Buzz! mini-pack out today, what’s inside?

Mar 26th 2009 - 1:14 PM

It was previously announced that the Buzz! costume would be released today, though a sweet suprise has hit us - it’s a Buzz! mini-pack, yay!

The Buzz! costume is still going to be available, complete with a range of 20 Buzz! themed stickers. Horrah! Quiz themed levels ahoy!

Buzz! mini-pack
Fingers on buzzers!

Buzz! mini-pack
Damn, he looks so happy!

  • 1 Costume skin material:
    • Buzz! skin
  • 7 Costume items:

    • Buzz! Glasses
    • Buzz! Tie
    • Buzz! Hair
  • Stickers

    • Buzz! Button
    • Tick
    • Cross
    • Number 1
    • Number 2
    • Number 3
    • Number 4
    • Lightbulb
    • Buzz! Head
    • Red Arrow
    • Green Arrow
    • Buzz! Logo
    • Orange Button
    • Yellow Button
    • Blue Button
    • Buzz! Left Arm
    • Buzz! Buzzer
    • Green Button
    • Buzz! Right Arm
    • Buzz! Body

No word on pricing yet, though previous mini-packs have all been priced at £2.39 / €2.99 / $2.99 / ¥300. The more observant among you will noticed that this pack contains the smallest amount of content though.
The original announcement thread has been updated from Buzz! costume to mini-pack and now includes prices $1.99/€1.99 (£1.59).

Full details over on the LittleBigWorkshop forums.

Shout out to mnimmo for poking us about it.


Media Molecule ‘halfway through’ development of LittleBigPlanet

Mar 26th 2009 - 11:38 AM

Speaking at GDC, Alex Evans and Mark Healey have revealed that there will be plenty more to come for LittleBigPlanet, with Mark saying:

We still feel like we’re halfway through the development of LittleBigPlanet, to be honest

...which is a tasty reminder that the game is still expanding and will be offering even more to the community as time rolls on. If the game really is considered to be ‘halfway’ through development, we can all expect to see some pretty epic updates throughout 2009.

In the months since launch, we’ve been treated to regular free DLC, plus paid-for DLC like that big game changing premium content - the Metal Gear Solid pack. Improvements to the game via patches and updates have also been made regularly - and let’s not forget that the next big patch is due very soon. In fact, there’ll be news on Cornish Yarg later today.

The pair also gave some interesting insight in to the development of the game and the ways in which it has changed since its initial conception. We won’t repeat the article here though, because it’s already been splendidly written over on Eurogamer.


LittleBigPlanet picks up four trophies at the Game Developers Choice Awards

Mar 26th 2009 - 10:49 AM

Whilst still hot from the excitement of that BAFTA award the other week, Media Molecule have just picked up 4 new awards for LittleBigPlanet at the Game Developers Choice Awards.

Hosted by the much loved developer Tim Schafer, the awards are judged by a panel of game creators and the award ceremony forms part of the GDC conference in San Francisco. LittleBigPlanet had 7 nominations (out of a total 10 categories) and has walked off with a healthy 4 awards. Congratulations Mm!

The complete list of GDC winners and nominations is as follows:

  • Best New Debut: LittleBigPlanet w00t!
    • Other nominees: Braid, Sins of a Solar Empire, World of Goo and Soul Bubbles
  • Best Audio:Dead Space

    • Other nominees: L4D, MGS4, Gears of War 2
  • Best Game Design: LittleBigPlanet w00t!

    • Other nominees: Fallout 3, L4D, Braid and Far Cry 2
  • Best Downloadable Game: World of Goo

    • Other nominees: Braid, N+, PixelJunk Eden, Castle Crashers
  • Best Handheld Game: God of War: Chains of Olympus

    • Other nominees: Patapon, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, echochrome, The World Ends With You
  • Best Writing Award: Fallout 3

    • Other nominees: Braid, MGS4, GTAIV and Far Cry 2
  • Best Technology Award: LittleBigPlanet w00t!

    • Other nominees: Gears of War 2, Left 4 Dead, GTAIV and Spore
  • Best Visual Art Award: Prince of Persia

    • Other nominees: LittleBigPlanet, Gears of War 2, MGS4 and Fallout 3
  • Innovation Award: LittleBigPlanetw00t!

    • Other nominees: Spore, World of Goo, Boom Blox, Braid
  • Game of the Year Award: Fallout 3

    • Other nominees: Fable 2, LittleBigPlanet, Left 4 Dead, GTAIV
  • Ambassador Award: Tommy Tallarico
  • Pioneer Award: Harmonix’s Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy
  • Life Time Acheivement Award: Hideo Kojima


More details about the awards on the official site.


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Mar 26th 2009 - 1:04 AM

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ALL SYSTEMS REPORT
Life support: 100%
Observation deck: 100%
Shields: 100%
Stabilisers: 93% and failling
Core temperature rising


Cornish Yarg now in QA: In-game XMB music, Global Lighting tool

Mar 20th 2009 - 12:50 AM

Juicy information about the upcoming update patch for LittleBigPlanet known as “Cornish Yarg” has been revealed In the latest Media Molecule podcast.

