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United Front Games Art Director Rob Oliveira announced today that the ModNation Racers PS3 Beta starts December 18, 2009 and also shared a video below.

To quote: I'm taking a quick break from work to talk to you about some more character creation features in ModNation Racers.

But first, here's a date you're going to want to mark down on your calendars. December 18. That's the day we open up the ModNation Racers Beta to you.

The Beta runs through January 10, and you'll have the chance to score a Beta voucher right here on the PlayStation Blog! Stay tuned very soon for details on the Beta giveaway. Of course, those of you who picked up LittleBigPlanet Game of the Year Edition already have a voucher, so you're good to go!

In today's video I'm going to give you a very brief walkthrough of our sticker and layering system. I'm going to create something using one simple shape, several layers, and some color changes.





Once you've seen what I do with one shape and a couple of layers, you can easily imagine what can be done with hundreds of stickers, and hundreds layers at your disposal. Our system allows you to move, scale, skew, rotate, flip and change the height and transparency of all these stickers.

We've also created many "physical" stickers like rust, mud, and dents. Like all of the parts in our game, you can change the color channels, and material properties of each of these. I hope you're starting to see the possibilities!

Don't see that Chrome Dragon sticker you're looking for? There's nothing stopping you from using one of many primitives and gradients as brushes to create it in the layer editor. Use the material properties to change all those stickers to chrome.

Our layering system allows you to group those layers together, so you can move, scale, rotate or change colors as a group. Once you've created that Chrome Dragon, group the layers together and paste the whole thing a few more times, or save it as a Sticker Set to your PS3, for use later.

The Creation Station team here at [Register or Login to view links] have worked really hard to make this system easy to use, but incredibly powerful. Whether you decide to create characters quickly and casually, or dive in and spend hours and hours, we know you'll be able to create some truly unique and unbelievable characters!

We are incredibly excited to get ModNation Racers into your hands and see what you create! Start planning now :)

I look forward to any questions or comments. And be sure to head back next week for another ModNation Racers video walkthrough, track editing! Now back to work!

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