Unfortunately, we write to you with some rather upsetting news. We've very recently received a cease and desist notice for our "LittleBigPlanet Restitched" project. The C&D comes from Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, and states the reason for the take-down being "commercialization" of the project. We have complied with all regulations that were given to us, including the project being non-profit, but we ultimately have no legal say in the situation.
This comes as a bit of a surprise due to the continued interest and support of developers who were involved with the original series. We've been in contact with the LittleBigPlanet community manager from the start, who believed the project would be generally acceptable to make as long as it stayed non-profit and was always disclaimed to be a fan game. We were in the process of working with the community manager to reach out to Sony for further guidelines for the project, but before doing so, we received the cease and desist notice. We are very, very gutted by this news, as it's been everyone involved's dream to create a new nostalgic experience for the community.
This is not the end of our story, however. When starting this project we knew of the risk, and despite negative comments critiquing our reveal methods, we now know Sony's ultimate stance on the situation, and we can say we knew sooner rather than later. Because of this coming so early in development, we are now able to use our platform and project's framework to bring our alternate vision to life. From the start, we have occasionally reminded and prepared ourselves for this outcome, and now we are ready to shift gears and bring you a similar experience albeit in a different package.
"So, what does this mean?" you're probably asking yourself. This means that we are doubling our creative energy as a team to create something original and unique... Something that is inspired by our favorite franchise, but is all-new, and conjured up by the same team of community veterans and creators. Think of this new chapter as a homage to all like-minded UGC games. We've heard you loud and clear when you say there's nothing quite like it available for PC, and we're working to change that by creating what we believe will be a spiritual successor. This will not be a fan game or re-imagining like before, but instead a new indie passion project that will become an entirely new game that can stand on its own, and we hope to keep the same feeling and style that we all know and love. This re-imagining of the Restitched project might be a small bump in the road, but it will ultimately open new opportunities for Trixel Creative, its developers, and the community we continue to build through our content. With the restrictions of copyright being lifted, we can now focus on providing a multiplayer and social experience for the game; features our community have been very vocal about having. Additionally, we are now exploring other avenues for distributing the game.
The motivation and passion behind this project is overwhelmingly large. We are all united by our love of the same thing, and if there's anyone who understands what makes LBP special, it's our team of very talented creators and developers. We are confident that we can create an experience we'll all find familiar and special. LittleBigPlanet will always be there, and will always be a special source of inspiration for what we are making next.
So, thank you all so very much for being a part of this. Your support has pushed us a long way, and has changed everything for us. We're very grateful to have your support and encouragement, and only hope that you will join us as we continue to develop an all-new handcrafted experience. Just because this isn't LittleBigPlanet or Sackboy doesn't stop us from creating what we initially set out to make.
We are saddened by this news, but we are excited about the new opportunities it will present. We already have ideas and the cogs keep turning. We can't wait to show you all what you can expect in the near future, and how this change will benefit the players.
Because of the C&D notice, we were required to remove any mention of LittleBigPlanet Restitched from our platform. Namely, our website.
You can keep up-to-date by following our Twitter and Instagram accounts, keeping an eye on the website, and by joining our Discord server (news is usually posted there first).