Per Mark Valledor (Marketing Manager, SCEA) today:

For those of you who’ve pre-ordered and are anxiously waiting, we’ve received great news from Media Molecule - the game code has gone ‘GOLD’ and we’ve started manufacturing the PS3 cases, manuals and most importantly Blu-ray discs.

Meaning, LittleBigPlanet will hit stores in North & Latin America on October 21 (With Europe releasing the same week). But trust us, you’ll want to be there with us during the first week. Why you ask?

During the first week only, to celebrate "Launch", LBP fans everywhere will be able to download a FREE, Limited Edition Spacesuit costume for your SackBoy on the PLAYSTATION Store. (Get it…Launch…Spacesuit…o never mind)

In addition to the freebie, there will also be a rare "I was there Week One" T-Shirt available - to prove that you were… well… "there Week One."

Now for those of you that haven’t pre-ordered, we would hate to think you went to the store and saw the dreadful "Sold Out" sign and missed out on the FREE download. So, if you want your spacesuit, you’re best bet is to guarantee your copy by heading to your nearest participating retailer and pre-ordering your copy. Besides... you’ll get additional pre-order goodies for FREE too.

In addition to the "gold" news, check out our LBP News Site for the official release for the final word on LittleBigPlanet’s features and how Media Molecule is still hard at work, to continually build the online community with new features to make your online experience an ever-evolving one.

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