Platformer LittleBigPlanet is once again on the receiving end of attacks from hackers. This time the servers were forced to close over the weekend when hackers used the game's community features to post hateful messages. Fans reported malicious scripts causing transphobic messages to pop up, as well as game crashes.
In an update to the official Twitter account, it was reported that the game servers have been temporarily disabled due to the severity of the attacks:
LBP Server Update : Due to the severity of the recent attacks we have no other option than to temporarily disable the game servers. We do not take these attacks lightly especially when they target our loyal community members. Thanks for understanding.
— Sackboy: A Big Adventure | LittleBigPlanet (@LittleBigPlanet) May 22, 2021
It's clear from the account's pinned tweet that there's been server trouble dating back to March this year. In a report from Eurogamer covering the March DDOS attacks, fans cited one particular disgruntled player who is unhappy with how Sony has been treating the franchise as having launched the campaign, though why repeated attacks on the LittleBigPlanet servers would be their outlet of choice is anybody's guess.
It took a couple of months for the servers to be back up after the incident in March so it could very well be another few months in this case too, but it's likely there will be a comeback from this soon enough. Whether extended continuation of this tug-of-war may result in a more permanent closure, or at least closure for longer periods, is unclear. Here's hoping this incident will be the end of the repeated trouble instead.