Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a new strain of Windows malware that is capable of stealing sensitive data from any connected device, including mobile phones, and is apparently being used by groups linked to the North Korean government.
ESET experts came across a previously unknown information stealer called Dolphin. Apparently, Dolphin is being used by a group of cybercriminals known as APT 37 or Erebus, which has known ties to the North Korean government. Researchers say the group has been operating for about a decade.
The dolphin was first spotted in April 2021, but has since evolved into quite the beast. It is now capable of stealing information from web browsers (stored passwords, credit card details, etc.), taking screenshots of infected endpoints, and recording all keystrokes.
I send everything to Google Drive
The malware receives commands from the Google Drive instance and sends all collected information there as well.
In addition to all this, Dolphin also collects information such as computer name, local and external IP addresses, security solutions installed on the endpoint, hardware specifications, and operating system version.
What’s more, it scans all local and removable drives for sensitive data (documents, emails, photos and videos, etc.), as well as smartphones. ESET claims this has been made possible by the Windows Portable Device API.
So far, four different versions of this malware have been detected in the wild, with the most recent version 3.0 released in January 2022.
North Korea is relatively active in the cybercrime scene, with several major state-sponsored groups wreaking havoc in the digital world. Perhaps the most infamous example is the Lazarus Group, which managed to steal around $600 million from cryptocurrency firm Ronin Bridge. Intelligence reports suggest that the North Korean government is using cybercriminals to fund its operations.
UPDATE: After further investigation, Check Point says it cannot prove that the numbers are from WhatsApp or that this is a recent hack.
in updated blog post (opens in a new tab)the company said it was “claimed” that there was evidence that the leaked database was actually a reuse of an older 2019 Facebook leak.
A post on a “well-known hacking community forum” claims that nearly half a billion WhatsApp records have been compromised and are up for sale.
The post, which has been confirmed by multiple sources to be genuine, claims to be selling an up-to-date 2022 database of 487 million WhatsApp mobile numbers that includes data from 84 countries.
This means that nearly a quarter of all WhatsApp’s estimated two billion monthly active users could be at risk.
WhatsApp data breach
More than 32 million of the leaked records are said to come from US users, with 11 million from UK users. Other affected nations include Egypt (45 million), Italy (35 million), Saudi Arabia (29 million), France (20 million), Turkey (20 million) and Russia (10 million).
It appears that country-by-country data is up for grabs, with a US dataset costing $7,000 and UK figures for a similar amount per capita of $2,500.
Most worryingly, this does not seem like an empty promise to threaten the Meta-owned company, with nearly 2,000 numbers shared cybernews in the sample request verified as WhatsApp users.
Leaked phone numbers can be used for many reasons, including marketing and phishing, highlighting the importance of a good identity theft protection tool.
This isn’t the first time WhatsApp has made headlines over data security, and while it may not be alone, its history has been plagued with security holes and scams.
TechRadar Pro contacted Meta to verify the authenticity of this seller’s claims and to obtain further comments, which will be posted here if and when we receive them.
According to reports, a vulnerability in the code that allowed criminals to steal cars online has been fixed and owners have been urged to update their systems immediately.
The vulnerability was found in Connected Vehicle Services, a software package that offers a slew of features such as automatic accident notifications, enhanced roadside assistance, remote door unlock, remote start, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, turn-by-turn navigation and smart home device integration.
Connected Vehicle Services is created by SiriusXM and is used by many automakers including Honda, Nissan, Infiniti and Acura, all of which have been vulnerable.
VIN for authorization
The vulnerability was published by Yuga Labs security researcher Sam Curry, who has experience finding vulnerabilities in cars. In Twitter thread (opens in a new tab)Curry explained how the glitch works and added that SiriusXM has already fixed it.
Apparently the problem stemmed from the fact that the telematics platform uses the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), which is often found on the windshield, to authorize commands and retrieve user profiles.
This means that anyone with the VIN number can remotely issue a range of commands, from opening a door to starting the engine.
In response to the findings in Registera company spokesperson said SiriusXM had been alerted via a bounty hunting program
“We take the security of our customers’ accounts seriously and participate in a bug bounty program to help identify and fix potential vulnerabilities affecting our platforms,” the statement reads.
