Tweeting from the ongoing retail event Destination PlayStation (taking place between February 6-10 in Scottsdale, Arizona), a representative of the Canadian video game store Future Shop has kindly leaked the first information about an upcoming kart racing game set in the LittleBigPlanet universe.
[UPDATE] Sony has confirmed that LittleBigPlanet Karting is in development.
“Update: We can confirm that LittleBigPlanet Karting is in fact in development and we look forward to sharing more on the game soon!”
Source: Official PlayStation Twitter
[ORIGINAL] Known as LittleBigPlanet Karting, it will apparently feature both PlayStation Move and stereoscopic 3D support, and it is expected to ship this year along with a new Move attachment: a racing wheel.
Here is a picture of the related tweet, just in case it gets removed.
Predictably, going by the photo taken at the game banner (see below), LBP Karting will allow to create and share content, which we assume means being able to create and share your own tracks and possibly karts. Sounds familiar? Of course it does: it totally sounds like a rebranded ModNation Racers, doesn’t it?
Not only that. Going by some rumors circulating these days, the developer of LittleBigPlanet Karting might very well not be Media Molecule, but rather United Front Games, the very same team responsible for ModNation Racers. (If that’s the case, I sure hope they have improved their loading routines…)
As for the Move wheel attachment, nothing was leaked about its characteristics, but I’ll assume it will work differently from the various 3rd party solutions already available. That is, instead of simply housing the motion controller, the official attachment might come with its own, easier-to-operate buttons and therefore be connected to the Move via the EXT port (much like the Sharp Shooter attachment).
On a final, slightly related note, it doesn’t take a big leap of imagination to predict that the release of this official Move wheel might be followed by that of the once promised but never fully deployed Move update for MotorStorm: Apocalypse.