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Sony turns off LittleBigPlanet servers after "recent attacks" "target community members"

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Sony has shut down its LittleBigPlanet servers due to the "severity of the recent attacks" that "target [its] loyal community members". 

While the tweet stopped short of confirming what, exactly, the attacks consist of, Eurogamer (opens in new tab) reports "offensive messages" are what's forced the servers offline.

"We are aware that some of our community are experiencing issues with the servers," the official LittleBigPlanet recently tweeted (opens in new tab). "Please be assured that we are investigating these new attacks and will update you when we know more.

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"Due to the severity of the recent attacks we have no other option than to temporarily disable the game servers," a tweet from earlier today added. "We do not take these attacks lightly especially when they target our loyal community members. Thanks for understanding."

As Ali explained a couple of months back (opens in new tab), the issues date back to at least March 12, when Sony support studio XDEV first tweeted (opens in new tab) to tell fans that "our LBP servers have been taken offline whilst we investigate some technical issues. We'll be back as soon as we can". 

Initially, the developer expected "the service to resume before the end of [March]" but it ultimately took longer than that to resolve the issue. At the time, some fans claimed the outage stems from a DDoS attack from a disgruntled player, although there was no official word on what may have caused the downtime, nor what, specifically, is causing the issues this time around.

At the time of writing, the servers are still offline almost 24 hours after Sony's first communication about the latest incident.

While you wait for the servers to come back up, here are some PS5 launch games (opens in new tab) that you can check out alongside Sackboy: A Big Adventure.

Vikki Blake
Vikki Blake

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.