Seeing a game get pushed back isn't an uncommon sight in the world of video games. Seeing one get released earlier than expected, however, is a pretty unique occurrence. The latest title to join those ranks is none other than the latest portable build-it-yourself wonder, LittleBigPlanet Vita. If you get lucky, you can find it on store shelves now, over a week before its scheduled Sept. 25 release date.
Rumors started popping up across the internet on Friday that video game retailer GameStop had already begun selling LBP for the PS Vita. According to a statement from GameStop, the reasoning behind the early release came from the publisher changing the “street date” of the game to a “release date.” Apparently that means you can put it on the shelves as soon as you have it in stock.
Sony looks to be playing good sport with the incident, however, releasing a brief statement on the PlayStation Blog saying its quite alright to go ahead and buy the game if you find it out in the wild.
“Due to the excitement from our retail partners, some have decided to put it on shelves as soon as the product was received,” said SCEA PR Manager Eric Levine.
Since the game is out a bit earlier than expected, only the single player components are available at this time. Trophies won't sync for the time being, either. However, Levine confirmed that the servers will be going live this Tuesday, Sept. 18, which should open up the remainder of the game and allow those trophies to be added to your profile total.
If you can't track down a copy in the next week, the official launch for LittleBigPlanet Vita is still set for Sept. 25, so you should have no trouble finding it on store shelves once that date rolls around. Levine also confirmed in the comments that the game will not go on sale via PSN until the official release date rolls around.