Some new features, not previously known have been revealed:

The patch is currently in QA and apparently awaiting feedback from Sony - the final stages of release. Fingers crossed for no major bugs and we should have this very soon.


The global lighting controller first appeared in the MGS4 pack and allows for adjustable lighting effects to be added to different parts of a level, allowing for the creation of truly atmospheric stages.

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Epic 8-hour long level creation sessions can now be accompanied by your own music.

The Cornish Yarg patch was originally slated for an end of January release, but it’s only now that we have this glimpse of a true release date. It’s also thought that online create mode will be coming with Cornish Yarg, though this is unconfirmed.

It’s also worth mentioning that the podcast clarifies that the Frying pan slap has been available in game for a while now, and makes a Shooting-stars style comedy CLANG! sound when you slap other players with it.

Head over to Media Molecule to listen to the latest and greatest podcast, order find it in the iTunes podcast library.

Thanks for Pixelledfox for the heads up. We were still syncing our iPods for some bedtime listening wink

[UPDATE]

Sam Protagonist has said on the LittleBigWorkshop forums that Cornish Yarg will not contain the much anticipated online create. A previously leaked updates schedule suggested that online create would be in Cornish Yarg, but Sam says that this is not the case:

Online creating is still coming but it is not part of the Cornish Yarg update. It is planned to be released as part of an update that also tackles some of the latency issues players have encountered to date.
There’ll be plenty more news on the subject when it’s a little closer to being ready to go.

This would suggest that online create would be coming in the “TCP/IP” networking patch to be known as Leerdammer.
You can read his message on the forums.


The Killzone 2 mini-pack is here, what’s inside?

Mar 19th 2009 - 7:50 PM

Yay! It’s DLC Thursday once more and today is the day that the Killzone 2 mini-pack is released! Horrah!

The mini-pack is rammed full of stickers to help you create the ultimate Killzone themed levels. The pack also contains two costumes, and costs £2.39 / €2.99 / $2.99 / ¥300.

But enough chit-chat, let’s take a look inside the pack:

Killzone 2 mini-pack
Sev, looking grumpy

Killzone 2 mini-pack
Killzone + Paintinator = win

Killzone 2 mini-pack
Probably the scariest Sackboys yet…

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  • 1 Costume skin material:
    • ‘Sev’ Skin
  • 7 Costume items:
    • Helghast Helmet
    • Helghast Gasmask
    • Helghast Trousers
    • Helghast Vest
    • ISA Battledress Tunic
    • ‘Sev’ Haircut
    • ISA Battledress Trousers
  • 32 Stickers:

    • Rank Sergeant
    • Rank General
    • Rank Major
    • Rank Sergeant Major
    • ISA Propaganda I
    • ISA Propaganda II
    • Killzone Logo
    • Guerrilla Logo
    • ISA Logo
    • Helghast Logo
    • ISA Seal
    • ISA Sabotage Badge
    • Helghast Assault Badge
    • ISA Alliance
    • Warning Sign
    • Proceed Sign
    • Caution Fire
    • Caution Stop
    • Helghan Text I
    • Helghan Text II
    • Helghan Text III
    • Helghan Text IV
    • Helghan Seal
    • Helghan Property
    • Helghan Propaganda I
    • Helghan Propaganda II
    • Helghast Tactical Badge
    • Helghast Assault Badge
    • Sev
    • Helghast
    • Bullethole
    • Bulletholes

Head on over to Media Molecule’s article for those official screenshots.

[UPDATE]

There is currently a problem with the PlayStation Store, both in Europe and North America. For many users, it is currently not possible for people to purchase this and other content from the store, but we’re hoping that normal service will resume again soon.

[UPDATE AGAIN]

PSN user BlahYourHamster has created a level containing all the stickers. So you can “see them before you buy”. More info on the EU community forums.


LittleBigLand Crown competition winners announced

Mar 17th 2009 - 12:46 PM

If you entered LittleBigLand’s Crown competition, maybe you won! Now might be a good time to go and check eh?

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We have been utterly bowled over by the skill, imagination and time that you fine sack people have put into your creations, many of these levels have been truly magical and you all deserve one of these fantastical crowns, but alas sadly we only had one to give away.

We have all been beavering away trying to play and finish your levels, some we completed, some we didn’t, some very deviously tricky parts in some of those levels!

Finally though we have made our minds who we think deserve to be the winners. So without further ado…

The Winner of LittleBigLands Fantastical Crown Competition is…

We won’t spoil it, why don’t you head over to LittleBigLand to see if you won, or to check out the excellent videos of the winning entries!


Leprechaun Costume due in North America on St Patricks Day (March 17th)

Mar 13th 2009 - 3:55 PM

We’re getting a lot of confused emails coming through about the St Patricks Day Leprechaun costume which was not released as expected on the North American PSN Store yesterday.

