpeople. They’re a bunch of expressive explorers with a natty line in fashionable clothes. Making the transition from the big PS3 screen to the little PSP screen has resulted in a whole new way of interacting with the little dudes. If a player wants to show quite how their Sackboy feels about a particularly dastardly level, or an impressive feat of daredevilishness, they can pull off an excited greeting, a jubilant celebration, a dismissive taunt or even a snazzy dancemove. There’s an emote animation to suit any situation!

Sackboy KungFu

So where does a Sackboy learn kung fu? In the “Animation Dojo” (otherwise known as Maya) where an intensive course of being posed, keyframed, scrubbed forward and backward on the timeline, and tweaked and tweaked and tweaked will teach him the ancient arts of being animated.

LBP Sackboy animation 3

And it’s not just the limbs that get seen. When one is performing a convincing ‘nail-bitingly-scared’ routine, one must make sure one’s expression is appropriate, dear. Thankfully, Sackboy was born with a fully expressive face, driven by blendshape deformation no less, which helps him achieve that academy-award level performance with gusto.

LBP Screengrab 5

Coaxing such a performance from Sackboy is simplicity itself. Simply choose your emotional state by pressing up on the directional pad to make him happy, down to make him sad, left to make him scared or right to make him angry. Now that you’re in a mood, it’s time to show precisely how moody you are – press and hold the L shoulder button and press up on the directional pad to make Sackboy celebrate, left to make him vigorously taunt, right to make him greet and down for a surprisingly miscellaneous gesture.

Sackboy Punch!

“Adventure Awaits…Part 1” by Gareth Hughes, Lead Designer

Having completed his PS3 adventure, Sackboy thought it was about time he took a well deserved holiday. Even a Sackperson needs a bit of relaxation time! Having visited so many wondrous locations across the LittleBigPlanet already, Sackboy decided it was time to go portable and experience a walkabout. What better way to unwind his threads than the peace and quiet of down under.

After a warm and fuzzy welcome from the locals, it was time to head out into the Outback. Oh my, so much to see and do! A veritable fabric-based feast of new Stickers, Costumes and Materials.

Sackboy’s walkabout had not gone unnoticed! Impressed with Sackboy’s exemplary, exploratory endeavours, the Mystic summoned Sackboy to the Cave of Dreams. A place no LittleBigPlanetian should miss visiting! Exploring deep into the cave, Sackboy was soon having a great time swinging through ancient caverns, solving devious puzzles and bagging himself plenty of new prizes. However, this was no time for such silken shenanigans! A hop skip and a jump later, Sackboy was before the Mystic.

The mystical events that followed this meeting are now the stuffing of legends, best you experience this yourself when you visit LittleBigPlanet on the PSP.

What’s that, don’t leave you hanging? Oh very well, perhaps there are a few more threads of this story that I can weave together for you!

After being shown a wonderful vision known as the Dreamtime, it was revealed that a new quest awaited Sackboy; to make sure that all the Creator Curators can attend the upcoming Carnival of Creators! The first of the Creator Curators to be invited is the Emperor of The Orient; a pint sized Prima-Donna who is having trouble with a fire breathing behemoth.
Can Sackboy free the Emperor from this unwanted distraction and get him to attend the Carnival? That’s a question only a PSP owning player such as you can answer!

“The Popit Tool” by Craig Abraham, Associate Producer

The one must-have accessory that all Sackboys and Sackgirls just can’t live without is the Popit. It’s a fun-sized box of tricks that allows them to do all kinds of weird and wonderful things. If you want to customize your Sackperson’s attire then the Popit is the place to go. Or maybe you just want to show your artistic flair and brighten up a level? No Problem! Just open the Popit and choose one of the hundreds of stickers you may have picked up on your journey across LittleBigPlanet.

Create Mode is where the Popit really comes into its own though. There’s just so much on offer, you won’t know where to begin. Rummaging around the tools bag there’s all sorts of bolts and pistons, buttons and switches. Not to mention creature bits, sounds and music, or backgrounds to make your levels come to life. Emitters, cameras… the list goes on and on.

All the familiar tools are back too. There’s the material changer and the ever-so-useful capture object tool. Electricity, flame or deadly gas are all great ways of lethalizing your level if you’re feeling particularly nasty. The corner editor is essential for fine tuning, and so we’ve suped it up so you can edit multiple corners at once.

The goodies bag is where you’ll find all of the objects you’ve collected on your travels. It’s also where you can create new objects, and there are a few new settings in there too. You can place pre-made shapes or, if you prefer, ‘paint mode’ does exactly what it says on the tin. And the Popit cursor will allow you to manipulate all your objects, or tweak their settings as you see fit. You can even tweak things you might not have thought possible before!

