Sony has permanently shut down the servers for the first three LittleBigPlanet games on PS3 and for LittleBigPlanet on PS Vita as part of a move to “protect” the franchise’s community.
Back in May, the servers for the games were shut after a series of DDoS attacks led by a single fan who, according to Eurogamer, was upset over Sony’s treatment of the LittleBigPlanet franchise.
The official LittleBigPlanet Twitter account shared an update on the game’s servers, announcing that developers had released update 1.27 for LittleBigPlanet on PS4, allowing them to bring the game’s server back online along with all 10,000,000+ community levels.
Sadly, the servers for the PS3 and Vita games will remain close, with the official statement reading: “We need to permanently shut down our online services for: LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS3) and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita.
“We have no doubt that this news will come as a big disappointment to a lot of you, ultimately this is the best way to protect the LittleBigPlanet community and to help ensure that our online environment remains safe.”
The statement ended with the LittleBigPlanet Twitter account thanking fans for their love and support “of all things Sackboy.”
The Twitter account shared a series of other tweets, explaining that community content published on any of the first three PS3 games will still be available on LittleBigPlanet 3 for PS4, and the Story Modes and Level Pack DLC for the first three games are all still playable on the first three LittleBigPlanet games on PS3 in single-player or local co-op modes.