LittleBigPlanet Karting Beta Starts Next Week

Sony have revealed that the beta for United Front Games’ LittleBigPlanet Karting will begin next Tuesday. The beta will take place from July 10th to July 31st, with invites being sent out in waves over the beta period, as with the recent LBP Vita test.

In other news, the recent Karting Game Jam – a regular occurrence for upcoming LBP titles or updates – seems to have gone down well with the creating community. In a detailed post on the series fansite LBP Central, those attending the event praised the pathfinder tools, the Kartinator, and the new Controllinator, the latter of which reassigns controls at the creator’s will – meaning that levels created don’t have to involve racing at all, but can effectively just be anything in a 3D space.


“I think my first feeling was one of bewilderment. I don’t think any of us – me especially – expected the game to support as much as it does,” writes creator ConfusedCartman. “It really does support essentially everything LBP2 supports, plus an entire third dimension.”

And for those not yet excited about what the LittleBigPlanet universe can bring to a racer, here’s some words from the interestingly-named Spider-Jew:

“Battle Arena is going to allow people to go in and create any game genre. I worked on a set of mini games where you go from playing basketball, to ice hockey, and then to mountain climbing.

You could have Capture The Flag, Base Defense, recreate your favorite game world to explore, create a city filled with mini games/missions, create fun movies…and of course, throw a cow in someone’s base to earn points and give the other team a disease which turns them into cows that run backwards and ‘moo’ constantly!”

While no date has yet been announced, LittleBigPlanet Karting is scheduled for a release on PS3 sometime towards the end of the year.

Source: PlayStation Blog



  1. Well, the options sound endless! Wasn’t expecting that sort of versatility actually, just thought it was exclusively karting.

    Really want a shot of this.

    • Same here, just thought it was karts. Will be interesting to see what can be done.

    • I also thought this would be just Karting and wasn’t really interested although i love the LBP games. But “anything in a 3D space” makes it a much more interesting proposition.

  2. Great stuff.

    Definitely going to check in on the creation stuff.

  3. OK, now I’m interested.

  4. WTH…. this in my eyes is no longer a reskinned Modnation Racers, sounds amazing hope it works great. oh and oh…. hopefully you can import created music from LBP2, it can’t be missed.

  5. I can’t pinpoint it, but I just love participating in betas (let alone being invited, because I am so special afterall, LOL), but yeah, betas are cool, so I mourn the fact that I don’t currently own a PS Vita.

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