Skyrim was an incredible game, a massive open world that broke new ground and was so good that it has been re-released across multiple console generations. Its success has lead to enormous expectations for a sequel, which Bethesda Softworks has yet to deliver on. Sadly, it looks like it will be 2028 at the earliest before we see The Elder Scrolls 6.
This is because the company has been extremely busy on Starfield, an ambitious space-faring RPG that has taken years to develop. It’s the main focus of the company, and it’s probably going to take all of its resources before The Elder Scrolls 6 can get off the ground.
It’s also worth remembering that the company was acquired by Microsoft in 2021, and it will be a part of the Xbox family from now on. It’s not clear how this will affect the development of the next game, but it’s safe to assume that Microsoft will be keen to make a big splash with the first game to come out under its ownership.
If that’s the case, we can expect it to be an Xbox Series X and PC exclusive for some time, but it might launch on the upcoming generation of consoles too. Microsoft has a history of leveraging its power and influence to secure exclusivity deals with games studios, and we’re expecting them to make The Elder Scrolls 6 their priority.
However, it’s not going to be easy to push back the release of Starfield in order to give a green light to TES 6. Even if they managed it, they would risk repeating the mistakes that they made with Fallout 76 and alienating fans.
In addition, the current consoles from Microsoft and Sony are a long way from being capable of running such a massive game. They’re both aging, and we’re not going to see a major hardware upgrade before 2025. This means that the only way to play a brand-new The Elder Scrolls is on the upcoming generation of consoles.
If that’s the case, we can probably expect a day-one Game Pass offer with the game, but it won’t be available on PS5 in the meantime. That’s a shame, but it’s probably the best way to ensure that a Bethesda game gets as wide an audience as possible. The game is likely to be an incredible achievement, and if it’s an exclusive for the new systems it will be well worth the wait.
Roblox is home to hundreds of awesome user-created games that can provide hours of entertainment. Whether you’re into collecting pets in Pet Simulator X or exploring Antarctica with Expedition Antarctica, there are plenty of great options to choose from. Despite being around for almost 18 years, Roblox remains a strong contender in the gaming scene thanks to its community and huge collabs. Here’s a look at some of the best creations to play right now.
A blocky version of Fortnite, Island Royale is one of the most popular battle royales to date and it’s easy to see why. The cartoonish graphics and building mechanics make it a fun game to play with friends. It also comes with plenty of updates to keep the experience fresh.
It may not be as polished as other modern titles, but the simplicity and addictiveness of Jetpack Jumpers makes it one of the most satisfying Roblox games to play. It’s the kind of game that you can come back to again and again, racking up achievements and climbing new heights as you go.
With its town hopping and job-based gameplay, Welcome to Bloxburg offers players the chance to live in a vibrant city alongside their friends. The game is full of different jobs to take up and the ability to customise your house to fit your personality. There are also a host of different activities to take part in and it’s a great place to spend time with your buddies online.
RooM is the best Roblox game to play if you’re looking for an action-packed adventure. It’s the game that feels most like a DOOM-inspired experience and even features an impressive soundtrack. Although the game faced some copyright issues, it’s still an enjoyable experience.
Jailbreak is another massively popular game that’s a lot of fun to play with your friends. It takes the classic cops vs robbers concept and gives it a whole lot of depth, adding in heist mechanics, a variety of vehicles and even trading as you play. It’s a highly robust game that’s continually updated and it’s the best of its kind on the platform.
While Adopt Me is a more traditional animal simulator, it’s a great option for animal lovers and kids. This is a wildly popular game that’s updated regularly and offers a whole host of cute animals to adopt. The game allows you to build a home for your pets and even roleplay with other pet owners.
Anime Fighters Simulator is the only title on this list that doesn’t let you play as a human hero, but it makes up for this with its fun battle system. The game puts you in charge of a squad of anime heroes and it’s up to you to micromanage their skills in order to dispatch enemies. The environments are inspired by popular anime shows and the gameplay is smooth and fun to play.
More than 130 healthcare institutions and other organizations were impacted by a ransomware attack targeting the file transfer utility GoAnywhere MFT in February 2023. This attack, linked to the Clop ransomware gang by Microsoft, exploited a zero-day vulnerability that had just been added to the Known Exploited Vulnerabilities public catalog.
