LBP six figure advertising campaign to roll out in December
Sure, it might have a metacritic score of 95% and more 10s than a Miss World contest but when it comes to what publishers (secretly) really care about – how many units have flown off shelves – it’s been somewhat disappointing.
Entering the charts at number four, Sackboy has been continuously trounced by the likes of Gears of War 2 and Fable II since its release. Sure, you could argue these are sequels to immensely popular franchises but a lot of noise has been around Sony’s emblematic mascot-in-waiting and, if we’re being honest, we expected more from the little guy in terms of numbers coming straight out the gate.
That said, have Sony done enough to promote the game in general? If you’re reading this you’re one of a select few who read gaming sites for your PS3 news fix and you’re likely to think LittleBigPlanet has been advertised ad nauseam but, apart from some TV spots and the news furor surrounding Quran-gate, what have Sony really done to promote the game?
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, David Wilson, Sony’s head of U.K. PR, explains that Sony are extremely happy with both how LittleBigPlanet has been received critically and by the buying public.
“If you bought this game on day one, you’d play your 50 plus levels on the Blu-ray and dip into the 12,000 levels created by the beta testers. If you bought the game one week later you’ve got over 84,000 user created levels to play with. This game gets better and better as an experience and as a value proposition.”
What’s interesting from reading David’s later comments is that it would appear the LittleBigCampaign is about to ramp-up.
“The bulk of our marketing including our six figure TV advertising campaign doesn’t roll out until December,” he states, assuring those of us who believe the game has been a tad short-changed in terms of public exposure that “Sackboy hasn’t even hit his stride yet.”
Here’s hoping for a media blitz and we see LittleBigPlanet where it belongs – at the top of the charts this holiday period.