Whoever you are, wherever you are, let your own personalized Sackperson take you on a ride and show you the plethora of potential waiting inside the perfectly proportioned portable Popit!

LBP (PS3): Game of the Year Edition – User Spotlight

In this week’s spotlight, we learn more about Chris Miller and his thoughts on “Great Gratuitous Raid of Goblin-Berg!”, his bonus level in the LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition. We hope you get a chance to play his level and special thanks to “thekillermiller” for inviting us into his home.

New on the PlayStation Store

We’re excited to introduce a new type of downloadable offering on the PlayStation Store – Music Pack 1 ($3.99).

If you’re looking to fill your level creations with some new music, this pack has got what you need. Head on over to MediaMolecule.com for more details from Kenny himself. And if you’re in the mood to preview the new songs, here’s a preview video (with audio, of course).

Also, on Wednesday, SCEA announced a PlayStation Store on Amazon.com – so in addition to gettin’ your LBP DLC on the PlayStation Store or through the in-game store, now there’s a new way to get your costume, sticker & level packs. So don’t forget to drop subtle *hints* to your friends / family to gift these purchases for you.

For more LittleBigPlanet updates, head over to LittleBigWorkshop!

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  • Good to see the pre-order bonuses going to be in Canada as well.. i will pre-order it when i get Ratchet and Clank: Crack in Time

  • That Tank costume looks amazing. Seriously.

    Are there any plans to put the Uncharted 2 costumes into LBP PS3?

  • So wait–I have a GO–if I download it within the first 30 days will I still get the free costumes???

    • Mark Valledor
      Mark Valledor

      Don\’t have the details yet, but we\’ll have something special for you as well.

  • BlackMoney18

    cool

  • echogridlock

    This game is the reason I bought a PSP.

  • Amagawd, give me some news on more LBP WATER!!!

  • Costumes from the PS3 version won’t be converted in any sort of way right? I would love to be able to use my Chun-Li costume that I already bought…

    That Sackboy Shoryuken would be nice for Ken and Ryu :P

  • no Elana?
    no buy

  • Tr3p1dat10n

    Any word on when the online coop level building will come out?

  • ProSoldier14

    The Ratchet & Clank PS3 LBP content annoucment should be coming soon!

  • crowsticky1234

    Cool, we having a Uncharted 2 costume exclusively for the PSP and other costumes as well. Is this great or what?

  • Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Can’t wait for this to come, but i don’t have a PSP :'(

  • i hope, we will have the same things in Europe..Please……………

  • Wonder if Amazon will be selling the download codes for LBP as well. Guess I’ll have to wait and see.

    • Mark Valledor
      Mark Valledor

      These should only be available at Amazon for pre-order, not post-launch.

  • i hope we will have the same thing in europe please plesae please !

  • Question though. What about the content we bought for LBP on the PS3, will it work on this game too or not?

    • Mark Valledor
      Mark Valledor

      Sorry, LBP (PS3) downloadable content, only works specifically for the PS3 version.

  • HEY WHAT DO WE DO IF WE BOUGHT THE PSP GO AND WE WANT THIS GAME!

  • Still not about Dissidia being up on PSN, I don’t care about this.

  • Costumes look awesome. How can pre-order when I have PSP Go? Do retailers have vouchers for digital downloads?

  • can you tell us when water come out?

  • MooseDog_00

    im getting this…
    just gotta get a psp first….
    anyone have any idea about any pspgo bundles or updates soon?

  • NITROWOLF_2

    I have a few question
    1: If you answered this in the article then im sorry i kind of just skimed through it but will there be some sort of connectivity to ps3 and psp LBP versions?
    2: Will make sackboy from the PS3 version be able to learn kung fu in a future update?
    3: Compared to the ps3 of the game, what has changed?(im not talking about controls i mean like is there any new type of mechanism that isn’t in the ps3 version of LBP)
    4:(not really a question) I WANT THIS NOW!!

    • Mark Valledor
      Mark Valledor

      1: Unfortunately, no current connectivity between the two.

      2: On the PS3 version, Sackboy\’s a master of \”Slap-Fu\”.

      3: We\’ll cover that in future articles.

      4: Love to hear it!

  • roseofmayix

    wtf happened to the Drake version of Sackboy? Seriously. It looks like some creepy old man.

    Also, Elena would have been better then Chloe, but Chloe is still cute.

    may not pre-order. may just wait for price drop since costumes are..icky.

  • “level Packs”

    Really? And I mean Really?

    Have they mentioned if the costumes can work on either version. Or am I expected to double dip.

  • Please tell us if it is possible to get the pre-order bonuses if you download the game. Thanks if you do.