“As part of this work, a security researcher submitted a report to Sirius XM’s Connected Vehicle Services about an authorization failure affecting a specific telematics program. The issue was resolved within 24 hours of submitting the request. At no time has any subscriber or other data been compromised, nor has any unauthorized account been modified using this method.”
Fable 4 is officially in development, though it’s called Fable for now. It was revealed in 2020 along with a short but admittedly exciting trailer. It was more of a sound track than anything close to a full teaser reveal, showing a fairy flying around before being eaten by a toad.
Fable will mark “a new beginning for the legendary franchise” when it releases, and developer Playground Games (the studio behind Forza Horizon) is looking to put its own mark on the beloved series. It’s likely to be very different from what we’ve seen in the series in the past, with modern graphics and a rumored open-world structure.
It’s clear that whatever Fable 4 is at this point is likely to benefit greatly from the expertise of the Playground games team. The team is a world leader in environmental design, and the weather effects in games like Forza Horizon 5 are sometimes breathtaking.
Fans are certainly eager to see what the developer has in store for the fantasy RPG as it’s been 12 years since the main Fable game was last released. Here’s everything we know so far.
Story 4: get to the point
What is this? The fourth installment of the main Fable series
When can I play it? There’s no release date yet, but don’t expect it soon
What can I play it on? TBC, butit’s an Xbox exclusive
Fable 4 release date and platforms
No release date or release window for Fable 4 has yet been set. The earliest you can expect it is late 2023, although 2024 is more likely.
At least Phil Spencer suggested during IGN podcast (opens in a new tab) that we’ll get it before The Elder Scrolls 6, although that game also doesn’t have a release date yet and isn’t expected to land until some time after Starfield’s release (which has since been delayed to 2023). This is confirmed by the June 2022 Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, focusing on games that will launch “in the next twelve months”, and Fable was not present.
However, we do know the platforms we can expect Fable 4 to land on. As an Xbox exclusive, Fable 4 will launch on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC, where it will be available on Xbox Game Pass from day one. It is not known if it will appear on Xbox One consoles, but we do not lose hope because Microsoft has not confirmed anything.
Fable 4 trailer
World Premiere Trailer At the moment, only one Fable trailer has been released: the trailer announcing the worldwide release.
The trailer doesn’t reveal much, but it does suggest that the game could be set well before the later installments of the series, as we don’t get as much of a Victorian industrial revolution feel as we have in Fable 3’s setting. Instead, it seems like Fable 4 will have medieval fantasy setting, perhaps more similar to the original game, with a trailer showing a sword, fairies, overgrown toadstools and greedy toads.
Check it out below:
Fable 4 news and rumors
The head of Xbox explains the lack of news Fable 4 is still in the works, but after the game didn’t show up at the Xbox showcase at both Summer Game Fest and Gamescom 2022, fans have been wondering when they’ll hear more.
The head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, admitted to the lack of news during an interview at PAX West 2022 (opens in a new tab) but clarified that the game would only be shown if developer Playground Games was ready to show it.
“Every time I see something I say ‘We should show this’ … because there’s a lot of cool stuff out there,” said Booty. “The team made it clear to me that I wouldn’t be able to show anything until it was ready.”
Booty then expressed his support for Playground Games, saying that choosing a studio mostly known for Forza Horizon to work on Fable 4 may seem “a bit of a headache”, they “understand” and he is “excited when the time comes to be able to show more.
In development for at least 4 years Production on Fable 4 is taking longer than expected. In a November 2021 tweet, developer Playground Games, who is working on the game, celebrated “four years of working on Fable.”
This means the game has been in development for at least four years, and likely launched just a year after series developer Lionhead Studios shut down. While we don’t know much about Fable at the moment, the idea that it’s been in development for many years gives us hope that we’ll be able to learn more in the near future.
4 years of working on Fable at @WeArePlayground. So excited about this game. pic.twitter.com/KO099HnYSdNovember 5, 2021
Fable 4’s combat may resemble The Witcher A developer from CD Projekt RED (The Witcher series, Cyberpunk 2077) will be working on the game’s combat system. As reported by computer gamesN (opens in a new tab)gameplay designer Paweł Kapała leads combat at Fable developer Playground Games, and his LinkedIn page confirms that the role includes “designing and implementing combat in Fable.”
