If you were hoping to get your hands on new adventures and stage building tools for Sackboy and his friends this holiday season, you're in for some disappointment. Developer Media Molecule has announced that it must delay LittleBigPlanet 2 for the Sony PlayStation 3 until January 2011 in order to get everything just right. Here's some of the company's statement in which it explains the reasons for the delay:
We’ve all been working like powered-up space ninjas and we’re almost there, but because we love what we’ve made, and we love our little sack-friends, and most of all we love all our fans out there, we couldn’t let you all get together until we knew we were giving you the best experience imaginable. Which is why we’ve taken the hard decision to delay the worldwide release of LittleBigPlanet 2, originally slated for later this year to January 2011.
We know this will come as disappointing news for all you LittleBigPlanet fans, and believe us, we are disappointed too. We are a tight-knit team and we take enormous pride in our work, so to raise the bar we’ve set with the original LittleBigPlanet, a game that has been so embraced by all, we’ve agreed to allow ourselves a bit more time to deliver the experience that our great fans and community deserve. We are truly sorry, but hope you understand that we have to build the best possible game, as it is the foundation of our community.
Considering how ambitious this game is shaping up to be (the E3 demo I played seemed like more of the same, but there's so much that was not on display at the time), I say they can take all the time they need to get this sequel right (especially considering that many people don't believe the original LittleBigPlanet needs a sequel thanks to the glut of user-created content available for it). Personally, my holiday gaming season is looking a bit crowded as it is, so I appreciate the schedule change.