  • Yea… Costumes arnt a big deal because you cant show them off with anyone… aka no online

  • Oh, And Wake me up when it’s $20 or less. I bought LBP PS3 at $60 and it’s worth it only because of the user levels.

    For the record I played it at PAX, it’s a fun game, but not different enough for me to pay full price.

  • yeah.., i just bought a Go (and i live in Europe..) and will this be possible to get without buying this as UMD too?? because it seems like a VERY stupid sales trick to say: “a new more expensive PSP (with Bluetooth which is very useful when i listen to music)and then say that there wont be any kind of pre-order bonus, maybe let us buy it now without getting the game and then we get the game for free when it comes out + the DLC? seems like almost the same thing as the shops do.

  • @TheAlp

    I want to know that too. I just got a 16 gb memory stick for my PSP (the Go was too expensive for my budget and I already own a lot of UMDs) and I want to download the game so I can share it with other PSP-using members of my family. But I really want the pre-order bonuses, so I want to know now if I should pre-order the UMD or download it.

  • So are these exclusive or like the PS3 pre-order incentives, exclusive until you decide to sell them in the store? Just asking, I know it’s something a lot of LBP gamers are wondering ;)

    • Mark Valledor
      Mark Valledor

      Yeah, lots of questions like this, and I anticipate lots more…

      The advantages of this particular exclusive is timing and price. You get the costumes way before normal-sackboys (who don\’t pre-order) might, and you get them \’free\’, vs getting them individually at a separate cost.

  • @darthlego

    you should not have to..

    it should be fair to all, think about if they made a new PS3 with lots of new features without blueray player (its not gonna happen because they would lose a lot of sales on people who want a blueray player with a build in gaming device) and then you could not get any pre-order bonuses without using money (too many if you live in Denmark but it works for me..) for a useless Disc you can see to the half of the original price on ebay after because you opened it to get the code.. simply stupid in my opinion.

  • GTAMOBSTERX4

    What about PSP GO users? Do we get the content or is Sony gonna screw us over even more? We got 3 PSP Games this week- all sports. 5 were released plus the other 400+ which isn’t in the PS store.

  • Few questions:

    1. Can you get these if you get the PS Store version?

    2. Are these exclusives to pre-order only? Or can you buy these off the PS Store later on?

  • what about the PSPgo people can they pre-order it through the Playstation Store and get these Pre-Order bonuses ?

    • Mark Valledor
      Mark Valledor

      Least I get these right…

      \”Water under the dam\”, or \”water over the bridge\”.

  • gettinmoney662

    I’m wondering the same thing as SpyDudeFX.

    Are these costumes “exclusive” like the GOW and Heavenly Sword costumes were exclusive?

    I pre-ordered the PS3 version at two places to make sure I got those “exclusive” costumes only to find them on the store a few months later. Although LBP is my favorite PS3 game, I’m not pre-ordering this. I’ll wait till there’s a price drop and then I’ll just get these “exclusive” costumes off of the store.

  • I want the pre-order bonuses for pspgo! BUT FIRST! DISSDIA!!! I EXPECTED IT TO BE ON THE STORE ALREADY!

  • Mark, thx for the reply. Any chance you can giveaway some water beta invites on the blog? I never got to enter because I was on vacation that week and would like to try the water. I think it would be cool if you offered a few more slots, since not everyone lives on the LBP forums lol

  • ok i want to get all the costumes but i have a psp GO and i will be downloading the game as soon as its available on the playstation store, how can i get all the costumes if theres no option to pre order on the PS store?

  • booo , i didnt pay attention to your replies lol , my bad

  • ThreeLeggedFreak

    Lack of multiplayer killed this game for me :(

  • I have a PSPGo so I guess I have to wait for the pre-order special for the PSPgo people.

  • There is one thing I noticed on this article and while playing this at Comic Con: PSP Sackboy has no tongue. I think the new “happiest” face is sorta creepy.

  • likedatkilla

    why is the psp go 249??

    I WANT AN ANSWER!!!

  • poweredbyzen

    i love my pspgo more and more each day with stuff like this – thank you sony for keeping this fanboy alive; yep, i only live on stuff like this. i’d die without it!

  • Looks Sick and getting it for my psp go !

  • Is the version that is for sale on amazon a version that will work for the PSP Go aka a download version?

  • gamemasta114

    @44

    Shut up you little whiny baby

  • Will there be anything for Uncharted 2 on the PS3 version? Because i would like Uncharted stuff for it.

  • I am definately going to preorder this the next time I have a chance to get to gamestop. but Id like to know if psp ownwers will be receiving monthly dlc like the ps3 version?

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