Morning News Wrap (7 Jan 2013)

Breakfast Wrap 02The first weekend of 2013 has come and gone.  We hope you enjoyed it, as it will never happen again.  Woah.  Scary thought right?  A few little bits of news made their appearance over the same weekend.  You want to catch up and be the informed person at work this morning?  Then take a look below.

Another Android-based micro-console has taken to crowd-funding site Kickstarter.  Going by the name of GameStick, the console reached its $100,000 target in one day and the PlayJam developed device has – at the time of typing this – flown passed $225,000.  More at CVG.

In related Kickstarter news, Amercian McGee’s Red Riding Hood-inspired PC and Mac action game, Akaneiro: Demon Hunters has also hit the funding site.

Crysis 4 is likely to visit other genres rather than its first person shooter standard.  According to Crytek producer Michael Elliot Read in an interview with Dusty Cartridge: “… I think the Crysis franchise itself has life left in it. Whether it’s in a different game type format, whether it’s expanding upon this, it’s hard to say. That’s going to be up to the designers at the end of the day.”

According to Variety, Sony is expected to announce a multichannel TV service at CES 2013 next week. The service is expected to rival cable with Sony in active negotiations with “at least two major content companies” about licensing their channels for a package which is likely to roll out in the US later this year.

According to MCV, year-on-year sales of video game consoles in the UK dropped by a third in 2012.  Home consoles dropped 34.1 per cent, with the Xbox 360 remaining the leading platform, while handheld sales dropped 31.3 per cent.

Some new GTA V wallpapers have been released, and you can grab them right here.  It is however unlikely that the new wallpapers are a direct cause of two investment companies increasing their share in Take-Two.  This is more likely due to the fact that the game is coming sometime in the next few months and is likely to see any investment returned with more than a little interest.

Two slightly demonic style news pieces to end with… Demon’s Souls has been dated for digital release.  The US PSN will get the game on 8 January, while the EU PSN waits a while and can grab the game on 23 January.   No price has been revealed for the EU release, but the US cost is $19.99 according to Joystiq.

A new DmC: Devil May Cry CGI trailer has been released by Ninja Theory.