Even though “LittleBigPlanet” has just launched on PlayStation 3, people already want to know what’s next.
While on the phone yesterday with John Koller, head of hardware marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America, we asked him about the rumors.
“’LittleBigPlanet’ is so expansionary,” said Koller. “I think the developer’s really concentrating on right now making sure that the launched product is everything it could be and can be. We’re watching the UGC [user generated content] and seeing how that’s playing out. But for the future, I think certainly, we’d look at a wide variety of opportunities. Whether that’s the PSP or not, I can’t really say. We certainly look at ’LittleBigPlanet’ franchise as a going forward franchise for us, and that speaks to the PlayStation brand overall.”
His last line should provide hope for handheld “LittleBigPlanet.”
But we didn’t stop there. With “Guitar Hero: On Tour” proving so popular on the DS, what is Sony doing to court the makers of “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” to PSP? Here’s what Koller told us.
“It’s of huge interest to us,” he said. “That’s something you’d really have to talk to the developers on that side [if] it’s going to happen or not. For us, we look at the music area as being critical for PSP and the social area of interest as well. PSP is a lot different than your traditional handheld product and music is the number two use on the PSP, behind gaming. So, the marrying of those two concepts is of huge interest to us, and if there’s that opportunity to launch a title like that or even a new title that utilizes music in some way, then obviously we’re very interested.”
Of course, this then begs the question, how would Neversoft or Harmonix (or someone else?) do a music game on PSP? Would it need a peripheral?