LittleBigPlanet Karting Is A Thing
It was rumoured last night, it was confirmed today.
And by rumoured, we mean ‘announced but no-one could actually quite believe it was a real thing’ because LittleBigPlanet Karting is treading on the toes of ModNation Racers. Which is also published by Sony. Which makes it utter madness for Sony to be publishing a karting game starring cartoony characters with the emphasis being on your creations.
Why would Sony do such a thing? No idea. The announcement itself is sketchy at best, as it was met by disbelief and only the grainy promo image confirms LittleBigPlanet Karting’s existence. Sony didn’t release any media to go alongside the announcement and details are thin on the ground. Move support is rumoured but that’s all it is – a rumour. Besides which, at this point, it would probably be a bigger shock if a karting game published by Sony didn’t feature Move.
LittleBigPlanet Karting will also support 3D, continuing Sony’s big push into that area.
There are now rumours circulating that the ModNation team themselves are behind this. So is Sony dropping ModNation altogether and making LittleBigPlanet home of its kart creation IP? LittleBigPlanet is certainly the bigger game, so perhaps Sony thinks it makes sense to tie the idea into a bigger IP, especially as ModNation never made huge waves at retail.
The timing of the announcement is also a little strange, as it seems to pull the rug under ModNation Racers on Vita, but we are in an era where THQ’s VP promises Saints Row 4 will be even wilder than Saints Row 3 before anyone even had a chance to play it, so who really knows when a good time to announce a new game is anymore?
We’ll just have to wait and see what details Sony throw out way now LittleBigPlanet Karting has been confirmed. It certainly has the potential for wilder creations than ModNation offered, as the ingenuity of the series was with the way players could twist the tools into unpredictable results.
Fingers crossed this lives up to the LittleBigPlanet series and what it has done to date. We’d hate for ModNation Racers to be tossed aside for nothing…