To celebrate the launch of the Nightmare before Christmas DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2 and LittleBigPlanet Vita we thought it would be nice to run a little competition. The prize is a copy of the poster below signed by all of us here at Tarsier!
And the winner is…
There were a lot of great entries and we were amazed by how well all of you used the decorations from the Nightmare Before Christmas DLC and other spooky DLC packs. Well done all of you!
In the end there could only be one winner, so without further ado:
Please get in touch with us either by sending an email to us through the contact form (select LBP PS Vita as the topic) or by sending us a message on Twitter or Facebook so we know where we need to send the poster to!
Just in time for the 20th anniversary of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas we are bringing a brand new gallery level to LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and LittleBigPlanet 2!
The Nightmare Before Christmas Creator Pack will be released next week! The pack comes with a number of new materials, a new background, music and sound effects, as well as a range of objects, decorations and stickers.
LittleBigPlanet PS Vita has been out for exactly one year now! And what a year it has been!
Making LittleBigPlanet PS Vita was a daunting task, especially so since we built it for a platform that barely existed when we started on the project. But, with the help of Double Eleven and Sony XDev, we managed to overcome all obstacles and delivered a game that we are very proud of!
Since launch LittleBigPlanet PS Vita picked up several awards, like the Game of the Year award from TIGA, and was nominated for several prestigious awards such as a BAFTA for Best Mobile/Handheld Game. The critical reception was simply amazing with many reviewers praising it as “the definitive LittleBigPlanet game”. Today LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is one of the highest rated PS Vita games on Metacritic with a Metascore of 88.
But more importantly you guys seem to enjoy it a lot! Over the past 12 months you have created way more content for your fellow players to enjoy than we ever could! There are now 118,323 levels and on average of 324 levels are added to this number every day.
To celebrate we are giving away 3 voucher codes for the EU version of LittleBigPLanet PS Vita. If you would like to get a one, simply leave a message on our Facebook page or send us a message on Twitter and tell us why you should be chosen!
Make sure you are following our Twitter account, @TarsierStudios, so we can DM you the code.
We will send out to codes tomorrow afternoon!
At the end of last year Sony ran an awesome LittleBigPlanet contest for the chance to win a month-long internship with us here at Tarsier Studios. During his stay we would work with the lucky winner to polish his level into a true community gem and introduce him to the dark secrets of game development!
After playing through hundreds of amazing LittleBigPlanet PS Vita levels created by players from all over Europe the judges decided that Simone’s entry, Flint, was the best. So Sony flew him out to Sweden to join us at the beginning of June.
Over the course of the past four weeks Simone worked closely with our designers and artists. During that time he learned a lot about how we made the story levels in LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and we helped him make his mini-game even better than it already was. We think the end result is a great showcase of what anyone can create with LittleBigPlanet given a bit of time!
It was awesome to have a LittleBigPlanet fan as motivated as Simone in the office for four weeks and to see how quickly he improved upon his level after just a little feedback from us!
Malmö, 2013-06-06. The board of directors at Tarsier Studios, a Swedish game studio best known for internationally acclaimed games LittleBigPlanet PSVita and Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic, and their work on LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet 2 has appointed Ola Holmdahl as its new CEO.
“Ola Holmdahl has a long track record in the game industry and brings a wide range of skills within game design, project management and corporate leadership. We believe Ola will be a great help in Tarsier’s continued development”, says Magnus Lindsten, chairman of the board of Tarsier Studios.
Mattias Nygren, the original Chief Executive Officer at Tarsier Studios, will be leaving the company.
“As CEO and executive producer I’ve been responsible for the development of the company as well as product development at two separate offices,” Nygren explains. “The office in Malmö is developing console games and our Karlshamn office provides game art outsourcing services. Due to my great ambitions, I don’t consider it feasible to keep both these studios running under me at the same time. I want to focus on a single studio, and given the fact that my family lives in Karlshamn, that is where I want to work.”
