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Sony Working On LittleBigPlanet MMO?

LittleBigUniverse, presumably.

A new job listing on the LittleBigPlanet website suggests that Sony are at least looking into, if not already working on, an MMO based in the LBP universe.

So there I was, casually reading the latest of the regular LittleBigPlanet community updates on the PlayStation Blog when I noticed that Media Molecule (and the rest of the LBP studios – Double Eleven, United Front etc.) are hiring.

Reading through the listings, which include gameplay, tools and network positions – there’s not too much exciting, until you get to the page for Lead Community Manager.

Under the ‘requirements’ section is “a strong knowledge and passion for games, ideally to include social gaming and MMO’s”. Now sure, the LBP franchise is easily the most family-friendly in Sony’s stable (sorry Kratos!), but the existing entries are pretty solid and challenging platformers, not what you’d describe as “social games”.

And, while the series is pretty well-known for its online capabilities, you wouldn’t really describe any of the games so far as MMOs.

Now of course this could just be Sony looking for someone with a lot of experience dealing with creative and commited communities like the one that surrounds Media Molecule’s baby, but given the company’s recent experiments with console MMOs (in the form of Free Realms, DCUO and Home), and testing of the free-to-play waters (MAG, Killzone 3), it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to suggest some kind of ‘LittleBigUniverse’ project is brewing somewhere at the Worldwide Studios.

Looking for a community manager with MMO experience now suggests that such a project might already be pretty far along.

Roll on E3…

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  1. GhostViper
    Since: Aug 2008

    Sackboy is getting around. Looking forward to seeing what this is if true.
    And also looking forward to seeing what Media Molecule is doing.

    Comment posted on 16/04/2012 at 20:32.
  2. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    Are Social Gaming and MMOs not at opposite ends of the gaming ‘hardcore’ spectrum?
    Unless you’re talking micro transactions.
    I’d think a scaled down LBP would be a good fit for social gaming, especially if some version of create mode was included.

    Comment posted on 16/04/2012 at 20:33.
  3. ron_mcphatty
    Since: Sep 2008

    Its a shame we can’t send Media Molecule request… wait a minute, I’m going to Guildford on Wednesday, maybe I can ask them for Minecraft meets hemp and cotton in person!

    Comment posted on 16/04/2012 at 20:34.
  4. nofi
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    Hopefully a PS4 thing.

    Comment posted on 16/04/2012 at 20:39.
  5. stage1
    Since: Feb 2012

    This sounds interesting, hope they have news at E3.

    Comment posted on 16/04/2012 at 20:52.
  6. bmg_123
    Since: Feb 2012

    I don’t see how this would work. What would you do? How would the world be shown? It’ll be interesting to see whether this is true, and if it looks good I’ll probably be a sucker for it too. I’d assume it would be going the SOE free to play route, no?

    Comment posted on 16/04/2012 at 21:02.
  7. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    Sounds intriguing and potentially very exciting, nice find and i hope we hear something official soon.

    Comment posted on 16/04/2012 at 21:23.
  8. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    This will be ace.

    Comment posted on 16/04/2012 at 21:41.
  9. Aquastyle
    Since: Jul 2010

    That’s a really interesting idea. Perhaps it’ll be something like Minecraft having various servers with lots of people on huge building projects on some, and unsafe platforming mayhem on others. Either way a really cool idea.

    Comment posted on 16/04/2012 at 21:56.
  10. Sympozium
    Since: Aug 2009

    It hardly works with 4-players so a MMO.. could be even worse. They really need to sort out the lag.

    Comment posted on 16/04/2012 at 22:06.