This Week's Top Stories: August 20 - 25, 2012

Welcome to another instalment in our weekly news digest where the team at PSU Towers picks our favourite slices of gaming gossip from the past seven days.

See below for the latest news recaps -- be sure to click 'read more' to view the full article.

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U.K. Charts: Sleeping Dogs dethrones London 2012

Sleeping Dogs, the sprawling action-adventure formally known as True Crime: Hong Kong, has topped the U.K. All Format Charts following its launch last Friday, ending London 2012’s chart reign in the process.

Developed by United Front Games and Square Enix London Studios, Sleeping Dogs sees players hopping into the shoes of undercover cop Wei Shen as he infiltrates a notorious Triad gang. Check out our review here.

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Dragon Age 3 details spill via survey

Fresh details on BioWare’s as-yet unannounced fantasy RPG Dragon’s Age III have emerged via a survey.

According to the survey (via NeoGAF), which remains unverified at present, players will assume the role of the leader of The Inquisition – quite who this organisation is remains a mystery at present, however.

You’ll pick from a warrior, mage or thief class, and assemble a team of up to 10 team mates to battle against a new evil. This can be achieved either by directly attacking on the battlefield or indulging in a spot of political warfare and sending out spies.

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PS Vita life-to-date sales unveiled

PlayStation Germany boss Uwe Bassendowski has revealed to Playfront that life-to-date sales figures for the PlayStation Vita stand at 2.2 million worldwide.

Up until now Sony has generally remained tight-lipped in regards to how well its new handheld is performing on a global basis, with the last update coming on February 26. Back then, PS Vita had sold 1.2 million.

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Rumor: Metal Gear Solid 5 due out next summer at earliest

Konami’s as-yet unannounced Metal Gear Solid 5 will be released by summer 2013 at the very earliest, it has emerged.

Reports stem from mo-cap actor Eric Bossic, who revealed to Silent Haven that he’s just finished some work with Kojima Productions on the stealth-action title.

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PS Vita will have over 100 PSone titles next week

One of the most requested features for PlayStation Vita since launch is unequivocally the addition of PSone Classics, a service that Sony is finally making available for its new handheld next week.

Fortunately, it seems the hardware manufacturer is really stepping up to the plate for the launch of this retro range of gaming greats, confirming over 100 titles will be available for download on PS Vita.

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Dust 514 cover art revealed, new screenshots

Today is the official launch of the PlayStation Plus beta of Dust 514. To celebrate, CCP released a new set of screenshots, and it included the official cover art in the batch of pictures.

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Final Fantasy XIII devs to unveil new direction for Lightning saga

The Lightning saga born from Final Fantasy XIII is set to be taken in a brand new direction, Japanese publisher Square Enix has revealed.

September 1, 2012 will mark a special day for the company, when the producer, director and art director of FFXIII will unveil fresh information about the direction of heroine Lightning at a Tokyo-based event.

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Sony Liverpool has closed its doors

According to website CVG, Sony is shuttering WipEout developer Studio Liverpool as part of the company’s reorganisation plans.

The site claims that PlayStation Europe big cheese Michael Denny visited the UK studio on Wednesday morning to break the news to staff there that the developer would be closing its doors.

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WipEout PS4 was in development at Sony Liverpool

Following the sad news today that Sony Liverpool has closed its doors, Eurogamer has heard from a reliable source that the company was in fact working on two PlayStation 4 titles before shutting up shop.

According to the anonymous source, the company was developing a Splinter Cell-type game, which initially started out as a gagster affair before evolving into a stealth-based title. Apparently, it would have utilized motion capture tech similar to L.A. Noire.

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Kingdom Hearts III all but confirmed, Dream Drop Distance spells it out as next KH game

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for things that happen during the credits of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. The ending of the game is NOT spoiled, but please read at your own risk.

We've waited. And waited. And breathed sighs of dissent as spin-off after spin-off flooded the market and fleshed out the Kingdom Hearts mythos without moving the story forward to the sequel we've been anticipating for years: Kingdom Hearts III.

The wait is over. Kingdom Hearts III is coming, and it's the next game in the series.

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PlayStation 4 will support 4K resolution, Yahoo! Claims

Every month seems to bring more rumors concerning the inevitable PlayStation 4 (or is it Orbis?). We're not sure if we're ready to talk about PS4 quite yet - we're still having a blast with our PlayStation 3's and PS Vita's, after all! - but that hasn't stopped tech blog BGR from coming forward with information regarding Sony's next generation.

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Ubisoft registers Assassin’s Creed Initiate domains

Domains for Assassin’s Creed Initiate have been registered by Ubisoft, reports Fusible.

AssassinsCreedInitiate.com, AssassinsInitiate.com and ACInitiate.com were uncovered by the website, though it remains unknown exactly what they relate to.

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Uncharted film to be re-written, Neil Burger is out

The planned movie adaptation of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune has hit yet another road block this week, as it has emerged that director Neil Burger has reportedly left the project.

Burger was the second director to sign up for the action-adventure flick, based on the hugely-popular PlayStation 3-exclusive franchise by Naughty Dog. However, Variety claims he’s no longer attached to the movie.

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Peter Moore: next-gen to usher a rebirth in packaged goods

Peter Moore, chief operating officer of Electronic Arts, believes that the arrival of next-generation consoles will stimulate interest in disc-based products.

Chatting with MCV, Moore declared “with a new generation of consoles coming up, packaged goods will get a rebirth.”

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Remedy says next-gen consoles are 'a quantum leap' above PS3/360

Remedy Entertainment, the Finnish developer behind Max Payne and Alan Wake, has declared that next-generation consoles are “a quantum leap” over PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Like many studios, Remedy has already begun working on a title for next-gen hardware, and assures gamers that the technology afforded by new consoles is far beyond the capabilities of current-gen machines.

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