June 15, 2024

In accordance with Media Molecule’s co-founder Mark Healey—the inventive director on Little Massive Planet, its sequel, and Desires—early on in LBP’s creation, Microsoft was “on the prowl” and attempting to “steal” the sport from Sony.

In a brand new interview with MinnMax, Healey goes into nice element concerning the historical past of Little Massive Planet, his emotions on the LBP3 servers being shut down ceaselessly, and extra. However maybe probably the most attention-grabbing story within the interview is a story about how, after Sony had funded six months of LBP improvement after being “blown away” by an early pitch, Xbox tried to step in and seize the sport post-GDC 2007.

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“The humorous factor is, we really didn’t have something in writing to say that we have been really going to proceed with [Sony] or that they even owned what we have been doing, is my reminiscence of it,” stated Healey, who left Media Molecule in 2023.

“And truly, I do bear in mind after we confirmed [the Little Big Planet demo] at GDC…somebody from Microsoft was on the prowl. And so they have been form of attempting to steal us, when you like, from going with Sony. And technically, we may have finished [that.] We may have been like, ‘Yeah fuck it, let’s go together with Microsoft. They’re in all probability going to offer us a load of cash.’”

However Healey says that the parents at Media Molecule felt doing that may have been “very flawed” and “morally corrupt.”

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When requested how severe Microsoft was in its try to steal away Little Massive Planet from Sony, Healey made it clear that it wasn’t as if a contract was slid in entrance of them with laborious numbers or something like that.

“[Media Molecule and an Xbox rep] went out and received a bit drunk,” stated Healey, “And it was actually—simply as we have been dropping the (Xbox) man off at his lodge—he was form of like ‘Oh shit, I used to be on a mission right here! I’ve received no less than say one thing.’”

“And he was simply, ‘Oh you, by the best way, guys, we might be completely happy to blah blah blah take you on if you wish to soar ship to us’ or one thing like that. And you may inform he was nearly embarrassed to say it, as a result of it could have been a really naughty factor to do.”

Healey then clarified to MinnMax that, serious about it, it appears wild that Sony had nothing in writing about Little Massive Planet after funding it. He prompt that a few of the particulars might need been blended up, and that “there should have been some authorized factor in place to say [Sony] owned [LBP].” However he wasn’t certain and others had advised him that, no less than early on, that wasn’t the case.

Regardless, when requested if in an alternate timeline, Little Massive Planet may have been an Xbox franchise, Healey was blunt: “No, that may by no means have occurred,” and added that Media Molecule favored working with Sony and had developed relationships with individuals on the firm.

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