In our opinion, the sword and spell combat in The Witcher 3, one of the best-selling video games of all time, would be the perfect template for Fable, especially considering how similar some of the game’s spells are.
Trust Playground Games, says Phil Spencer Fable 4 is being developed by Playground Games, the studio perhaps best known for its work on the Forza Horizon series, but Phil Spencer wants fans to have confidence in the studio. Speaking on the Dropped Frames podcast in June 2021 (via VGC (opens in a new tab)), Spencer said:
“The only thing I can really say about Fable is to see the pedigree of the team and Playground and where they set the bar in making the game – I think it showed in the Forza Horizon 5 preview they had – I think people should just trust it [studio director] Gavin [Raeburn] and the team there is just as focused on doing something amazing with IP, which we know is really important to a lot of Xbox fans, so we can’t wait to show more, but the team is just amazing.
Forza Horizon 5’s weather system bodes well for Fable 4 Forza Horizon 5 has the most dynamic and impressive weather system in the series to date, and with developer Playground Games also working on Fable 4, we’re very excited to see how this technology could translate to Albion’s open world. We believe that by bringing these dynamic weather systems to the new Fable, Playground Games has an opportunity to give the new Fable its own stamp, which neither previous developer Lionhead nor many other RPG developers have been able to do before. The idea of Albion having each region have its own seasonal weather is exciting – it could better reflect the passage of time and genuinely enhance the immersion and uniqueness of every part of the game map.
It could be years As far as we know, Fable 4 is still in early development and it may be a while before we get a chance to play it. In fact, talking about VGC Off the Record podcast (opens in a new tab) in April 2021, industry reporter and head of GamesIndustry.biz Chris Dring said that (at the time) the game, along with other announced Xbox exclusives, could take many years to release.
Based on conversations he had with Xbox Game Studios staff, Dring said: “These games they announced – Everwild, Perfect Dark, Fable – are so far away. As is the case, there may even be a new Xbox (mid-tier upgrade) by the time these games come out.
They’re so far away, and it’s no surprise that Xbox is looking to invest and sign some products at the moment, as they don’t have a big exclusive offering at all.
Fable is to use the ForzaTech engine According to the previous job advertisement (opens in a new tab), which was intended for a software engineer at Turn10 Studios, Fable will be built using the ForzaTech engine that powers Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon. The letter states that the team is looking for a candidate who can enhance “the Fable open world action RPG toolkit” as well as add new features such as “ray tracing to support the next generation of console.”
Head writer confirmed Anna Megill, senior writer and narrator at Remedy Entertainment during the development of Control, joins Playground Games as lead writer for Fable.
Megill announced on Twitter (opens in a new tab) in December 2020, he is leaving his current role at Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment to join Playground Games.
The team behind the game Shortly after the reveal of Fable itself, which gave us an insight into the impressive team that is working on the game VGC (opens in a new tab). Now we know that a number of experienced game designers are working on the reboot of Fable, including the lead quest designer for the Borderlands series, the level designer for GTA V and GTA Online, and a whole host of writers who worked on Batman: Arkham Knight.
There were rumors that Fable would go the MMO route, but the experience of those working on the project certainly suggests it will take a more open-ended RPG approach, perhaps with an online multiplayer component. That said, we can’t really make sure until Playground Games and Microsoft reveal more official details.
This wild pre-announcement rumor Even before Fable 4 was announced to the world, there was a video leak in 2019 that claimed to give insights into the game’s settings and history. The video has disappeared from the internet, but the Reddit thread with what it described remains, and some of the details sound pretty crazy. We say “Albion and Aurora destroyed by asteroid, new continent with time and interplanetary travel” wild.
While that sounds pretty good, it would create an opportunity to reset the Fable series, making it easier for the series to return to its medieval fantasy roots with some extremely different elements to keep it feeling fresh. In the game reveal trailer, while it was brief, we didn’t have any obvious sense that the new game would be any more time-advanced than Fable 3’s industrial revolution setting.
Of course, this is a leak from an unverified source, so until Playground Games or Microsoft start divulging solid details about Fable 4, we’d say we’re taking it with a big grain of salt. You can read the full leak in the tweet below.
