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This Week's Top Stories: August 6 - 11, 2012

on 11 August 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 a quick recap.

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Hideki Kamiya slams PlayStation-All Stars Battle Royale

Platinum Games co-founder Hideki Kamiya appears none-too impressed with Superbot Entertainment’s upcoming PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, if a series of Tweets from the developer are anything to go by.

The Devil May Cry director took to the social networking site to label the upcoming brawler a “rip-off” of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series.

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God of War Saga, inFamous Collection announced

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has officially confirmed both the God of War Saga and inFamous Collection for release in the U.S. this month.

God of War Saga was previously hinted at last week, though it’s only now we’ve heard anything on the inFamous Collection. Both games will launch alongside the previously-confirmed Ratchet & Clank Collection on August 28, priced at $29.99 each.

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Sony files trademarks for “Rain” and “Until Dawn,” gamescom reveals incoming?

A couple weeks back, we reported that Sony would be revealing two brand-new exclusive titles at gamescom in August. Two trademarks very recently filed by Sony Computer Entertainment America could be exactly what we're looking for.

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THQ cancels InSANE trilogy

Director Guillermo Del Toro’s InSANE trilogy has been scrapped, publisher THQ has revealed, with all rights to the IP returned to the Pacific Rim producer.

The news broke during THQ’s quarterly financial briefing, where the company’s president, Jason Rubin, also revealed the publisher’s intention to shutter development of Facebook and mobile games.

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LittleBigPlanet Karting dated for U.S., Europe

LittleBigPlanet Karting will be released in North America on November 6 and in Europe on November 9, Sony has announced.

The do-it-yourself racing game combines the play, create share philosophy of the core LittleBigPlanet games with the user-friendly nature of kart racers such as Mario Kart and Crash Team Racing. Gamers can customise their own SackBoy/Girl while crafting their own tracks for all to see and use.

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GRID 2 announced, due in 2013

Codemasters has announced that the sequel to Race Driver: GRID is currently in development for PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360.

GRID 2 is pencilled in for release in 2013 and has been in pre-production for the past two years, with development now in full swing utilizing the latest evolution of the EGO Game Technology Platform.

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Sony Gamescom conference live streaming

Sony’s GamesCom 2012 press conference will be streamed live from Cologne, Germany on August, 14.

The live streaming will come courtesy of Sony via its GamesCom page where you’ll also find details of the schedule. The conference feed begins at 7pm CET, 6pm BST and concludes with a live Q&A session with some illustrious panellists.

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Report: Thief 4 coming to PS4, Xbox 720

Development of Thief 4 has shifted to next-generation platforms, reports the latest issue of OXM.

The publication claims that the game will be released next year, around the same time as Microsoft (and indeed Sony, depending on who you ask) is expected to release its new home console.

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Ripstone teams up with Sony for PS Plus Presents

Publisher Ripstone has confirmed it has entered into a three-game deal with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) for the PlayStation Plus Presents service.

This includes Knytt Underground, Big Sky Infinity and an as-yet unannounced title, all of which will launch under an eight-weeks exclusivity for PlayStation Plus Presents.

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Leaked screengrab shows Crash, Tomba and more in PlayStation All-Stars

Yep, you read that headline right. ANOTHER PlayStation All-Stars leak has surfaced, but on the heels of last night's official website screengrabs that all but confirm Sackboy and Raiden as playable characters, this one may have a bit more credibility.

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Sony admits PS Vita is having problems securing third-party support

Sony has conceded that the company is experiencing difficulties in attracting third-party support for PlayStation Vita.

Speaking during an interview with OPM, Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS), said that Sony “is having a more difficult time than [they] had anticipated in terms of getting support from third-party publishers.”

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Report: Irrational cuts two BioShock Infinite multiplayer modes

Developer Irrational Games has shelved two multiplayer modes for BioShock: Infinite, reports Kotaku.

Apparently, one of the modes would have shrunk players and placed them inside an old arcade machine, before pitting them against waves of toy enemies.

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PlayStation Vita sales are ‘acceptable,’ says Jack Tretton

In an interview with GI.biz, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) CEO Jack Tretton has defended sales of PlayStation Vita following widespread reports of it struggling in the marketplace.

"I think there's an acceptable number - and [the number] we've sold: That's acceptable. If it was triple that, I'd be happier. If it was one-third, I'd be disappointed,” he said.

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