While it has been rumoured in the past, the announcement of LittleBigPlanet 3 at E3 2014 this week was arguably the biggest surprise of the show. Demonstrated live on the PlayStation 4, the sequel will include a ragtag group of unique characters, each with different abilities to protagonist Sackboy. However, while it was assumed that the title will be exclusive to Sony’s next-gen machine, it appears that a PlayStation 3 version is also in the works.

Writing on Twitter, series community co-ordinator Steven Isbell revealed that the whimsical release will also be available on the ageing machine, and that additional details will be deployed about that version later on. However, he stressed that the Japanese giant’s freshest format won’t suffer as a result of this cross-gen compatibility. “Oh, [the game] most definitely does [take advantage of the PS4],” he reassured. “It’s so vibrant, gorgeous, and has never looked better.”

It’s strange that Sony’s seemingly buried the PS3 version of this game, but it makes sense for the title to come to the older hardware – after all, the console is now in its twilight years, and is at that point where it’s becoming an attractive option for slightly more casual players. Still, we suspect that you may be disappointed by this little tidbit if you’re the type of person that enjoys playing list wars rather than actual video games.

[via twitter.com, twitter.com]