Users who want to play user-created levels in the various LittleBigPlanet games have lost a lot of options. Following extensive maintenance that required the servers to be taken offline, only LittleBigPlanet 3 functionality for Playstation 4 will now be available. On Twitter this morning, the LittleBigPlanet team announced this major change for legacy versions of the games.
“First and foremost, we would like to apologize for the extended downtime of the LittleBigPlanet server and thank you all for your patience while we worked to resolve the issue,” the team wrote. It goes on to say that the latest update, 1.27, is now available for PlayStation 4 users, but there’s bad news for those who aren’t.
“Unfortunately, our online services for LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS3), and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita must be permanently shut down.” Why is it necessary to disable online play for all of these games on older consoles? It’s “the best way to protect the LittleBigPlanet community and help ensure that our online environment stays safe,” according to the LBP team.
Back in May, LittleBigPlanet’s servers were taken down in response to some nasty DDoS attacks, harassment, and hate speech.
While any LBP game released prior to the PlayStation 4 generation will no longer have access to online servers or user-created levels, all single-player or local co-op content, including DLC packs, will remain available. Users of LittleBigPlanet 3 on PlayStation 4 will still be able to access any user-created levels from any previous LittleBigPlanet game, including those created and uploaded during the server shutdown. That should provide some comfort to those who want to access their previous creations or explore the worlds of other users.
How do you feel about the legacy servers being shut down? Is this a cause for concern in terms of digital preservation?