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In a statement posted through the official LittleBigPlanet Twitter account, Sony has shared that the company will be permanently closing down online services for a variety of older titles in the franchise.
The affected games are LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet3 and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. This means that all of those games – the most recent of which was released in 2014 – will no longer have any online features available.
An update on the LittleBigPlanet server and online services: pic.twitter.com/vUrvHcZvIs
— Sackboy: A Big Adventure | LittleBigPlanet (@LittleBigPlanet) September 13, 2021
The statement explains that “ultimately this is the best way to protect the LittleBigPlanet community and to help ensure that our online environment remains safe”.
In better news, it adds that update 1.27 has recently launched “And brought the LittleBigPlanet server (and all 10,000,000+ Community Levels!) back online for PlayStation 4 users”.
This follows recent issues with LittleBigPlanet‘s modern servers, which EuroGamer reported as struggling with six weeks of DDOS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks before Sony took down online servers entirely.
Back in July, gaming giant Tencent announced that it planned to purchase LittleBigPlanet developer Sumo Digital. Speaking on the purchase, Sumo Digital CEO Carl Cavers said:
“The opportunity to work with Tencent is one we just couldn’t miss. It would bring another dimension to Sumo, presenting opportunities for us to truly stamp our mark on this amazing industry, in ways which have previously been out-of-reach.”
In other news, Twitch is reportedly losing exclusive streamers due to offering “lowball” contracts. Former employees allege that the platform’s contracts now offer less money for the same amount of work as was previously required, meaning big-name streamers are choosing to go with competitors such as YouTube for exclusivity deals.