The LittleBigPlanet Karting circle is now complete. First revealed earlier in the week by a tweet from @FS_Gamer, Sackboy's next adventure has now been confirmed, appropriately enough, by a tweet from Sony's @PlayStation account.
That said, only the game's existence has been verified. Who is devloping LittleBigPlanet Karting, when it'll arrive, and what platforms it's intended for remain open questions.
When retailer Future Shop's @FS_Gamer first broke the news about LittleBigPlanet Karting, the tweet (since removed) promised both a "Move compatible wheel" and that the game will be "3D capable." Those two details, if accurate, clearly point straight at the PlayStation 3 as the game's intended console. While a PSP version of the game seems, at this point, extraordinarily unlikely, the same is not true of PlayStation Vita. Sure, the Vita lacks any kind of 3D support, but its motion sensors should be able to easily stand in for the Move wheel -- WipEout 2048 already offers a similar control option.
The question of who may be developing the title, on the other hand, is much more vexing. Obviously, the best case scenario is that the geniuses at Media Molecule are themselves on the job. Unfortunately, after delivering two LittleBigPlanet games, MM hasn't been shy about revealing its intentions to "focus on some new ideas," and one suspects that a Sackboy racer may not be enough of a "new idea" to hold the developer's attention.
United Front Games, developers of ModNation Racers, seem like the next obvious choice to shepherd Sackboy's inaugural kart racer, though there is a complication. UFG is deep in development on Sleeping Dogs, the one-time True Crime game acquired by Square Enix, which may keep the studio busy for the foreseeable future.
Of the remaining obvious possibilities, Studio Liverpool is (presumably) still working on the PS3 version of WipEout 2048, so that the promise of cross-play with the Vita release doesn't go unfulfilled. Sony Santa Monica, meanwhile, is all but confirmed to be busy with God of War 4. Who does that leave? The @PlayStation tweet confirming LittleBigPlanet Karting doesn't appear to hold any clues.
"Update: We can confirm that LittleBigPlanet Karting is in fact in development and we look forward to sharing more on the game soon!"
Personally, my favorite "what if" scenario involves none other than Polyphony Digital, developer of Gran Turismo. By its own admission, Polyphony has long since started work on Gran Turismo 6. But for those not in the know, the developer's very first game was, in fact, a kart racer -- Motor Toon Gran Prix, some of the code from which reportedly found its way into the first Gran Turismo. Given the glacial pace of Polyphony Digital releases, putting the developer in charge of LittleBigPlanet Karting may be a long shot, but a fella can dream, right?
Ranters, how much interest do you have in LittleBigPlanet Karting? Who would you most like to see develop the game? Let us know in the comments below.
LittleBigPlanet Karting is currently in development.
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