It has recently been announced on the official LittleBigPlanet Twitter account that the LittleBigPlanet online server is finally back online. This comes with a caveat, however: while LittleBigPlanet 3's (PS4) online server is back, LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS3), and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita's servers aren't coming back. However, at the very least we can the most recent console version of the LittleBigPlanet series again, which is better than nothing, I guess.
What happened to the LittleBigPlanet server?
Good question! Basically, the servers were taken down in March due to DDOS attacks. The website www.LBP.me also went offline back in November probably due to the same individual perpetrating the DDOS attacks, so LittleBigPlanet fans have been in quite the pickle for a long time.
This isn't the first time a LittleBigPlanet game has lost its online servers either, with LittleBigPlanet Karting's servers taken down all the way back in 2018. Basically, this situation always sucks, and it makes me wish that server lists had never gone away. It's such an easy solution... but alas we're stuck with what we're given.
An update on the LittleBigPlanet server and online services: pic.twitter.com/vUrvHcZvIs— Sackboy: A Big Adventure | LittleBigPlanet (@LittleBigPlanet) September 13, 2021
While only getting LittleBigPlanet 3 PS4 back is disappointing, especially for those who want to get back to playing LittleBigPlanet 1-3 on PS3 and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, at the very least players get to play the 10 million+ Community Levels available on the PS4. I'm sure the servers wouldn't have been taken down for a while either if the DDOS'er had just left things alone, but it is what is and we could've never gotten any LittleBigPlanet servers back, which is much better than nothing.
Interestingly, the reason given for only LittleBigPlanet 3 PS4 coming back is that it "... is the best way to protect the LittleBigPlanet community and to help ensure that our online environment remains safe", which could mean a lot of things. Maybe the PS3 and PS Vita servers were too old and it wouldn't be worth it to bring it up to the PS4 server's level of protection. Maybe Sony had to choose only one to bring back-given that the most recent game is from 2014-and chose the most recent and most likely populated version to bring back. There's more than one scenario here, and as with most things done with money involved, it looks like Sony chose the safest option.
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