This Week's Top Stories: January 7 - 12, 2013

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 week’s highlights.

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PS2 production ceases worldwide

Speaking during an interview with The Guardian, Sony has confirmed that production of the PlayStation 2 has ceased globally. Last week news emerged that the electronics giant had put a lid on production of its 12-year-old home console in Japan.

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WipEout unlikely to return, says ex-series dev

Sony’s futuristic racing franchise WipEout is unlikely to make a comeback following the closure of Liverpool Studio last year. That’s according to an ex-developer of the popular series, which has remained a tent pole franchise for PlayStation platforms since its debut in 1994.

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Rumor: Sony to unveil PS4 in February

The successor to the PlayStation 3 will be formally unveiled at the Destination PlayStation event in February 2013, claims Expert Reviews.

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THQ franchise rights may be sold to EA, others at auction on January 22

The latest news in the ongoing saga of publisher THQ's financial woes paints a grim picture for the company's intellectual properties, but also posits a chance for salvation.

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Hanna co-writer joins Shadow of the Colossus movie

Seth Lochhead, the co-writer of action movie Hanna, has jumped on board the film adaptation of Team ICO’s Shadow of the Colossus.

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Sony says PS Vita sales are at the 'low end of what we expected'

Sony Corporation head honcho Kazuo Hirai has touched base on the state of PlayStation Vita’s global sales. Speaking at CES (via the Wall Street Journal), Hirai admitted the high-powered handheld’s sales are “at the low end of what we expected.”

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes announced

Traveller’s Tales has announced LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, the latest game to explore the world and lore of Marvel Comics.

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Sony unveils December's top selling PSN games, Journey ranks first

Celebrating a fantastic year of great downloadable games, the PlayStation Blog has disclosed the top selling PlayStation Network titles for the month of December 2012. 

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Report: PS3 beating Xbox 360 in global shipments

Sony’s PlayStation 3 has eclipsed the Xbox 360 in global shipments, according to a market analysis document by the International Data Corporation.

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NA PlayStation Store launching on web browsers in January

Announced earlier today at CES 2013, Sony will be launching a web version of the North American PlayStation Store before month's end.

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LittleBigPlanet 2: Extras Edition unveiled

Sony has pulled the wraps off LittleBigPlanet 2: Extras Edition, which features the original DIY platform sequel and a host of extra content.

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Square on Final Fantasy X HD: 'The world will get answers soon'

Final Fantasy X is my second-favorite JRPG of all time. Its sweeping tale of love set against catastrophic, world-altering conflict is as timeless as the Sphere Grid level-up system.

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