Sony has said that they are going the long-haul with the PlayStation 3. They aren't just settling for unveiling the PlayStation 4 and calling it quits with the PlayStation 3, which is why they announced that a brand new first-party title called LittleBigPlanet Hub is coming to the PS3 later this year and it will be free-to-play.
The game is pretty cool and makes complete sense as to why Media Molecule and Sony would take that direction with the property, especially given that they'll probably want to create some brand space between LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet Karting and LittleBigPlanet 3, which will inevitably launch for the PS4 at some point in time. This new hold-me-off title actually offers up enough creativity and playability to keep gamers entertained and occupied until the next entry in the series kicks off.
So what makes LittleBigPlanet Hub at all interesting? Well, if you haven't played the first two games or you're short on cash and you want to grab some play-time with LBP the new Hub is the perfect way to dip your toes into the waters of open-ended gameplay creativity.
So what is LittleBigPlanet Hub exactly? Well, if you haven't watched the trailer yet, the game is basically just that: a hub. You grab a character, start making levels, start customizing your character, start sharing levels, start sharing your creations and ultimately play and create with other players. It's a sandbox of creativity that could possibly be done right in the free-to-play space.
Of course, many of the accessories, costumes and ancillary features are cash-shop based, but the base game and the base tools are available for free. There were no details on what the pricing would be on some of the cash shop items in the trailer but I'm sure that's coming soon.
There aren't a whole lot of other details available right now, but you can rest assured that the game will easily pick up an audience given the fact that if you can't afford to expand your library, you can hop right into LPB Hub without putting down any money into the game. This seems to be a strong focus for Sony lately.
I'm sure Sony will roll out some more details throughout GamesCom 2013 as it's clear they absolutely owned up this conference from start to finish and they absolutely made Microsoft look like amateurs by comparison. Sony's live-stream just dolled out one exclusive for every single one of their platforms after another. It's not just AAA blockbusters either, they've got AAA, mid-budget and indie games galore and LittleBigPlanet Hub is one of them.