SCEA have planned to release the costume on St Patricks Day itself, which is next Tuesday March 17th. Sam wasn’t quite aware of this when he made the announcement yesterday, and apologises for the muddle.

It’s only a short wait, so keep your sack-socks on!

It is unclear as to whether it will be available for a week in America (as it will be elsewhere) or just 2 days (when the next store update is).


Community spotlight: The Little Big Podcast

Mar 13th 2009 - 1:42 PM

Little Big Podcast

The Little Big Podcast is a video podcast run by two chaps called Daniel and Austin. Based in the U.S, their podcast is a fortnightly show focussing on the weirdest, funniest and best LittleBigPlanet community levels, plus anything and everything relating to the game.

Inspired by the create-mode of LittleBigPlanet, their first show came out around a week after the game, so they’ve been busy right from the start producing what has now become a top-notch, and often hilarious show. Daniel says:

We grew up being Lego fans, so this [LittleBigPlanet] was a dream come true. To be able to create almost anything and share it with the world was a revolution that we had to be part of. We are big Burnout Paradise fans, and the guys over at Criterion Games started a great show. Mm had not started a show at the time of release, so we thought we could take a shot at it.
Our viewers can contact us and tell us what they want to see on the show. Then we have a behind-the-scenes show where our viewers can see outtakes, and random things that are cool, but have nothing to do with our shows. All of our shows are also on the iTunes Store.

Daniel and Austin have truly managed to carve a little place in the LittleBigPlanet community. They keep themselves busy with the LittleBigPodcast, but also run two other shows (one called the Viewer Controlled Podcast).

The most recent full length show of the LittleBigPodcast (episode 10) is almost an hour long, and focusses on some of the very best in community levels (some which you simply *have* to play). The end of the show features a very interesting dissection of the original GDC 2007 trailer. Daniel and Austin point out that in the original trailer, LittleBigPlanet appears to have five plains of 3d (as opposed to the current three). Sackboy characters also have the ability to stand on each others shoulders - another feature which didn’t make it in to the final build. Along with other observations about the original LBP trailer, this section of the show is particularly insightful.

Here is episode 10 in it’s entirety:

We have to admit right now that we’re big fans of the LittleBigPodcast. Keep up the good work guys and we look forward to the next episode!

You can subscribe to the show right now via iTunes and RSS, or watch it online on their Blip TV Channel. We recommend subscribing via iTunes as it’s a bit faster than streaming from blip.tv, depending on where you are in the world…


Sackboy character spied in Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic

Mar 12th 2009 - 6:12 PM

Whilst watching the latest trailer for Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic, we’ve noticed that Sackboy makes an appearance!
We’re hoping he’s playable of course, but then we see little reason that he’d appear in a trailer for the game if he wasn’t.

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Could you karate chop that little face?

Seeing Sackboy in Rag Doll Kung Fu kind of completes a circle of zen.  The original Rag Doll Kung Fu, released in 2005 was designed by Mark Healey, and worked upon by all the other founding members of Media Molecule: Alex Evans, Dave Smith and Kareem Ettouney.

Head on over to the PlayStation Blog for full details about the game and it’s March April 9th PSN release date.


DLC Info Blowout, new costumes galore!

Mar 12th 2009 - 5:00 PM

Ahhh, the sweet taste of news!
It’s been a bit quiet on the DLC news front recently, with last week’s “Sack it to me” on the U.S blog even saying they were biting their tongue, due to lack of news.

The wait is over today though, as Sam Protagonist just revealed the next five weeks worth of upcoming DLC content. Woohoo! Let’s take a look…

March 12th

St Patrick's Day Leprechaun costume

March 19th

Killzone Mini-pack

  • Killzone Mini-pack - £2.39/$2.99/€2.99 (available permanently)
  • Contains Sev and Helghast costumes
  • 32 Killzone themed stickers


March 26th

Buzz! costume


April 2nd

Patapon costume

  • Patapon costume - £1.59/$1.99/€1.99 (available permanently)
  • Includes a selection of weapon options


April 9th

Heavenly Sword Mini-pack

  • Heavenly Sword Mini-pack - £2.39/$2.99/€2.99 (available permanently)
  • Contains costumes for both Kai and Nariko
  • Contains 27 Heavenly Sword themed stickers


April 16th

Monkey Costume (Design A Sackboy Competition Winner)

As always, check out our complete DLC archive for the full list of available DLC items for LittleBigPlanet.


The best cake ever made?

Mar 12th 2009 - 3:39 PM

Sent to our inbox only minutes ago, photos of possibly the best cake ever made. Cjsm, the creator behind this cake, says

“We just completed a cake for my daughter’s birthday and thought you might enjoy seeing it. LBP is the only game she plays and we thought it would be cute to immortalize her sackgirl in gum paste!”

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Indeed we did enjoying seeing it, and now we can’t help but wonder what it tastes like. Mmmm cake.

More photos of this, and some other awesome cakes are available on the creator’s Flickr stream.


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