LittleBigPlanet’s Japanese Online Servers Being Closed Next Month, Karting Globally

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The Japanese servers for the entire LittleBigPlanet game series – that’s the original, LBP2, LBP3, LBP Karting, Portable & Vita – are being shut down on July 31, it’s been announced.

The news comes via a series of Service Update posts on the Japanese PlayStation website. One might perhaps understand the reason to kill the servers for the PS3, and the portable titles, but a particular oddity here is the inclusion of PlayStation 4’s LittleBigPlanet 3, a game which only launched in December 2014.

The shut down means you’ll no longer be able to share levels, or play those created by other users – the series’ biggest selling point. Nothing’s been announced regarding closure of the NA and EU servers.

Update: Turns out that LBP PSP is being shut down on July 31st worldwide, and LBP Karting servers are being shut down in North America (at least) on August 31st.


Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, via NeoGAF

9 Comments

  1. Surprising LBP3 is included. I should probably go and download some of the better levels before they disappear for good, NA and EU are sure to follow.

  2. None of the source links work.

  3. Very weird. I hope this isn’t some sort of a bad omen for Media Mollecule.

    • Talking of MM, what happened to their creation game thing they announced a year or so ago and no on really understood the point of?

      • Dreams? They showed it at Paris last year and have been quiet since. Expect to see more of it with the end of year conferences.

  4. Can’t see the same happening for EU and NA anytime soon. The games still pull a lot of numbers. LBP 1 has been consistent among the most played ps3 online games. That being said, I have seen stranger game shutdowns and premature ones too (cough Resistance and Motorstorm).

  5. I hope the EU servers don’t go the same way. My levels still get regular plays so hopefully they wont be going anywhere soon.

  6. Wow LBP 3?!?!? So LBP 1 lasted longer than LBP 3
    So weird! I’d assume LBP1/2 to close but 3 to remain for years

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