LittleBigPlanet PSP - Why There's No Multiplayer and Won't Be

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LittleBigPlanet PSP - Why There's No Multiplayer and Won't Be
By Mark Johnson

So, why the hell does LittleBigPlanet on PSP actually not have multi-player? Rather than speculate, we found out. Here's the reason. Also the reason it won't be coming.

Sony senior producer Mark Green told us in an exclusive interview, "It's a real tricky one with multiplayer, in that on the PSP, as soon as you turn the Wi-Fi on, you lose a third of your processing power. You lose a third of your available system memory for the libraries and what have you. So, we were looking at it and we think it might be feasible to do something the size of the mini-games in multiplayer. But something of the complexity of most of the levels just wouldn't be possible. And it's still, obviously, quite a lot of work to actually do that. So, it's a real balancing act of 'is it actually worthwhile?' Obviously we'd all love to do multiplayer for the large levels we've already seen, but it's just not going to work."

"It was something where the bosses kept coming back to us all through development going, 'what about multiplayer?' It haunted us for a while, but we think we made the right decision, not including it. It allowed us to do all the physics and everything that I think makes LittleBigPlanet what it is. The mechano set, as I think you described it, for people to build things from."
Read the full interview here.

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