Tarsier Studios has decided to sell off the Karlshamn office to Nygren as a means to achieve its goal of focusing more on original IP development. Nygren will continue to operate the Karlshamn office, but as a new and independent company focusing on contract work within the game industry.
According to Ola Holmdahl himself, “Tarsier Studios is a fantastic company that always delivers quality and creativity in a class of its own. As cofounder, coowner and CEO, Mattias Nygren has faced every challenge along the way to success in an exemplary fashion. As an entrepreneur and business developer, he’s built a unique and successful relationship with Sony Computer Entertainment, where Tarsier’s work on LittleBigPlanet won the company a place among the best game developers in the country. Sony is a fantastic publisher that has worked closely with Tarsier and contributed greatly in refining and developing our products.”
On top of which he states that “now it’s time to lead Tarsier onward, and we look forward to continuing our great relationship with Sony Computer Entertainment. Tarsier Studios is a company that has everything it takes to create a portfolio of fresh games and new IPs. Tarsier needs to be a creative leader, a workplace where the very best creators have an environment where they can work on their dream projects. In the international arena, quality, artistic expression, creativity, and craftsmanship remains the best combination.”
Photo courtesy of Sydvenskan (Jenny Leman).
Today we are starting a new article series called Inside Tarsier!
The articles in this series can be anything from illustrations, ideas and random thoughts, to little snippets of writing, videos, and musings on small side-projects that the creative folks here at Tarsier are working on in their spare time.
We start with illustration of a mysterious red-haired lady, drawn by Andreas, who is one of our artists.
You can read more about how he drew it below and he also include a timelapse of the whole image being drawn.
For those of you eagerly salivating over new adventures for Sackboy on the PS Vita … well, you need drool no longer! We are delighted to announce a brand new game add-on for LittleBigPlanet PS Vita; the Marvel – Arcade Pack!
The Marvel – Arcade Pack contains three fantastic new games, each of which will challenge you in very different ways.
In Hero Rush, team up with three of your favourite Marvel heroes – such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, or Thor – and try to survive for as long as you can. Shoot for highscore heroics by avoiding plasma beams, rockets, and all sorts of obstacular trickery. Of course, obstacular isn’t a real word, but you should never let a dictionary get in the way of your thrilling Marvel heroics!
In the mind-bending puzzler Avengers: Ultimate Escape guide several Marvel heroes, including Hulk, Captain America and many more, through a deadly maze. The cool thing about this game is that the challenges you face will be completely different depending on the hero you choose!
And last, but by no means least, we have S.H.I.E.L.D. – Interceptor! Take control of the Quinjet and blast your way through wave after wave of the invading Chitauri hordes. Don’t forget to pick up coins along the way to unlock new weapons in The Vault..
Of course, it wouldn’t be a LittleBigPlanet level pack without a whole host of new create assets to play with and bring your own creations to life! By collecting coins in the arcade games, you can unlock over a hundred new stickers, dozens of decorations, sound effects, and three new interactive music tracks.
The Marvel Arcade Pack will be available on 3rd April priced at £3.99/€4.99, exclusively for LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. Be there, or we’ll send Hulk round to convince you!
There are now over 70 000 community levels in LitteBigPlanet PS Vita and more are being published by the community every day! Let’s take a minute to look at some of the most amazing levels create by the community over last six months.
Last Monday we received the Malmö City Creative Industry award, or in Swedish “Malmö Stads Näringslivspris inom kreativa näringar”.
The award, currently in it’s 7th year, highlights companies or individuals who have made an important contribution to furthering Malmö’s position as a central player in the creative industry. We are honoured and delighted to have received this award!
You can read the motivation of the judges below:
This year’s winner mixes playfulness, optimism and ambition in a way where entrepreneurship is as much at the heart as creativity.
With an explosive growth experiences are created and emphasis is placed on employee talent, creativity and perseverance.
The move to Malmö was seen as given. The perfect location has been found and they are now charging full steam ahead.
We eagerly look forward to this development.