Server closures are an inevitability with online games. You can never tell when its gonna happen at first, but eventually, publishers pull the plug for online support. Sadly, its now LittleBigPlanet's turn, though that's come sooner than intended.
Having faced repeated attacks from hackers, LittleBigPlanet's suffered major server problems across 2021, which some reports indicating was due to a lack of official support for LBP, not including recent spin-off entry Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
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As such, the decision's now been taken to close down the older servers, affecting LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet 3 on PS3, and LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation Vita. That's been done to "protect the community and to help ensure that our online environment remains safe".
While disappointing for long-term LBP fans, there's still good news to be found. LBP3's PS4 edition will remain online, and Sumo Digital's now deployed a new patch with Update 1.27 to protect it. As a result, that also means all 10 million user-made community levels haven't been lost.