Return to Carnivalia
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Developer(s) Halston Stephenson (Powerspell3)
Mark Hall (HallM3)
Writer(s) Halston Stephenson
Composer(s) Breezy-The-Pro
Platform LittleBigPlanet 3
Release Date September 22, 2018
Latest Update v1.6
September 24, 2018
Team Picked September 24, 2018
Genre(s) Platform-Adventure
Return to Carnivalia is a level series in LittleBigPlanet 3 developed by Trixel Creative, released September 22, 2018. The creative directors were Halston Stephenson and RikoruDaniel.

The level was Team Picked on the 24th of September 2018, and remains the only Team Pick to be added to the playlist on a Monday instead of Friday.

Development History

Development on the level pack started in early 2015, and was mostly brainstormed on paper.

The earliest public mention of the level pack is a tweet from @Trixel_Creative dated July 13, 2015 on Twitter, stating:

#ReturnToCarnivalia - JOIN THE CREATION PROCESS! -"[1]

The first announcement for the level pack was two days later on July 17, 2015 with a tweet by @Trixel_Creative stating:

#ReturnToCarnivalia and meet 4 familiar Curators! 4 new story levels, 3 new mini-games, and more... Paaarrrtttyyy"[2].

The level was given a full video announcement trailer on October 18, 2015 at Tri-Expo 2015.

The level series underwent four different revisions, internally referred to as 'Version 1', 'Version 2' 'Version 3' and 'Version 4' respectively. Version 4 is the release product.

Version 1 (2015-2016)

Version 1 was the first version of the level series, and begun development in 2015. The only remaining level from this period is 'Swingbop Jive'.

This version of the level series was featured in the original Tri-Expo 2015 trailer.

Halston Stephenson stated that developers were experimental with level design, and that it helped the team to get "some footing" with the series[3]. This version of the series was never completed.

Version 2 (2016)

Version 2 was a brief revision of Version 1, taking place between the Tri-Expo 2015 reveal trailer and the Tri-Expo 2016 story trailer.

A development hiatus on this revision demoralized developers, leading to development limbo for the series.

Version 3 (2016-2017)

Version 3 was the revision featured in the Tri-Expo 2016 story trailer, and featured such content as Junkyard Dog.

Development on this revision lasted until early 2017, and was considered the "rough draft" for the series[4].

Version 4 (2017-2018)

Version 4 was the final revision of the series, and began development in early 2017.


Main Levels

Title Level Type Developer(s)
An Ominous Return Cutscene Lego1109
Welcome to Carnivalia Gameplay RikoruDaniel
Swingbop Jive Gameplay Powerspell3
Wonderful Wander in Odd Gameplay Hallm3
Bits N' Springs Gameplay RikoruDaniel
Mansion on Spooky Hill Gameplay Hallm3
Cannon Escapade Gameplay RikoruDaniel
The Junkyard Giant Gameplay RikoruDaniel
The Cannon Home Cutscene TheD1vineS0ldier
Return to Craftworld Cutscene TheD1vineS0ldier

Additional Levels

Title Level Type Developer(s) Notes
Whole in the Wall Survival Challenge Erysiol
  • Takes place in La Marionetta
Victoria's Oven Dash Survival Challenge Renefoetsie
  • Takes place in Spooky Mansion


  • The level series was a double-page feature in the March 2018 edition of GamesMaster magazine (#327).


  3. Personal conversation between Halston Stephenson and Billy Anderson
  4. Personal conversation between Halston Stephenson and Billy Anderson
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