New Direction for LittleBigPlanet?

Alex Evans, co-founder of Media Molecule, dropped the bomb in an interview with Gamasutra when he revealed that LittleBigPlanet may be going in a new direction.

Okay, so the fact that a forward thinking developer like Media Molecule would continue to update and support their flagship game may not exactly be ‘dropping the bomb.’ But when Alex Evans says that something “really f&#*ing cool” was coming to one of the most ambitious games of all time, you take notice.

“It’s a quite interesting thing because it was like a magnet,” he says. “Everyone sort of [joined in] on that thing, then I suddenly saw these people kind of going, ‘Oh my god, far from being tired of LBP, I suddenly see this untapped potential.'”

We all expected Media Molecule to continuously update LBP with new costumes and tools but many people were worried that things would become stale regardless of this new content. However, Evans seems to be hinting that new updates will be a little more substantial than a new set of stickers and some colorful building material.

“In ways that hopefully will still be fresh so when it comes back, people won’t be like, ‘Yeah, they just exploited that thing, and it’s really obvious that they would do that.’ I think LBP is in their future, and hopefully in surprising ways.”

So what kinds of things are we talking about here? I’m hoping they add some tools that would allow me to create a more in-depth kind of game, like a way of stat tracking to create rpg levels. Or better yet, a system that easily allows me to recreate all of my favorite moments from Gunstar Heroes.

But Mr. Evans wasn’t done there. He made some mention of what type of games Media Molecule might be interested in making in the future. And big surprise: They’ll likely be focused on user-created content.

“It doesn’t have to be LBP-style creativity. It could be musical, or it could be God knows what. I think there’s definitely a fixation at Media Molecule around the idea of engaging players creatively.”