Most of us certainly had Sony's ModNation Racers pegged as the LittleBigPlanet of kart racing video games, but now that honor will fall to the actual LittleBigPlanet Karting title for the Sony PlayStation 3. Officially announced this morning over at the PlayStation Blog, Karting appears to be the lovechild of ModNation and Sackboy's own franchise. That's fitting since Karting's developer, United Front Games, also brought us ModNation. Here's the senior producer at United Front, James Grieve, explaining some of what we can expect from LittleBigPlanet Karting:
Our goal with LBP Karting has been fairly simple – provide a fast-paced experience that captures the best of classic karting gameplay, married with the unbridled creativity of LBP. This new adventure will be accessible to players of all ages and have all of the variety necessary to satisfy both the hardcore and more casual players.
This is an LBP game, so we could never talk about it without mentioning the Create tools. LBP Karting is set in an entirely 3D world that will enable players to create rich and varied gameplay experiences. Tons of familiar LBP gadgets will be present, along with a new toolbox specifically tailored to allow for building in LBP Karting’s 3D world. Along with fan-favorite racing and battle modes, players will be able to modify the rules of the game itself to create completely new modes and challenges. All of this is wrapped up in a community experience that should have LBP fans feeling right at home.
Honestly, I'm not quite sure why Karting exists. ModNation seemed to fill the need for a user-customizable kart title for the PlayStation family. That's not to say that a publisher can't release more than one series per genre, of course, and I'm sure that the folks who love creating their own LittleBigPlanet levels and/or ModNation Racers tracks will buy into this immediately when it releases later this year, but at first glance I don't see what should excite me about this. I want to be excited and I do enjoy the LittleBigPlanet titles, but my first reaction when seeing the Karting trailer is "Hmm, ok, so that's happening." That's not really a wonderful first impression. Am I off the mark here? Are you all excited about this one?