LittleBigPlanet 3 is going to feature a scalable level size that will depend entirely on your console’s hard drive.
In an interview on the PlayStation Blogcast, Sony Xdev’s Tom O’Connor explained that in previous LittleBigPlanet titles, level creators were restricted by the thermometer. Upon adding too much stuff, the thermometer would overheat and warn the creator of taking it down a notch.
With LittleBigPlanet 3, the thermometer will not be an issue. Creators will be able to “stitch” multiple levels together and go past any limits set by previous titles.
“No longer are you locked by your thermometer,” he said. “You can now stitch levels together, so your levels, basically, are as big as the hard drive in your PS4.”
The stitching part certainly seems interesting but Tom did not go into great detail about it. We can assume that linking up multiple levels would perhaps allow players to seamlessly transition from one level to another, giving the feel of it being a single entity.
The workings could be similar to open world titles where players can roam about entire cities without going through a loading screen. Later in the interview Connor was asked about the differences between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of LittleBigPlanet 3.
The developer replied that the current-gen console version features two exclusive features: Touchpad functionality in create mode and, level trailers. Creators will be able to record short preview videos of their levels, which players can watch from the within the game itself.