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Inside Media Molecule’s Decision to Keep LittleBigPlanet with Sony Over Microsoft

After a GDC demo, Microsoft eyed LittleBigPlanet, offering a big deal. Despite Sony's initial support (6 months funding), Media Molecule chose loyalty and stayed with Sony.


Media Molecule, the creator of the game LittleBigPlanet, disclosed that had shown interest in acquiring the franchise. After a compelling presentation at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in 2007, the studio faced a significant decision. Sony had already shown support for the project, providing six months of financial backing without a formal contract. This support was essential during the early development stages of LittleBigPlanet, giving Media Molecule the confidence to move forward.

Microsoft's Offer and Ethical Considerations

Following the GDC presentation, a Microsoft representative approached Media Molecule with a partnership offer that included substantial financial incentives. Mark Healey, co-founder of Media Molecule, told MinnMax that although there were no formal ties with Sony at that time, shifting to Microsoft seemed ethically questionable. Healey expressed that abandoning Sony after it had supported their initial vision felt “morally wrong.” The established trust and relationship with Sony played a key role in the decision to continue their collaboration.

Continued Collaboration and Future Prospects

Despite Microsoft's attractive proposal, Media Molecule chose to stick with Sony. Healey stressed the importance of partnering with a company that supported their vision from the beginning. While Sony has not formally acquired the rights to the LittleBigPlanet games, Healey believes there is a legal agreement that solidifies their partnership. In related developments, Sony announced the shutdown of the LittleBigPlanet 3 servers, although players can still access and create content locally. This move is part of the ongoing adjustments to the franchise and its approach to community engagement.

Luke Jones
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