Sony has announced that it has permanently shut down the online servers and services for the LittleBigPlanet series on the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.
A statement to the series’ official account explained the situation, apologising to fans for recent downtime of the online service across all consoles. The good news is that, thanks to a new update, the team has restored the main server and brought more than 10 million community creations back online for PS4 users.
However, this has come at a cost, as they explain. “Unfortunately, we need to permanently shut down our online services for: LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS3) and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. We have no doubt that this news will come as a big disappointment to a lot of you, ultimately this is the best way to protect the LittleBigPlanet community and to help ensure that our online environment remains safe.”
The servers were originally taken down in May according to a since deleted Tweet that cited “ongoing attacks” (as reported on by Eurogamer) that included hackers posting offensive messages through the game. Players are still be able to access the story mode and level pack DLCs of the three original games on PlayStation 3 in single player or local co-op. All community content created on the older consoles is still accessible & playable in the PlayStation 4 version of LittleBigPlanet 3.
Recently, the LittleBigPlanet series’ mascot starred in his own platform adventure: Sackboy: A Big Adventure on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.
An update on the LittleBigPlanet server and online services: pic.twitter.com/vUrvHcZvIs
— Sackboy: A Big Adventure | LittleBigPlanet (@LittleBigPlanet) September 13, 2021