LittleBigPlanet 3, Sumo Digital's take on the ever-popular series from Media Molecule, received some fascinating news today during Sony's press conference at gamescom. Sumo Digital is revamping and refreshing the traditional Create Mode formula that fans might be familiar with. The best part is that no longer our players limited to the silly thermometer when playing with all of the new gadgets.
The first major addition to Create Mode is the ability to completely customize the playable characters. Of course, anyone that has delved into the titles before knows that Sackboy isn't one to keep his clothes on for more than five minutes. He requires constant wardrobe changes. As the old saying goes, Swoops of a feather flock together, and LittleBigPlanet 3 exemplifies that perfectly. Sackboy, Swoop, Toggle, and Oddsock can still pull out their inner award show host and change every time they appear on-screen, but so much more has been added. Through Create Mode, players can add custom features to the new roster additions, meaning Swoop can become a fire-breathing dragon and Oddsock can roleplay as Superdog. Unless there are game designing virtuosos out there, chances are that a Pokémon level will not be available, but the ability to completely customize the playable characters definitely adds a new field of freedom to the game.
Sackboy isn't left out of the entire fiasco though. Using a brand new tool called the Blaster Handle, creative minds can craft gadgets for all the little Sackboys and Sackgirls in the world. The only limit is, of course, the imagination of the player. I choose to imagine lightsabers, but that could just be me. To experience these major changes, Sumo Digital has also implemented sixteen-layer levels. Yes, players can now jump back and forth through massive levels, adding an almost 3D experience to the 2D sidescroller. And for the lazy ones who do not want to pass through nine layers at once, the developers have implemented a nifty new object to transport from one layer to another without passing through every individual one.
Sumo Digital has also previously announced level stitching, a feature previously left lacking detail, but now we know exactly what it means. Similar to the way Story Mode is outlined in past installments, players can create entire worlds filled with their own levels and stories using the Organisertron. It's no Cakeinator, but the device definitely has its own lovely and unique ability.
PlayStation 4 owners can use the DualShock touchpad to manipulate and create their world with their fingers. Touch Create removes the very small number of boundaries set by the last few titles. My only hope is that this does not keep many exclusive features from the PlayStation 3 edition, but more news should be coming out regarding that as the release date nears.
As it turns out, Sackboy's zipper might be good for more than just keeping in stuffing. LittleBigPlanet 3 introduces a plethora of collectible power-ups that can be stored in another new addition, the Sack Pocket. His new personal storage space will be able to hold many of the new devices in the game, ranging from the seventy never-before-seen tools to the thirty-nine ones that have been available in LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. Oh, and those are just the ones that are being introduced or updated. Overall, LittleBigPlanet 3 will feature 250 tools that can be easily collected by Sackboy and friends.
What is the LittleBigPlanet series without its community features? Coming alongside the ability to upload directly to YouTube from the PlayStation 4 are brand new Share features. Players on the PS4 will be able to create level trailers that can be uploaded to lbp.me, the official site for user-generated LittleBigPlanet content. Needless to say, I better see a Swoop button level on there, Neoseeker!
That's a lot of upcoming content, but this stuff is all necessary to make the game truly infinite. Imagination and the console hard drive are the only limitations in the way now. LittleBigPlanet 3 will launch on November 18 on the Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.