Sony has given fresh insight into the origins of new trio Swoop, Oddsock and Toggle were developed for the upcoming LittleBigPlanet 3, as well as paid tribute to Sackworm: The one that got away.
In a PS blog post, XDev’s Pete Smith explained the three new additions took up a hefty amount of development time as they needed to not only look distinctive, but play differently. He then when into a bit of detail about how each character came about.
“Swoop was the first one we came up with," Smith revealed. "He has a specific purpose – Swoop can fly, and he can access hard to reach places. One of the most useful things with Swoop is that he can pick things up – objects, but also the other characters, with the exception of ‘big’ Toggle.
“Then there’s Oddsock, who’s a four-legged character. He’s not quite a dog; he’s more… well, he’s just an odd sock! Oddsock can wall jump and wall slide, and is really fast. Once you play the Oddsock levels and start nailing your jumps, it’s really fluid and much quicker than the familiar LBP gameplay. It’s a very different experience – we didn’t just want him to be Sackboy on four legs, we wanted him to be his own unique character.”
"Finally we’ve got Toggle. Toggle can be big, or he can be small. Toggle started off as just one character – big Toggle – but it didn’t quite give you enough combinations, and that’s what LittleBigPlanet really needs.
“What we like in LBP is that we want everything to be very intuitive, so when he’s big he’s strong and heavy, and when he’s small he’s light and quick – it’s obvious. When you play the game it feels really natural – you’ll instantly know where to use him, and it brings in a nice puzzle element. He also brings with him a hell of a lot of gameplay possibilities, especially when you start using some of the customisation features.”
Finally, Smith went into some of the ideas the team initially explored but had to discard. One of those mentioned by name is Sackworm, but he sadly found himself on the cutting room floor once he wasn't deemed a game changer and didn't have enough personality.
LittleBigPlanet 3 was announced during Sony's Press Conference at E3 last week and features a new cast of cute characters with different abilities. Additionally, any level created in LittleBigPlanet 1 or 2 will be playable in the third installment. The title isset to hit PS4 in November, with a PS3 release also planned.