Rumor: First details of Fable IV leaked (including story details) pic.twitter.com/V6W74TDLV9June 4, 2019
Fable 4 is probably an open world game In January 2018, Eurogamer He said that according to sources close to the project, a completely new, high-budget Fable game is in the works. Now we know that’s true.
This news comes less than two years after Lionhead Studios shut down, and the report correctly stated that Playground Games, best known for their work on the Forza Horizon series, will be the series’ new developers.
Eurogamer sources reported that a team of over 200 people would be working on Fable from the team’s new offices in Leamington Spa, although work on the game was still in its very early stages.
What kind of Fable can Playground work on? Well, the report says the game is going to be an open-world action RPG with an emphasis on character and story. That certainly lines up with everything we’ve seen in the leaked trailer, with the final shot showing a large world that looks ready to be explored.
It would also make sense for Playground to bring its Forza Horizon open-world expertise to a game like this. Either way, we can’t wait to see what he comes up with. Fable has been dormant for too long.
Microsoft is reportedly working on its own tool that helps maintain your PC by recommending certain settings and removing unused files and apps to help save space for a future Windows 11 upgrade.
According Windows latest (opens in a new tab)is available in the Microsoft Store as a public beta, but the company seems to have hidden its availability for the time being.
Regardless, we managed to get hold of the PC Manager version and try it out for ourselves. While a third of its features refused to work, we were able to stop apps from running, while the “Boost” feature was able to remove a few temporary files, showing how much space was freed up. Such a cleaning task is usually handled by third-party products such as CCleaner.
Microsoft Defender can expect a big update
Microsoft’s app already works fine whether it crashes (it’s clearly unfinished), but it’s fast and could ultimately be a great feature for Windows 11.
Microsoft is said to have decided to expand its Defender suite to compete with McAfee and Norton back in the days of Windows XP. Going to the “About” page shows Microsoft Defender, so it could come as a new version of the company’s antivirus suite in 2023.
So far, PC Manager is a promising start from Microsoft, which could mean the company is looking to double down on helping you better manage your PC and remove files that are safe to delete without having to delve into system folders.
AMD Ryzen 7000 processors have come under fire for the design of their Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS) and how it doesn’t help thermals – but apparently there is a way around this that will ensure the chips run a bit cooler. However, it is Definitely it’s not something we’d recommend the average user try (not that they’re equipped anyway).
Why? Well, because it involves taking a shiny new Zen 4 CPU and putting it through a grinding tool. Yes, the solution to the thick IHS for this generation of Ryzens – we’ll discuss why it’s stronger later – is to simply make it thinner by grinding.
Of course, this isn’t something the average PC owner would want to do, but more hardcore gamers might want to consider exploring the possibility – and some have already done so with JayzTwoCents with overclocking expert Der8auer’s grinding tool – as noted on Twitter by Andreas Schilling (via Tom’s gear (opens in a new tab)).
With a little help from @der8auer and his Ryzen 7000 grinding tool, @JayzTwoCents has just shown that you can lower the temperature of the Ryzen 9 7950X by up to 10°C by grinding the heat spreader down by 0.8mm. Roman is cautious about temperatures up to 6°C. pic.twitter.com/TElwxis6Q0October 20, 2022
The result of reducing the IHS of the Ryzen 9 7950X processor by 0.8 mm turned out to be a reduction in temperatures from 94-95 ° C to 85-88 ° C, quite a significant drop (these were temperatures operating at 5.1 GHz in all processor cores).
Analysis: the lesser evil? Well, not quite
This is essentially an alternative to another risky procedure known as “delidding”, where the CPU actually removes the IHS, which can result in even greater temperature drops. (Der8auer demonstrated a massive 20°C reduction when disassembling the 7900X earlier, although a special liquid thermal grease was used, which is a custom overclocker’s concoction.)
Grinding the IHS is a slightly less risky path – and less hassle since there’s a lot of extra work fitting a cooling solution to a damaged (very different sized) chip – but admit it, you void your warranty in either case. And if you really don’t know what you’re doing, you risk destroying the CPU, as you can imagine when it comes to drastic actions like taking it apart or grinding bits. So we really wouldn’t recommend it to anyone other than expert enthusiasts (who can afford the cost if something goes wrong).
