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LittleBigPlanet Demo Not Coming This Year 62

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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  • Why should they... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ivan256 ( 17499 ) on Tuesday December 11, 2007 @06:59PM (#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.
  • Re:I can wait (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ucblockhead ( 63650 ) on Tuesday December 11, 2007 @07:03PM (#21664175) Homepage Journal
    I had a Windows PC. It kept breaking. Every time I'd go to run Counterstrike, I'd have to download yet another damn patch. Every once in a while, a game I bought would simply refuse to believe that my DVD drive was valid during the "check copy protection" phase. Lately, it became obvious that my video card wasn't up to all the new games. I decided after twenty years of PC gaming that I was damn sick and tired of all the pain of making everything work. Not to mention all the orphaned titles in my collection that no longer work well on my current machine, for various reasons. It was especially annoying because I use Linux for all my real computing. The Windows box was just for gaming, and I had to go through all the Windows annoyances just to play a damn game.

    So about a year ago I bought a console. Now I just put the disk in and it works.
  • No one would care (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Chuck Chunder ( 21021 ) on Tuesday December 11, 2007 @08:21PM (#21665033) Homepage Journal
    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.
  • Re:I can wait (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Brian Gordon ( 987471 ) on Tuesday December 11, 2007 @08:26PM (#21665071)
    How do you even play shooters with a controller? It's not a few "diehards", it's anyone that's ever gotten good at a PC shooter. You simply can't switch from owning with a mouse to fiddling with little sticks.
  • by renegadesx ( 977007 ) on Tuesday December 11, 2007 @10:44PM (#21666341)
    Well obviously your a fanboy. I am not saying R&C is bad, I think it's fantastic but Corruption outshines alot of games released in 07, including Assassins Creed, Halo 3 and the Orange Box.
    Games that outshine Prime 3? COD4, BioShock, Mario Galaxy & Crysis.

    Despite R&C being brilliant, I list Prime 3 as the 5th best game released this year.

    The PS3 has too few exclusives at the moment, Motorstorm and Resistance both got old very quick and the above mentioned Rachet and Clank is currnetly the best exclusive on the system, do you want to give it GOTY or something?

    The titles that seem poised to save the system are going to be MSG4, FFXIII & LittleBigPlanet and God of War III. With the 360 having so much more exclusives and the Wii being the success story it is, maybe even those above titles wont get it finishing 1st.

    Its a much tighter race this time around, each of the 3 need to pull out all the stops if they want to be the market leader. Rachet & Clank will be a blip on the radar in the big scheme of things.

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