The Next LittleBigPlanet Is...An Endless Runner

Well...ok. I didn't see this coming. Turns out, LittleBigPlanet 3 isn't going to be the next game in Media Molecule's excellent series of rucksack-themed platformers. Because next month Sony is planning to release a Temple Run-style mobile game called Run Sackboy! Run!

The company was careful not to brand this as an "endless runner" in its announcement. Instead, they're calling it a "free-to-play, platform-survival game built exclusively for PS Vita and mobile devices, in which you can earn exclusive costumes for LBP3." I have no idea what that means. So let's examine what that means, based on the information Sony gave in a PlayStation blog post this morning.

Running ever-forward while collecting coins, or coin-like shiny circles?

The Next LittleBigPlanet Is...An Endless Runner

Check.

Micro-transactions?

The Next LittleBigPlanet Is...An Endless Runner

Check.

Leaderboards just waiting to be crushed by Justin Bieber?

The Next LittleBigPlanet Is...An Endless Runner

Check.

Sounds a lot like an endless runner to me. In either case, it'll probably be an especially pretty one:

The Next LittleBigPlanet Is...An Endless Runner

The Next LittleBigPlanet Is...An Endless Runner

Team Meat, the small team behind the indie sensation Super Meat Boy, also announced recently that they're working on their own sort of endless runner too. I hope that these two projects can herald a new age of artfully composed mobile runners. Because as much as I love Temple Run and Jetpack Joyride, I think the genre could use some new ideas before it becomes more repetitive than something called an "endless runner" already is by design.

Run SackBoy! Run! is coming out in October for iOS, Android, and the PS Vita. Read more about the game here.

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