LittleBigPlanet studio Media Molecule has invested millions into research and development in an effort alleviate its "heavy reliance" on the LBP franchise.
Media Molecule has rightfully earned its place as one of the most respected developers in the business with its work on LittleBigPlanet, but its sole reliance on a single brand is something the studio aims to escape.
According to a directors' annual report obtained by Develop, the studio spent a massive £4.1 million on 'research and development' during the twelve months ending March 2011.
Studio directors said the developer was making huge investments in "leading edge physics and dynamics, rapid world creation from laser data, innovative routes to market via web based interfaces, 3D stereo-optics for advanced simulation, and use of 'hi-def' data capture and processing techniques", but made no specific mention of a new game.
The firm says that the bulk of its business risks were "largely as a result of the company's heavy reliance on the one LittleBigPlanet brand name".
It goes on to determine that "it is vital for Media Molecule to focus a high proportion of its resources on R&D to allow it to maintain its world leading position as a developer of innovative games".
Media Molecule's Siobhan Reddy told our colleagues at Edge Online last year that the developer was "stepping away from LittleBigPlanet to focus on some new ideas", seemingly dispelling any hope of a LittleBigPlanet 3 in the near future.