LittleBigPlanet Takes Platinum Sales Award

LittleBigPlanet? ?Takes Platinum Sales Award

LittleBigPlanet has been awarded a Platinum Sales status by industry group ELSPA, meaning the title has now sold over 300,000 units in the UK.

LittleBigPlanet’s UK launch saw the title debut at fourth in the all-format top ten, sitting behind Fallout 3, FIFA 09 and Gears of War 2. It then fell out of the top ten just seven days later, casting an unflattering light on the title’s mainstream appeal.

But early in January the title was listed by ELSPA as a Gold status (200k) game. Just a month later, and Sony’s “evergreen” title has joined an increasingly-exclusive crowd of high-selling games.

LittleBigPlanet – which was awarded the highest score in Edge and subsequently received the Best Game of 2008 award – now has a mountain to climb to shake off its Platinum status; it has to amount sales of over 600,000 copies to enter the Double Platinum group.

In January, Epic’s Gears Of War 2 had achieved just that, as has the 360 version of EA’s FIFA 09.

Meanwhile, Free Radical’s PS3 exclusive HAZE makes its first entry into the ELSPA award chart, earning a Silver (100k) award; surely a victory lap in a remarkable week for the developer, which saw an eleventh-hour, company-salvaging buyout from Crytek.

In each of ELSPA’s sales groups, every category represents one single-platform version, so while the 360 version of FIFA 09 hits Double Platinum, the PS3 version keeps its Platinum status.

Back in November, both Mario Kart Wii and Wii Fit joined ELSPA’s select group of Diamond sellers, a standing for games that sell over one million units. ELSPA’s compiling of game sales began back in 1999, meaning the likes of Tomb Raider 2 and Ocarina of Time miss the list.