Media Molecule may be taking a break from releasing games for a while as the studio is currently hard at work on something – the likes of which the general public knows absolutely nothing about. Instead of cranking out annual LittleBigPlanet games Media Molecule and company owner Sony have decided to take a breather from the franchise on the PS3 while spin-offs (LBP Karting) and ports (LBP Vita) take center stage.
We all know Media Molecule is working on something as the studio has been staffing up and even investing money into technology. But the big question has always remained what will be next for Media Molecule and the LBP franchise as a whole? It may be too early to tell, but the LBP franchise may be taking another evolutionary leap forward in a genre that no one would ever expect to be tackled: a MMO.
In the near future we may have a giant Sack person civilization we can interact with as Media Molecule may be working on a MMO of some kind that may or may not be tied to the LBP universe. As discovered by TheSixthAxis, the current crop of Media Molecule job listings includes a Lead Community Manager position. Now there’s nothing out of the ordinary in Media Molecule looking for a CM, hell I would apply for the gig if I was based in England, but one of the qualifications for the role is knowledge and passion for social gaming and MMOs.
LBP is obviously a social experience but it has never quite entered the MMO arena by any means unless you look at things with a very loose and vague perception. So it is possible Media Molecule is working on a MMO that perhaps redefines the genre by allowing users to not only create an avatar but the world they inhabit?
Given how we haven’t heard a peep concerning what Media Molecule is working on, which is odd since Sony is typically a leaky ship, I won’t totally board the hype train for a LBP MMO just yet. Conceptually it would be amazing to play an approachable MMO that relied heavily on social interaction but allowed folks to build the worlds they explore, kind of resulting in a hybrid experience of LBP and Minecraft. Media Molecule was said to be researching new technology for their next title so figuring out how to make a MMO that everyone can play and craft themselves is probably something they need a fair bit of time to figure out, hence they needed a boatload of money and time off from actively releasing games.
Right now Sony is gearing up to announce major 2012-2013 games prior to E3 so maybe we’ll hear about this supposed Media Molecule/LBP MMO soon or it’ll be saved as one of the few E3 surprises. Conceptually I think the game would be amazing and it would breathe some much needed life into the LBP property so it wouldn’t become stagnant as other sequels do.
So for any LBP fans out there would you be excited to play a LBP MMO or would that be too much for one reason or another? Let us know what you think in the comments section or on our Facebook page.