The fact that LittleBigPlanet is a huge success for both Sony and Media Molecule is no longer a surprise. Still, we had no idea just how big is the number of fully devoted LBP fans who contribute with quality levels, but that has been cleared by Sony today who announced that 84,000 individual levels have been uploaded, totaling more than 27 million plays. Pretty impressive!
In a statement received by website ThreeSpeech, Sony noted: “Sony Computer Entertainment and Media Molecule would also like to take this opportunity to praise the fantastic spirit that our online community has displayed. The vast majority of content uploaded to date has been fun and suitable for all of our community members. In a very few cases we have upheld complaints regarding unsuitable content or infringement of intellectual property, with less than 0.5% of levels actively moderated as a result of complaints from other users.”
This means that about 400 levels were “moderated” which is pretty low considering the other 84,000 that are still playable. It only remains to see if the numbers will keep growing – and I can see that happening since more and more players who did not do so already will probably wish to try their hand at level design. Hopefully there will be as few LBP level bans in the future as possible!