Media Molecule Moves Away from LittleBigPlanet, But Will Stay Involved

LittleBigPlanet has quickly become one of the most well-received and beloved franchises of our time, and rightfully so. With beautiful visuals, an extremely robust level editor, and a plethora of options to explore in each of its titles, nearly everyone has sat down with their family and/or friends to play some fun levels together. However, Media Molecule is looking to move on.

After three critically acclaimed releases, Media Molecule is placing LittleBigPlanet on the side, and have already begun focusing on something new. Siobhan Reddy, executive producer at Media Molecule, shared the next quote with Edge magazine at this year’s GameLab conference:

We’re stepping away from LittleBigPlanet to focus on some new ideas.

Fans of the adorable little Sackboy and his highly-customizable platforming experience have been surprised by this move, and didn’t hesitate to share their concern. Media Molecule posted the following on its Twitter feed in response to the feedback:

Loyal sackfolk – please be reassured that we will always be involved with LBP, at least a bit, and there’s lots more fun yet to come! <3

Speaking of which, a huge PlayStation Move patch is in production right now, and is quickly moving toward its late 2011 release. The patch will add Move functionality to the level editor allowing for a wide-array of options. Sackboy’s Prehistoric Move showed just how enjoyable the implementation of motion controls can be within the LittleBigPlanet environment, and we’re very excited to see what the patch will offer. It should be similar to when Media Molecule added water to LittleBigPlanet; a flood of awesome new levels appeared, and the game was just as fresh as ever.

Media Molecule is currently working on a new project, and it’s probably a new IP of sorts. It wasn’t long ago that they even advertised that they’re hiring, so development is likely in its very early stages. Whether or not it’s going to be a Create. Play. Share. title is the question on everyone’s mind, and secondly, what genre will it fall under?

Now that Media Molecule is taking its talents elsewhere, what would you like to see the company create? I wouldn’t mind a Sony version of Mario Kart, rich with quality gameplay and all of the characters we’ve enjoyed over the years. If not that, a new form of RPG would be killer, and could really change the landscape.