With its comprehensive customistation, vibrant visuals and the cutest mascot on the planet, it's fair to say we're hotly anticipating Sackboy's racing debut in LittleBigPlanet Karting.
Considering the deserved popularity of the PS3 exclusive LittleBigPlanet series, it's surprising however to find that its karting spin-off hasn't been given much spotlight since its quiet announcement, which is a shame when it clearly has the potential to shake up the karting genre as we know it.
Following last month's private beta, we now at least have an official release date – get ready to construct purerile penis-shaped tracks on November 7th in European territories and November 9th in the UK. Don't ask us why the UK has to be treated seperately.
To commemorate the announcement, Media Molecule have cobbled together a rather quirky new trailer that makes us wish the heads of Media Molecule and United Front had a say in this year's Olympic Games. Because it needs more Cake Hurdling, Grapple Jumping and Slap Judo.
If anything, the trailer reassures us that the series' unbridled creativity will stay intact, despite being confined to the racing genre unlike in LittleBigPlanet 2 where you could tackle practically every type of game imaginable.
In addition, the dreaded pre-order bonuses have also been revealed, and it's the usual bundle of exclusive, yet inconsequential game content. Dubbed as the 'Game Maker Pack,' early adopters will gain access to three new costumes for Sackboy's wardrobe, where you'll be able to dress up as either a racing driver, a mascot of of United Front Games or PlayStation marketing man legend Kevin Butler, should you so desire.
The package also includes three ready-made karts, allowing you to race in a racing car kart, arcade machine kart or a golf buggy kart.
But that's not all, as there's also going to be a snazzy looking special edition, too, but, other than the fact it will come with an extravagant 3D cover, the bonuses it will include are currently under wraps until later this month.
November 2012 certainly seems to be a defining month for kart racers, as LittleBigPlanet Karting will be fending off some very fierce competition in the form of Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing Transformed and Codemasters' recently announced F1 Race Stars – both of which will be duelling in a head to head race on November 16th.
For our money, there's been no better time to be a fan of casual kart racers, especially as we finally have what looks like a strong line-up of games in the genre that don't star an podgy plumber from Italy on the cover.