LittleBigPlanet is getting its biggest update ever on November 30th. Numbered update 1.21 and codenamed ‘Leerdammer’, this update brings Online Create, bigger profiles, and better networking and saving functionalities to the game.
Media Molecule has given gamers a full run-down of the update, which is highlighted by the online creation mode allowing players to create levels together over the PlayStation Network.
Now you can create with up to three other players online across the internet, across the world!
Networking fixes & location-based matchmaking
We’ve rewritten both the way the game handles networking code and the way it finds people for you to play with when you hit ‘Play Online’. Now, it searches for people who are closer to you and more likely to have a lower ping. This should bring significant improvements to lag and other networking problems.
The POD Computer will first try to match based on location, if this fails it will fall back to matching with any location.
Save game rewrite
We’ve changed the way your saved games work to make it faster, more flexible and more robust. It also means you’ll be able to save way more stuff.
On a PS3, there are two places games store data – the Game Data folder and the Save Data folder. Previously your automatic save would be stored in the Save Data folder. We’ve changed it so that your save is now stored in the Game Data folder.
Of course this won’t affect most people, but if you do find yourself rummaging in these folders then beware! If you want to back up your data, or move it to another PS3, you will need to use the following new tools:
The save game backup options can be found in the Profile Settings page of the Start Menu:
Backup Profile – This will create a back-up copy of your profile, progress, and your levels into a folder in the Save Data Utility. It is also handy if you want to copy your profile to another PS3.
Import Profile – Lets you import / restore a previous back-up from the Save Data Utility.
You can now backup individual levels! On your moon, select a level and press the Square Button to bring up the options. There will be a new option under the publish menu:
Backup – This will create a back-up copy of your profile, progress, and your levels into a folder in the Save Data Utility. It is also handy if you want to copy your profile to another PS3.
Doing the same thing to an empty level will give you another new option:
Import – This lets you import any level you have copied to the Save Data Utility to the selected crater on your moon.
Increased profile space
On top of the extra space you get from the save game re-write, we’ve also doubled the number of photos and costumes that you can save to Popit.