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Sony Cancels Former LittleBigPlanet Developers' Vita Game

Posted by Sammy Barker

Mismatch of expectations

A team comprised of former LittleBigPlanet developers has turned to Kickstarter following the cancellation of its first PlayStation Vita project. Ambient Studios – which was founded in 2011 – had been working on a Sony-funded handheld title for a year before the platform holder decided to pull the plug.

“We'd been working on the [Vita] game for about a year,” Jonny Hopper, who worked on the original LittleBigPlanet’s user creation tools, told “Eventually it came to a mismatch of expectations of what we wanted to deliver and what we could deliver and what they wanted. So near the end of last year they pulled the funding plug unfortunately.”

It’s unclear what the title was about, but the team were understandably devastated by the cancellation. “We were really gutted,” he continued. “It was a bit of a shocker. But these things happen. That's game development. Games get canned all the time.”

Ambient Studios is currently seeking crowd-funding for its PC-based strategy title, Death Inc. It also intends to announce a self-funded iPad game in the coming weeks. Asked whether the team could finish the Vita title in the future, Hopper was reluctant to make any promises. “We don't really want to right now,” he said. “Financially it wouldn't work for us.”

And another one bites the dust.


User Comments (10)



hamispink said:

When I first read the headline, I though to my self, "Tearaway was canceled? noooooooo. Really!?!" but this makes a little more sense.



get2sammyb said:

@hamispink No, Tearaway is fine. A group of developers who worked on the first LBP formed Ambient and were working on a Vita game up until the end of 2012.



Azikira said:

So Sony is canning Vita games?... Then how did the likes of Resistance and Call o' Doody get through?



get2sammyb said:

@Azikira Probably because they were bigger brands. Despite the reviews, Call of Duty has been a huge hit for the PS Vita, and probably a system seller. From the quote, it sounds like Sony were interested in this game (whatever it was) being bigger than what the team could deliver.



Sanquine said:

For real? The vita has really dry periods with games and they cancell a game? I hope sony gives us more vita games soon ( February a sony game event). Furthermore, sony if you want the vita to sell make titles like : Soul sacrifice , it already convinced a lot of friends who do not have a vita. They like the dark souls look combined with MH



JavierYHL said:

come on sony the development is near the end why not finished it...we need games for vita...



hYdeks said:

lol, I thought the title was Tearaway too, I was almost very upset

I kinda don't care, cause I have no idea what the game would have been, but it's sad to here a game in development for vita being canned



BlueProxy said:

Hard to say wether Sony made the right call or not since we don't know what the game was about. Either way it's unsettling to hear Vita titles from such creative studios being cancelled.



Azikira said:

@get2sammyb: I know, and it kind of saddens me. It's like Sony is saying "It's okay to make a horrible game so long as there's a great franchise name tacked to it"



Gamer83 said:

Just what Sony needs to be doing, cancel games for a system that is struggling to find a market and already has a pretty short list of upcoming games. Brilliant.

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