Sadly for all LittleBigPlanet, Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia decided to shut down the game’s online services. Online services include: “browsing and playing stages created by players, uploading your own created stages, online play, and the community function.”
The shut down will start at the end of this month, specifically on July 31. The announcement came through SIEJA, translated via via Siliconera, and Community Manager Steven Isbell reassured fans of the franchise that the studio doesn’t have any plans to shut down the online service in any other region.
The LittleBigPlanet servers are not affected by this.
They are global and service all players across the world.
What is being shut down by Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia (SIEJA) are their online services for the LittleBigPlanet series.
This includes but is not limited to…
Update/Patch Distribution, Moderation, Localisation, Testing, Marketing, PS Store Support, Customer Service Support, etc… For players within their region and only their region.
Whilst the LittleBigPlanet servers will continue to be live; without Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia (SIEJA) Online Services providing such things as the necessary update distribution, localisation, testing, etc… that are required for LittleBigPlanet to run effectively.
It would very shortly reach a point where the LittleBigPlanet servers would be unable to continue to support SIEJA players because they would not be kept up-to-date with the rest of the world.
This is why the LittleBigPlanet server and the rest of the world will be unaffected because those services will continue to be supported within those regions.
If you are one of the unlucky people who love LittleBigPlanet and live in Japan, then hurry up and utilize the game’s online services as much as possible before they shut down at the end of the month.