Sony's Jack Tretton introduced user-generated content-based racer Mod Nation Racers with a segue from LittleBigPlanet for a reason -- the company's aiming to build and own a genre, and these two titles are just the beginning of a multi-phase strategy.
"Mod Nation Racers was in development before we even shipped LBP," Sony's Worldwide Studios North America head Scott Rohde told Gamasutra. "It wasn't just, 'hey, we see the success of LBP, let's go scramble and build something else. We knew we had something special on our hands."
Sony believes that games built on user contributions are "absolutely the future of games... it's something that's a long-term strategy for Sony," Rohde says.