EA is releasing a separate SKU for a creature-editor edition of Spore even earlier than its September 7 game launch. The company confirmed with us that the stand-alone product will let players begin creating crazy creatures, although it won't include other components of Spore's Creature Phase. Those creatures will then be able to be used in the full version of Spore.
EA didn't give any more specific details about when the creature-editor-only Spore will be released and its cost. Here's hoping it's a free download available, umm, yesterday. There's time travel in Spore, right?