Published on March 7th, 2007 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder4
Sony announces PlayStation Home, LittleBigPlanet at GDC
Sony has announced some blockbuster news at GDC. Prime on their list is PlayStation Home, which at first glance amounts to a free PS3 based MMO.
Sony aims to make it much more than that.
Hot off of last week’s blackballing, then re-instatement of gaming news site Kotaku, Sony goes and announces exactly what was rumored – and then some. Here’s the pertinent info:
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 7, 2007 â€“ At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) unveiled two unique PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 (PS3â„¢) titles: â€œHome,â€ a real-time, networked 3D avatar-based community that serves as a meeting place for PS3 users from around the world, and â€œLittleBigPlanetâ„¢â€, a community-based game where users play, create and share what they build with other worldwide PS3 users. These new networked titles are part of the â€œGame 3.0â€ vision introduced during a keynote by Phil Harrison, President, Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE).
The power of consumer creativity via Game 3.0 leverages trends such as online collaboration and user-generated content with the goal of creating an engaging new experience in interactive entertainment and new streams for creative game development. In contrast to the current game development and publishing paradigm, Game 3.0 reverses the trend of â€œpushingâ€ content dictated solely by the developer, and puts the spotlight back on the consumer, encouraging them to become part of the game creation process. What is different is how this can be applied to an even broader degree creating new business models that expand the audiences and scope of interactive entertainment.
See the rest of the PlayStation Home Press Release at Evil Avatar.
As far as LittleBigPlanet goes, it seems to be a multiplayer, cooperative platformer, and I have to say – it looks awesome. Don’t believe me? Have a look for yourself:
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