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LittleBigPlanet 3 (PlayStation 4)

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LittleBigPlanet 3

Developer: Sumo Digital
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 4
Released in JP: December 4, 2014
Released in US: November 18, 2014
Released in EU: November 28, 2014
Released in AU: November 26, 2014


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Get footage of all the unused levels.
  • There are a number of unused decorations and materials that aren't in the PS3 version. Get screenshots so they can be properly documented.
  • A bunch of music icons were updated to match their PS3 counterparts not too long after the game came out. Rip the early music icons from the base game and compare them with the patched versions.
  • If possible, find the build dates from the base game and the rest of the updates.

A port of LittleBigPlanet 3 from the PlayStation 3 to the PlayStation 4. This version features updated character models, higher resolution textures, level trailers and an exclusive gadget designed for interactive live streams, because you gotta have something to show off the new system's power.

This page details unused content that is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 port. See the PlayStation 3 version for content that appears in both versions of the game.

Unused Levels

Found within the game's data are various unused levels, all of which were completely removed from the PS3 version, save for a few bits and pieces.

motif.bin

gamedata/lbp2/e3demo2/motif2/motif.bin is a Cross-Controller level that was used to demonstrate LittleBigPlanet 2's Cross-Controller functionality at E3 2012. Since Cross-Controller functionality was removed from LittleBigPlanet 3, parts of the level that necessitated having a PlayStation Vita system connected no longer work as intended.

sack_town.bin

gamedata/lbp3/pre_alpha_story_levels/sack_town.bin appears to be a whitebox of an early hub world, seemingly intended for the Prologue. It shares similarities with a level that was present in an early trailer shown at PlayStation Experience 2014.

stitchem_manor.bin

gamedata/lbp3/pre_alpha_story_levels/stitchem_manor.bin is believed to be an early version of Stitchem Manor.

2d3d.bin

gamedata/lbp3/official_adventure_levels/04_bunkum/q10_2d_3d/2d3d.bin is a side-level from Bunkum Lagoon where the player runs across tiles that become plasmafied after touching them. The perspective momentarily shifts from 3D to 2D whenever the player grabs specific sponges, allowing them to interact with things that would otherwise be too far into the background or foreground to interact with. There are no checkpoints apart from the ones at the start, and dying resets the state of all of the tiles. A quest file for this level can be found in gamedata/lbp3/marketing_demo1/quests/2d3d_tile_quest.qst, which requires the player to light up all of the tiles before reaching the Scoreboard. It uses a simple background with a blue graph paper texture that bares similarities to the Popit Puzzle Pod Background.

fickle_mistress.bin

gamedata/lbp3/official_adventure_levels/04_bunkum/03_fickle_mistress/fickle_mistress.bin is a level from Bunkum Lagoon where the player uses Anti-Gravity Zones to climb to the top of the level in order to obtain one of Swoop's Marbles, all the while collecting Score Bubbles to build up a massive combo. Faulty sponge emitters at both the halfway point and near the end prevent the level from being finished. There are Collectabell dispensers at the end that reward the player based on how many points they've accumulated, suggesting that the level was scrapped before it was decided to confine Collectabells to the hub worlds.

game_outro.bin

gamedata/lbp3/official_adventure_levels/04_bunkum/c13_game_outro/game_outro.bin is an early version of the last cutscene: Four Chums Head To Craftworld. Unlike the final level, it is housed inside one level rather than being split into two levels like the final. The cutscene itself is very incomplete, lacking art and proper voice acting. There is considerably more dialogue than in the final version, and some of these extra lines even have audio files recorded for them. ...which go unused because all of the dialogue in this version of the cutscene is spoken with gibberish voices from LittleBigPlanet 2.

ziggurat_bp.bin

gamedata/lbp3/official_adventure_levels/03_ziggurat/q05_ziggurat_bp/ziggurat_bp.bin is a scrapped Contraption Challenge set in the Ziggurat where the player has to create a boat in order to win a race.

Unused Graphics

Level Save Data Icon

Found in gamedata_orbis/texture_library/xmb/, level_default_en.png and level_default_jp.png are save data icons intended for the PS4's Saved Data Management Utility. They feature level badges, so they most likely would've been used to represent level backups or community level save data. The game uses game_default_en.png (or game_default_jp.png in Japan) for all save data, regardless of if it's a level backup or not, thus these icons being unused.

Purchasable Publishing Slot Icons

Found in gamedata/texture_library/ui are publish_slot_icon_1.tex and publish_slot_icon_5.tex, two icons that were associated with a mechanic from LittleBigPlanet HUB where you would've paid for extra level publishing slots through microtransactions. The numbers on these icons indicate that you would've paid for either one extra publishing slot or five extra publishing slots, depending on which pack you bought. It's unknown how much these extra publishing slots would've cost, or if there was a cap to how many could be purchased.

Time Saver Pack Icon

Lbp3ps4 timesaver icon.png

gamedata/texture_library/ui/timesaver_icon.tex is an icon that would've been used for a Time Saver Pack. The graphic appears to be lifted from LittleBigPlanet PS Vita's Time Saver Pack

LittleBigPlanet 2 Polaroid Images

gamedata/texture_library/ui/store icons contains four Polaroid images of worlds from LittleBigPlanet 2. The folder name "store icons" suggests that these were intended to be used in the in-game store.

