LittleBigPlanet 3’s servers get sacked

Plus Nintendo’s Indie World event and more on the Fallout Series.

LittleBigPlanet 3’s servers get sacked
LittleBigPlanet 3

Need a break from binging the Fallout series? We have the latest from Nintendo, some bad news for LIttleBigPlanet fans and, yes,  more on Fallout. That plus much more. Let’s go! 

Nintendo’s spring Indie World event

Nintendo held their spring Indie World Showcase last week, and you can view it in its entirety above. One of the common themes among the games announced or shown was animals. So here are our favorite critter games from the show (sorry SteamWorld Heist).

Duck Detective: The Secret Salami

Cat Quest III

Another Crab’s Treasure

TMNT: Splintered Fate

Little Kitty, Big City

Which announced game are you most excited to play? Let us know in the comments or on social.

LittleBigPlanet 3 gets (un)served

In January, Sony took LittleBigPlanet 3 servers offline while they investigated a number of issues. Last week came the announcement that Sackboy officially got the sack, as Sony confirmed the servers are officially shut down “indefinitely.” From the PlayStation support page:

Due to ongoing technical issues which resulted in the LittleBigPlanet 3 servers for PS4 being taken offline temporarily in January 2024, the decision has been made to keep the servers offline indefinitely. All online services including access to other players' creations for LittleBigPlanet 3 are no longer available. User generated content (UGC) stored locally on your PS4 will remain available. Any new UGC you create can be played on your PS4 but not shared. Offline features such as the campaign will remain playable.

What this means is hundreds of thousands of levels for the game are lost with very little warning. Unless a user has a player-created level downloaded on their machine, they will no longer be able to access it. A community manager for the game expressed their sadness over the event on X, and their responses were filled with other disheartened comments.

More Fallout from the series

The Fallout show has spiked interest in the game series. Every game has seen huge jumps in players since the show premiered. Fallout 76 has broken its concurrent player record five times in the past week. Bethesda says Fallout 5 is coming, after the studio finishes Elder Scrolls 6. At the rate they produce games, that might take a while so the current library will have to suffice. That’s okay with Bethesda, as Fallout 4 was the best selling game in Europe last week, and 3 other Fallout games made the top 10. Even Fallout Shelter, the mobile game launched before Fallout 4 saw its daily revenue hit $80,000

A few other notes and articles from the world of Fallout:

@fakephantasm via X

📰 Why big publications like The New York Times are making or buying games, but not really covering them.  

🏎️ Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive plans to lay off 5% of its workforce and scrap several games. 

🔫 Valve updated its nearly 17-year-old game Team Fortress 2 to add 64-bit support

💺 IKEA launched a new line of gaming furniture

🗡️ Sony’s Ghost of Tsushima port will be the first PC game with their new PlayStation overlay and shared trophies

🤦🏾‍♂️ An individual intentionally bought 4,000 copies of Alan Wake that do not work

🏢 After a rough launch for the core game, Cities Skylines 2 DLC is being made free and refunded after being “rushed out.”

💻 Baldur’s Gate 3 studio Larian is working on two new projects, based on its own intellectual property. 

🐉 Meanwhile, Hasbro is “talking to lots of partners” about making another Baldur’s Gate game.

📺 Sony wants developers to create PlayStation 5 Pro enhanced games that run at 60fps

💵 Fans are criticizing Ubisoft for locking an exclusive Jabba mission of Star Wars Outlaws behind the $110 season pass version of the game

🧟 7 Days to Die is leaving Steam early access after nearly 12 years.

🏀 2K wins lawsuit brought by Lebron James’ tattoo artist.

⏩ Despite the death of series creator Yoshitaka Murayama, Eiyuden Chronicles continues to move forward with new sequels

🪓 A Golden Axe animated series is coming from the creator of Star Trek: Lower Decks.

❄️ Microsoft says they will “let Blizzard be Blizzard” following their acquisition of the company. 

📅 Devolver Digital says Human Fall Flat 2 has been delayed until 2026

🎥 Keanu Reeves will reportedly voice Shadow in the next Sonic the Hedgehog movie. 

🕰️ When asked about clones of their game, Palworld CEO says “These are incredible times.” 

📉 Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is reportedly underperforming commercially.

👀 Interesting read: Stellar Blade and the male gaze.

🚨 Taylor Swift namedrops Grand Theft Auto on her new album. 

New Releases this week:

Stellar Blade

4/23: Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC)
4/23: Lunar Lander Beyond (PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC)
4/23: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants (PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC)
4/25: Another Crab's Treasure (PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC)
4/26: TopSpin 2K25 (PlayStation, Xbox and PC)
4/26: Stellar Blade (PlayStation)

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