Sony "officially" announced LittleBigPlanet Karting today via the Playstation Blog. Sony confirmed the game's existence last month after images were leaked to the public. The PS3 kart-racer is being designed by ModNation Racers studio United Front Games.

As you'll see in the trailer and these screenshots, the game clearly takes the series' roots in design seriously. This won't just be Sackboy and friends going around the same track over and over.

According to producer James Grieves, LBP Karting will include a suite of creative tools tailored for Kart-based level design that will be familiar to LittleBigPlanet design veterans. "Our goal with LBP Karting has been fairly simple – provide a fast-paced experience that captures the best of classic karting gameplay, married with the unbridled creativity of LBP." 

LittleBigPlanet Karting will hit the track some time in 2012.

[Via PlayStation Blog]