Attract-O-Felt Diffuse Textures

Even though they've been unused since LittleBigPlanet 2, the developers decided to polish up the diffuse textures for the unused Attract-O-Felt material by not only removing the scribbles, but fixing the transparency on the trim texture. The updated textures can be found in gamedata_orbis/lbp2/th_muppets/materials.

Early Cross-Controller Badges

gamedata/texture_library/level_badges/dlc_badges/crosscontrol contains unused images related to the Cross-Controller pack in .png format, including early versions of the Poultry Panic level badge and the pack's Polaroid image.

SpongeBob DLC Music Icons

gamedata_orbis/lbp3/dlc/spongebob/music_icons contains three unused music icons from the SpongeBob SquarePants Premium Level Kit.

Hidden Dick Butt

Lbp3ps4 spongebob sandy he fuzz.tex.png

gamedata_orbis/lbp3/dlc/spongebob/costumes/sandy/spongebob_sandy_he_fuzz.tex contains a stretched image of the internet character Dick Butt. Although the texture itself is used for the fuzzy effect on the Sandy Cheeks Ears costume piece, the image of Dick Butt does not appear in-game because of how the fuzz shader works.

Legacy Stitches Texture

Sackboy legacy stiches dffiuse.png

gamedata_orbis/mesh_library/player_character/sackboy_legacy_stitches_diffuse.tex is an unused version of the stitches texture, this uses the same way stitching is done on the PS3 version. In the final game, they used mesh stitches with a completely different texture. The texture itself is dark and the line is thin

Unused Stickers

galahad_costume.tex

Lbp3ps4 galahad costume.png

gamedata_orbis/lbp3/_popit_puzzle/stickers/e3_2014_assets/galahad_costume.tex is a sticker of Sackboy wearing the Sir Galahad costume from The Order: 1886. This was briefly seen in the game's announcement trailer from E3 2014.

Windmill Blueprint Tutorial Images

Found within gamedata_orbis/lbp3/_popit_puzzle/stickers/windmill_blueprint are fourteen stickers showing how to create a windmill. In an early prototype of the game, there was a section in Stitchem Green that had you building a windmill out of pre-made assets, with the windmill you created appearing somewhere in the Stitchem Green Hub. Stitchem Green was scaled back considerably for the final game though, resulting in the Windmill Contraption Challenge being removed. These stickers are present in a section of the unused Sack Town level where you construct a windmill using the Popit Powerup.

rusk.tex

Lbp3 sticker rusk.png

gamedata_orbis\lbp3\misc\stickers\rusk.tex is a sticker of OddSock, but the filename refers to Rusk, a character from earlier in development who was cut.

troll.tex

Lbp3ps4 troll.png

gamedata_orbis/lbp3/misc/stickers/troll.tex is a render of the Scuba Gear powerup with the word "TROLL" written on it, which appears to be a placeholder icon for Toggle. This texture was changed to show both forms of Toggle in the PS3 version.

Unused Costumes

Jacob

In gamedata/lbp3/character/jacob/ is an unused character named Jacob, who would've been the curator of a scrapped theme known as "Jacob's Well". He was completely removed from the PS3 version.

Football Toggle

gamedata_orbis\lbp3\dlc\football\costumes\players is an unused Brazilian football player costume for Toggle that was briefly seen in a trailer from Gamescom 2014. Its files were completely removed from the PS3 version, save for two normal maps.

Unused Decorations

Popit Puzzle

Unused Objects

pp_chewed_pen

Lbp3 chewedpen.png

gamedata_orbis\lbp3\_popit_puzzle\mesh\pp_chewed_pen is a chewed pen, similar to the one in LittleBigPlanet.

Unused Materials

Several materials are present in the PS4 version (albeit unused) and are not in the PS3 version.

Filename Popit Icon Diffuse Map Normal Map Specular Map
plastic_stencil_template Lbp3 plastic stencil template icon.png Lbp3 plastic stencil template diffuse.png None Lbp3 plastic stencil template spec.png
pp_silver_cardboard_a Lbp3 pp silver cardboard a icon.png Lbp3 pp silver cardboard a diff.png Lbp3 pp silver cardboard a bevel normal.png Lbp3 pp silver cardboard a bevel spec.png
tgs_skin1 None Lbp3 tgs skin1 diffuse.png Lbp3 tgs skin01 bump.png Lbp3 tgs skin1 specular.png

Unused Videos

publishing.bik

gamedata_orbis/videos/lbp3/publishing.bik is an extended version of a placeholder video from the PS3 version that also covers Level Trailers.

how_to_record_a_video.bik

gamedata_orbis/videos/lbp3/how_to_record_a_video.bik is a placeholder video that teaches the player how to record videos to be used as Level Trailers. Interestingly, this video is narrated by Stephen Fry, whereas most of the tutorials in the final game are narrated by someone else entirely.

Build Information

A build date and time for Game Update 1.26 can be found in eboot.bin.

Version Hex Address Build Date
Version 1.26 00E4F5DF
BUILD_date.May 11 2017.BUILD_time.23:28:36