Some have speculated that the game will feature Move controls for racing akin to Mario Kart Wii, but Sony’s confirmation was exceptionally light on details. Here’s what they offered up:
Update: We can confirm that LittleBigPlanet Karting is in fact in development and we look forward to sharing more on the game soon!
The image you see to the right is what brought this once-rumor to the surface. Thesixthaxis reported that Future Shop had accidentally Tweeted the image and game announcement without Sony’s knowledge. The company has since pulled the Tweet and the image, but Thesixthaxis grabbed it before that went down.
They also report that the game will be developed by United Front, the studio behind ModNation Racers.
What we don’t understand about the news of this game is that, quite obviously, Sony already has a kart racing franchise with an emphasis on customization. ModNation Racers is a flagship title for the PlayStation 3, and Sony likes it so much that they ordered up a portable version for the PS Vita’s launch with ModNation Racers: Roadtrip.
This feels like a case of redundancy. LittleBigPlanet is a wonderful brand that’s been built on great design, a glorious community and an exceptional potential for customization. ModNation Racers is exactly that, but in kart racing form.
I’m not one to knock a game without trying it, so I’ll assume Sony’s studios are working on a strong game with LittleBigPlanet Karting, but I won’t stop questioning the necessity of the title.
Where do you stand on this one? Is this a case of redundancy in development, or a great decision in franchise expansion?