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Europe becomes biggest Sony territory

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327w ago - Move over America. Get out of the way Japan. Europe is now a bigger consumer of Sony electronics and video games than both of you.

While sales and operating income for the Japanese electronics giant has fallen in both the US and Sony's homeland of Japan, these losses were offset by significant growth in Europe. Total sales and operating income rose to 2.33 trillion yen in Europe, which represents a 14% growth overall.

These numbers include both the gaming and electronics divisions (PlayStation-only numbers were unavailable).

Sony's brand image continues to be incredibly strong in Europe, and the current success of the PS3 across the Atlantic shows that this isn't going to change any time soon.
 

Q&A: Media Molecule Devs talk LittleBigPlanet

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327w ago - At its European media event last week, Sony announced that its highly anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusive title LittleBigPlanet had been pushed back a month to October 2008.

We trapped three members of the Media Molecule team--studio co-founder Alex Evans, audio designer Kenny Young, and the game's producer Siobhan Reddy--to pick their brains on everything LittleBigPlanet.

GameSpot AU: How is it that a team of just 25 [at Media Molecule] has managed to do so much with so few people?

Alex Evans: Well the thing is, they're all super talented. On some level we've picked our battles--that's the honest answer. We couldn't have made a Final Fantasy or a GTA IV, both incredible games, but we picked our battles and then picked our people and that's what we tried to do.

Kenny Young: Another thing is that a small team facilitates quick decision making and allows for good communication. It can be brutal too because you can't hide. You can see everyone and you're on first-name terms with everyone. I know that sounds silly, but I've worked on teams of a hundred people where you just don't know what's going on at the other side of the office. But when it's a bunch of people based in a room you just can't hide anywhere.

Siobhan Reddy: It's like the game....
 

No LittleBigPlanet Open BETA says Producer

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328w ago - The Community Development Manager (Sam Bennett) and Producer (Pete Smith) of LittleBigPlanet have again said that there will not be a LittleBigPlanet public open BETA.

Instead, the BETA test will be done by an internal group at Sony, but a small number of gamers and press may be invited to this. SCEE did previously say that the closed BETA would start this summer.

To quote: We had the opportunity to speak at length with various LittleBigPlanet producers at PlayStation Day, as well as get some hands-on time with the title. Top of our discussion list was the beta. We wanted to know as much as possible about when it's coming and have done since it was implied last July.

However both Sam Bennett (Community Development Manager) and Pete Smith (Producer) maintained that a public, open BETA will sadly not be happening. The game will go through a BETA phase, obviously, but this will be performed by an internal group at Sony.

There's a possibility of a small number of gamers and press being invited into the BETA phase, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Releasing the game in its entirety to the public, free of charge would be suicide.

Instead, there's talk of a demo being made available, which will curb our monstrous hunger pangs for the game until its October...
 

LittleBigPlanet - Killzone 2 characters video out!

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328w ago - A new trailer was shown at the Sony gamers day in London. And to show off the versatility of the games character design it featured the characters from Killzone.

Chances are you will be able to get this and many more custom costumes.

There may even be a development tool for users to create custom costumes beyond the ones provided in-game.

Here's the video:




 

LittleBigPlanet closed BETA coming this summer

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329w ago - Kyle Schubel, senior producer at SCEA, has revealed that there will be a LittleBigPlanet closed BETA this summer. Schlubed confirmed that the game will "1 to 4 Players on 1 to 4 PS3s" which means "up to 4 player online and offline."

Schubel also said the game should see a full release in September or October.

To quote: Schubel confirmed the excellent multiplayer support - the game will support 1 to 4 players on 1 to 4 PS3s. That means up to 4 player online and offline. On the DLC side, there will be capacity for 1 million user-created levels on a planet, and the number of planets can be expanded.

And to filter through the inevitable mediocre (read: rubbish) levels, you'll be able to search by popularity, upload date, what your friends have been playing, other levels created by a user and ratings. Video below!



 
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