14 Mar 2017

LittleBigPlanet Game Update 1.25 Notes

LittleBigPlanet 3
Game Update Notes 1.25

Release Date: March 17th 2017

Summary

LittleBigPlanet Game Update 1.25 has begun rolling-out for some players today is scheduled to go live on  Friday March 17th at 12:01AM GMT.

What this means is that over the next three days, the update will become available to you all periodically but you won’t be able to install it until the time mentioned above. Meaning that once the install time of March 17th 12:01AM GMT is here, you can all install the new update without having to wait for it to download and can begin playing together right away!

Now on to the update itself…

This update brings Genres to LittleBigPlanet 3 – An exciting new way to find your favourite types of community levels!

Additionally a new Online Connection Quality Display system has been implemented to help Host Players monitor the connection quality of players connected to their game session and a number of improvements have been made to help improve community menu browsing.

Full details on all of the updates and fixes in this update are available below.

Important Patch Download Information for PlayStation 4 Users

Due to the way that PlayStation 4 updates software in the background, some players are encountering issues with game progression by attempting to access content that is not ready to be used.

To avoid encountering issues, we recommend that you check your Download Status before starting LittleBigPlanet 3.

This can be achieved by highlighting LittleBigPlanet 3 on the PlayStation 4 Home Screen, pressing Options on your controller and selecting Information.

The following screen will inform you of your current download status.

If the Download Status displays that the Download Progress and Download Size are the same (E.g. 1.2GB/1.2GB), your game is ready to launch with all of the features available to you upon arriving in your Pod.

Update Notes 1.25

New Feature – Genres

Genres arrive to LittleBigPlanet and can be located under the Community menu from your Pod Computer.

Selecting this new option will take you a familiar looking menu that has replaced all your classic community categories with a range of 23 different genres including:

  • 1st and 3rd Person
  • Arcade
  • Cinematic
  • Driving
  • Fighters
  • Gallery
  • Mini-Games
  • Multiplayer
  • Platform Shooters
  • Platformers
  • Puzzle
  • RPG
  • Shooters
  • Social
  • Sports
  • Story
  • Strategy
  • Stylised Platformers
  • Survival Challenges
  • Time Trials
  • Top-Down
  • Tutorials
  • Vehicle Shooters

Each Genre category will show the Team Picks for that Genre followed by the highest-rated community levels for that Genre.

Hint: Select a Genre. Press R3 to open your Filters menu and deselect the Played filter to hide any levels within this Genre that you have already played… Just perfect for finding new levels within your favourite Genres!

Don’t worry though; your classic Community Menu isn’t going anywhere and you can locate it by selecting the Recommended option that is displayed on the same screen as the Genres option. Selecting this will allow you to see all of your old-favourite categories such as Team Picks, Level of the Day, Most Hearted and Recommended For You!

New Labels

With the arrival of the new Genres, we have added a new range of genre-defining Labels that Creators can add to their published creations or Reviewers can select as a recommended Label to describe the level.

These new Labels have also been added to the Filters menu that can be displayed by pressing R3 in any Community Category under either Genres or Recommended to allow you to Filter for community levels that have your chosen Label as one of its most selected Labels to describe the level.

New Feature – Online Connection Quality Display

The Host Player of an Online Multiplayer session can now view the Connection Quality of other players within the Manage Players screen of the Pause Menu or by pressing R3 during gameplay.

A player’s connection rating will be displayed as such:

  • Three Green Dots   = Good Connection
  • Two Amber Dots      = Okay Connection
  • One Red Dot                = Bad Connection

LittleBigPlanet 3 uses a peer-to-peer network connection system for Online Multiplayer and the Host Player can use this information to help them determine if any other players connection quality will have a negative effect on the multiplayer experience.

This Online Connection status is calculated out based on a combination of packet loss and round trip time for communication.  If a player has a Bad Connection (One Red Dot) there is a higher chance of players losing connection and dropping out of the game session.

Improved Community Browsing

A number of improvements have been made to the in-game Community menus to reduce the number of instances where slowdown or lag may occur when browsing Community Levels.

You may notice that the scroll speed between categories on the main Recommended and Genre menus has been reduced slightly. This is intentional to prevent the game from trying to download too much data at once and is amongst the changes that we have implemented to help optimise the overall experience.

The other changes are more behind-the-scenes and should be less noticeable other than these combined changes should help to reduce the number instances of slowdown and lag.