confirming longtime rumours Sony has today announced LittleBigPlanet Karting, the newest adventure in the award-winning LittleBigPlanet franchise, exclusively for PlayStation3.
Developed by United Front Games, makers of the Modnation Racers series, in conjunction with Media Molecule, LittleBigPlanet Karting takes the ‘Play, Create, Share’ ethos of LittleBigPlanet and brings it to a fast-paced karting game set within an endlessly imaginative world.
From the official press release:
Join Sackboy and Sackgirl as they make the leap to 3D in a karting adventure to save the Craftworld universe, rendered as beautifully as ever, only now with three dimensions of fun.
Vibrant game worlds will play host to classic karting action as well as a host of other game modes including ultra-competitive arena battles, split screen mode or online via PlayStation®Network, adventurous objective-based missions and even mini-games providing fun for fans and newcomers, young or old.
This would not be LittleBigPlanet without a world of customisation, and LittleBigPlanetTM Karting comes loaded with a range of tools – some familiar and some new – to create levels as unique and varied as the six million user-generated levels that the franchise has already been used to generate.
Creativity is not just limited to designing tracks; players can also make their own game rules that leave the constraints of a traditional karting game back in the starting grid. Combined with the all-new 3D environments, plus the ability to customise SackboyTM, karts, and more.
As ever, the emphasis is as much on sharing as on creation. All user-generated content will be sharable around the world through PlayStation®Network, providing access to what promises to be millions of LittleBigPlanet Karting experiences created by the community.
There is no firm release date yet, beyond a the usual vague ’2012′ time frame, but as soon as we hear anything more concrete we’ll let you know.