You see that frowny face SackBoy is making in the above picture? That's because he's sad that Sony and MediaMolecule have decided to launch LittleBigPlanet on October 21st despite the fact the online co-op mode is not ready. Wait..What?!?!
Yup, apparently the release first - patch later philosophy now applies to AAA titles like Sony's LittleBigPlanet. According to Eurogamer while the game won't be playable online with 4 player co-op, there is still offline co-op available until the patch is released. The claim is the patch will follow only a "few weeks" after the game's release, why not delay it? We all know the holiday season rush is a critical time to get game's out the door, but a few weeks should still put the release before Black Friday in the US. Of course this also makes us wonder what else is missing and/or broken in the game.
Update: 1UP has some more clarifying details stating the game still retains online co-op, just not the online creation tools. So you'll be able to play through already created levels, you just won't be able to create levels with your friends until the patch.