"stepping away" from the IP. It's "kind of like" a child moving out the house.
That's what art director Mark Healey believes it feels like, but they're "still very involved" with LBP. Stepping away is "just one" thread at Media Molecule.
The Sony-owned Media Molecule studio wants to explore new projects but they aren't forgetting about Sackboy and the world they made. "It's a bit like, if you think of LBP as having a child, Sackboy was our child, you get to the stage where they want to leave home," art director Mark Healey said. "It's kind of like that."
"When my son leaves home, whenever that is, I'll probably care about him even more and want to keep tabs on him and make sure he's not doing the things I did when I was his age. But we're still very involved with it."
"One of the funny pains we're having growing – airing our dirty laundry – we're no longer a single-threaded company," chipped in technical director Alex Evans.
"Siobhan is no longer managing eight people in a start-up. She's managing this big franchise that Sony are really interested in us being involved with forever, which is cool."
"There are all these different threads, and this stepping away thread is just one of them."
"Ironically, she was the one who publically said, oh, we're stepping away, thus ignoring the other half of her job, which is, for example, the LBP Move pack, which is coming out."
"The point is, we're no longer a one threaded company. That's really difficult for us, but we're doing it to keep it fresh. Because if you do the same thing all of the time single-threadedly, and that's it, you do end up getting stale," they continued.
"So what we've tried to do is almost pile things on. But as anyone knows who's worked in a growing studio, that's a dangerous place to go."
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