This is just the latest ransomware attack leveraging flaws in backup software to target critical infrastructure and other important systems. In the past, attacks have targeted backup servers and other critical applications including Pulse SecureVPN, Citrix, and Fortinet.
The FBI and CISA advise critical infrastructure companies not to pay ransoms, because payment does not guarantee that files will be restored and may embolden adversaries to continue attacking other organizations. Instead, they recommend sharing boundary logs showing communication with CLOP group actors, a sample of the ransom note, Bitcoin wallet information, decryptor files, and/or a benign sample of an encrypted file.
In the last year, attackers have been using flaws in backup and other software to gain access to victim networks. The BianLian gang, for example, gained access to critical infrastructure organizations in the US and private entities in Australia by using stolen remote desktop protocol (RDP) credentials acquired through initial access brokers or phishing attacks. Once inside the network, the gang deployed file-encrypting ransomware to target systems.
After encrypting data, the gang has also been seen exfiltrating files from victim networks and using file-sharing services. It has been suggested that the Cuba gang is Russian based on linguistic clues, the exclusion of computers that use a Russian keyboard layout from infections, Russian 404 pages in parts of its infrastructure and the targeted targeting of Western entities.
Threatpost recently published an article on how the Clop gang is exploiting flaws in backup and other software to target critical infrastructure and other important systems. The article noted that the gang has been exploiting flaws in Veeam Backup and Replication to infiltrate victim networks, and also leveraging a host-based exploit tool called XCodec, which targets a variety of popular software applications including Adobe products.
This is the second time in 2023 that a flaw in backup and recovery software has been used to launch ransomware attacks. The first was the Dish breach, where attackers accessed the network and attacked VMware ESXi servers and backups using a vulnerability in Veritas NetBackup.
The 2023 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index found that the share of cyber incidents involving ransomware has declined by 4 percent, likely because defenders are getting better at detecting and blocking these attacks. However, the overall number of attacks has remained constant over that same period, meaning that threat actors are still succeeding in hitting organizations and stealing their valuable data. In order to mitigate these risks, enterprises should assess their security posture against the top 5 cybersecurity threats of 2023. They should also consider implementing backup best practices that can help protect against these attacks. In addition, they should explore the many alternatives to Windows for critical infrastructure and consider a more resilient platform that supports multiple operating systems.
Apple is expected to introduce its first M3 Mac processors this year. The chips are said to be a grown-up version of the M1 chip that currently powers the iPhone, and the company believes they will offer significant performance improvements. This is because they are built on a 3nm process, which will allow them to have more cores than the current chip. The M3 chips are expected to have as many as four cores, which would be a significant improvement over the two that the current chip has. This is due to the fact that more cores mean faster processing of tasks. The company is also expecting the M3 processors to offer a 50% boost in Photoshop performance, which is something that will be a big selling point for many people.
According to Mark Gurman, who writes the Power On newsletter for Bloomberg, Apple is testing a new Mac mini with an M3 processor. Gurman says that the device is undergoing testing on its campus, and it’s rumored to have eight CPU cores (made up of four efficiency cores and four performance cores), 10 GPU cores, and 24GB of system memory. Gurman claims the pint-sized computer is internally codenamed Mac 15,12, and he thinks it’s a replacement for the current generation of Mac mini.
He believes that the new Mac mini will be joined by a number of other laptops, including updated 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Airs as well as 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. He also expects that a new M3-powered iMac will be released, replacing the current generation of 24-inch models. Gurman doesn’t expect the refreshed Mac Studio and Mac Pro to get M3 processors, which makes sense because those computers only received M2 upgrades this year.
It’s not clear when Apple will release the Mac mini that has an M3 chip, but it’s possible that it could make an appearance at a spring event or WWDC 2024. It will likely take around 15 months to see an M3-powered MacBook Pro, but Gurman predicts that Apple will only have the Pro and Max iterations of the chip at launch.
Obviously, the Mac mini won’t be the only Mac that will use the new processors, but it will probably be the first one to get them. It’s also unlikely that Apple will add M3 processors to the Mac Pro and Mac Studio because those machines are more integrated. However, if the Pro and Max versions of those Macs do come out with the M3 chip, it will no doubt be an exciting day for Mac users.