LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule debuts Tearaway

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Sackboy looks like he’s got some competition for the “cutest character” title at Media Molecule. The U.K.-based developer showed off its new game, Tearaway, today during Sony’s press conference at GamesCom in Cologne, Germany.

The game stars Iota, a small, colorful character tasked with delivering a message. Players will be able to interact with the game by with touch. In one example in the debut trailer, the player tapped the Vita’s back panel. This caused a realistic-looking human finger to push up through the ground of the game’s paper world, punching a hole through the ground as the player assisted the character by interacting with objects in the level.

Tearaway’s official website describes the game as follows:

Adventure through a vibrant papery world with your new friend Iota, a plucky messenger with a unique message to deliver—to you!

This paper world is small enough to hold in your own two hands, allowing you to reach into the game with your god-like powers and help iota complete this very special delivery.

Tearaway’s Twitter page and website went live today as well.

The game is set to release in 2013.