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LittleBigPlanet Demo Not Coming This Year 62

Posted by Zonk
from the i-am-deeply-shocked dept.
The MTV Multiplayer site has the saddening news that the LittleBigPlanet demo, probably one of the most-anticipated PlayStation offerings for this year, has slipped to 2008. Not terribly surprising given the time of the year. "'I can officially confirm that there won't be a demo this year,' Ron Eagle, senior manager of PR for Sony Computer Entertainment America told me. But he did say he's played 30 of the games 50 planned developer-made levels and that it's a lot of fun. He seemed genuinely pleased about his time with the game, but his company won't be showing more 'LBP' at least until next month. Eagle could only add that the full game is set for a 2008 release. And with that, the video game release calendar for 2007 is complete. No more delays. No more surprises. Right?"
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LittleBigPlanet Demo Not Coming This Year

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  • I can wait (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Colourspace (563895) on Tuesday December 11, 2007 @05:49PM (#21663953)
    Though disappointed there's far too much other good stuff I haven't even started on this year. My PS3 copy of the Darkness still has its wrapper on for some reason, Ninja Gaiden goes 3/4 unfinished though it is excellent and Mario Galaxy is taking up a lot of my time at the moment, and thats onlyt when Table Tennis isn't. Must get round to finishing Zelda, and I like the odd Motorstorm race online too. So much quality, so little time - and I've asked for the Orange box for xmas as well...
  • Why should they... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ivan256 (17499) on Tuesday December 11, 2007 @05:59PM (#21664101)
    Why should they release the demo before the game is out?

    This is exactly the same kind of crap that all the programmers, software engineers, and IT guys I know bitch about all the time. Their bosses want something sooner than it was promised, so they use weasel-like techniques to get a promise of the end result that much sooner. "Ok, you can't finish until February. Can I have a functional prototype in late December?"... Well.. NO! They're just going to take the "prototype" and sell it like the actual release, and everybody knows it.

    Same deal with a demo. The review sites are going to review it like it's the final product even though it's not done. A demo before christmas for a game that doesn't come out until next year isn't going to increase holiday sales. What's the point of the demo other than to distract the developers from producing the actual final product for a while?

    Honestly I don't blame these guys for not releasing a demo of an incomplete product. I wouldn't either.
    • No one would care (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Chuck Chunder (21021)
      if they hadn't been pimping the bloody thing so much before it was anywhere near complete.

      Sony seem to have put an inordinate amount of time getting people excited about something that people can't get their hands on. They seem to have done the same with Home.
  • by Kingrames (858416) on Tuesday December 11, 2007 @06:52PM (#21664767)
    You know what would save SONY?

    Making games for the Wii.
    • You know what would save SONY?

      Making games for the Wii.


      Actually, that's not a bad idea.

      Sony is a content provider - movies, music, games - in addition to TVs and electronics.

      And since the Wii is not using an HDTV display, it's not like they couldn't just realize the market for a game that plays on both the PS3 (with premium content) and on the Wii (lower res) would have greater sales, and still shut out MSFT's xBox360 ...

      Sometimes you have to wake up and smell the failure of the console wars, and realize yo
  • ...how's Duke Nukem Forever looking?
    • by JordanL (886154) <jordan DOT ledoux AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday December 11, 2007 @08:18PM (#21665603) Homepage
      Oh please. Sony unveiled this game for the first time ever about nine months ago. Who is honestly going to give Sony shit over taking more than nine months to get to a publicly available demo of what looks to be one of the best done games on consoles in the last five years?

      Props to Sony for giving the game time to be done right instead of looking at their hardware numbers and demanding a half-asses solution immediately.
      • I don't fault them for taking their time to finish the game. I fault them for announcing it WAY before it was ready. I realize that they are feeling the pressure and needed to drum up some hype, but hype gets old real fast. There's a good reason why they start showing movie trailers a 2-4 weeks before the movie debuts.
  • Shucks, can't they port it to the 360. I would pay £5 for a piece of that action.
  • ...they are awaiting for Duke Nukem Forever to be released first...

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