This Week's Top Stories: March 4 - 9, 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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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag detailed

Ubisoft has unleashed a boatload of information on its historical action-adventure sequel, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. As previously reported, the game will centre on Edward Kenway, the grandfather of Assassin’s Creed III protagonist, Connor Kenway.

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PS4 session for GDC, confirms Sony

This month’s Game Developer Conference (GDC) will play host to a session highlighting Sony’s PlayStation 4 from a development point of view.

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Sony to sell all shares of its Japanese online games provider

Sony Corp officials expect to post a gain of 40.9 bill yet ($437 million) in recorded opearting income in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ending this month.

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PS Vita sales 'quadruple' in Japan

The president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ) has said that PlayStation Vita sales in the region have risen sharply since the introduction of a price cut last month.

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Thief reboot detailed, coming to PS4 in 2014

The reboot of the Thief series--cleverly named Thief--will release on PlayStation 4, PC, and other next-gen platforms in 2014, according to Game Informer's April 2013 cover story.

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David Hayter may not voice Snake in Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

Konami and Kojima Productions may look elsewhere for a voice actor for series-acclaimed main character Big Boss instead of David Hayter in Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.

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EA: Dead Space remains an important IP

Rumors of the death of one of EA's most popular IPs have been greatly exaggerated. A representative from EA wrote in an email to PSU that the Dead Space 4 rumors floating around are "patently false."

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Minecraft could appear on PS3 or PS4

Minecraft is easily one of the biggest sensations of this gaming generation. The open-world creation suite is currently out on PC, Xbox 360, and mobile devices, but the potential exists for a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 version.

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Report: Sony will have 16 million PS4 consoles available at launch

According to sources from the companies making PS4 components, Sony is aiming to have 16 million PlayStation 4 units available at launch this year, with component shipments happening sometime in August.

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PlayStation exclusives win big at British Academy Game Awards

The 2013 British Academy Games Awards has concluded, and the full list of winners has been made available via press release.

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Capcom announces Lost Planet 3 release date for U.S., Europe

Capcom has staple-gunned a western release date to Lost Planet 3, confirming the game will launch in North America on June 25 and in Europe on June 28.

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EA CFO clarifies stance on microtransactions: 'Not all' future EA games will have them

In the wake of comments made regarding the ubiquity of microtransactions in future EA titles, CFO Blake Jorgensen has rolled back to clarify that, in fact, not every upcoming EA game will offer them.

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GAME: PS4 pre-orders 'performing well'

U.K. retail giant GAME has said that pre-orders for Sony’s PlayStation 4 console are “performing very well.”

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PS4 gets huge support from middleware firms

Sony’s PlayStation 4 will be supported by a variety of middleware firms, bringing the likes of xaitControl, Morpheme 4 and SpeedTree to the next-generation games console.

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'PS4 beta tests are frauds' - Sony issues warning against early offers of game testing

Sony has issued a warning via its Twitter account for people to watch out for anyone who offers them the chance to be involved in a PS4 beta test.

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Santa Monica Studios eager to start developing for PS4: 'we will blow you away'

Now that Santa Monica Studios is set to release God of War: Ascension next week, their eyes appear set on their next endeavor: the PlayStation 4.

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Sony U.K. boss: PS Vita sales 'exploded' over Christmas

The head of Sony Computer Entertainment U.K. has said that while PlayStation Vita sales were lagging in the weeks leading up to Christmas, sales ‘absolutely exploded’ at the peak of the holiday season.

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God of War dev: 'there's still life in Kratos'

The developer behind God of War: Ascension has said that it believes series protagonist Kratos still has life left in him, despite starring in six core titles in eight years

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Hideo Kojima on PS4: features don't make the platform, it needs games

Speaking to EDGE magazine, famed game director Hideo Kojima has described his feelings on PlayStation 4 and Sony's PS4 reveal at last month's PlayStation Meeting.

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Braid creator Jonathan Blow thinks PS4 may beat next Xbox

Speaking to EDGE magazine, celebrated indie dev and Braid creator Jonathan Blow indicated Sony's positioning with PlayStation 4 is more desirable than Microsoft's direction with the next-generation Xbox.

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