The whole background to this is that AMD has used a thicker design for IHS with Zen 4 chips on the AM5 platform (with a new CPU socket). This is to maintain compatibility with the new Ryzen 7000 CPUs in terms of existing coolers (AM4 platform) – so people don’t have to buy a new cooling solution – as the new socket is flatter which means the chip is a bit lower (so thicker IHS compensates for this difference. But this thickness of 1mm more than usual is a bit counterproductive for good thermals.
AMD believes the Ryzen 9 7950X can run at temperatures like 95°C, but some enthusiasts claim otherwise, hence the controversy. And hence the 0.8mm shave to bring the IHS back to its pre-Ryzen 7000 size, having the CPU running at close to 85C, a level that owners are more satisfied with.
By the way, don’t forget that IHS is supposed to provide CPU protection, and delidding is an added risk when it comes to leaving the die exposed – while grinding still leaves a protective cover on the chip as they were.
If you’re concerned about your Zen 4 temperatures – which of course can vary from case to case anyway – instead of going that route, a much better and more feasible idea is to look at alternative solutions, such as using the Eco Mode settings (in the AMD Ryzen Master software ) to stop this heat. (Or maybe undervolting is another option).
The cybersecurity industry is facing a crisis as the workplace skills gap has grown significantly over the last 12 months, new research shows.
In 2021, the world lacked the 2.72 million cybersecurity professionals needed to secure its cybersecurity assets – but that number has now risen to 3.4 million this year.
The (ISC)2 2022 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, based on a survey of nearly 12,000 cybersecurity professionals, says the cybersecurity workforce gap has grown by more than a quarter (26.2%) year-on-year as demand constantly growing.
Industry growth pandemic
The Director General of (ISC)2 Clar Rosso stated that part of the problem is that cybersecurity is already going through the downturn/pause in employment that took place in 2020 and 2021: the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“While we have seen the gap narrow at the height of the pandemic, most countries are well advanced in post-pandemic recovery and are continuing to digitally transform various back office and public functions,” he said.
“As a result, employment and workforce expansion has rebounded in many post-pandemic sectors, including cybersecurity (opens in a new tab)providing both an increase in the active workforce and an increase in unmet demand for cybersecurity practitioners.”
“It is also encouraging as the vulnerability demonstrates increased awareness by organizations of the value of cybersecurity in their operations.”
The report also shows that nearly three-quarters (72%) of organizations expect their team to grow slightly or significantly over the next year. This is in line with the general trend of employment growth (11%).
“The fact that the workforce has grown by 11%, around 464,000, is cause for celebration. Adding nearly half a million people to the active workforce is a significant investment in cybersecurity and defense,” continued Rosso.
While the lack of a skilled workforce is the main cause of the workforce gap (43%), it is not the only problem. (ISC)2 also listed companies that struggle to keep up with turnover, low wages, lack of budget, lack of advancement opportunities, insufficient training, burnout, work culture and working conditions – including remote working – all play a role.
Just days after Netflix proved its tenacity in the face of recent subscriber woes, the streaming service is leading this week’s roundup of new movies and TV shows with three different types.
Joining the new fantasy adventure The School for Good and Evil is From Scratch starring Joel Edgerton The Stranger and Zoe Saldaña, all three are now available on Netflix.
Don’t have Netflix? Do not be afraid. Many new projects have been added to Prime Video, HBO Max, Apple TV Plus and Paramount Plus. We’ve rounded up seven of the biggest new movies and TV shows to watch on streaming services this weekend below, so jump right in.
Good and Evil School (Netflix)
Netflix continues its monthly commitment to releasing movies with stars new Netflix movies from The School for Good and Evil, which came out on Wednesday.
Based on Soman Chainani’s bestselling book series, this fantasy adventure film directed by Soman Chainani stars Sophia Anne Caruso and Sofia Wylie as two best friends who, after being dragged into a Hogwarts-like school for young heroes and villains, find themselves entangled in in the fight between good and evil. Famous actors also star, including Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Yeoh and Laurence Fishburne.
We say “Hogwarts style”, but reviewers have criticized The School of Good and Evil for being a shameless rip-off of the Harry Potter series – something we also noted in our review. Still, the film seems easy to watch for those looking for a fantasy drama that isn’t set in Westeros or Middle-earth.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Periphery (Best Video)
Westworld showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan return to the small screen with another Prime Video conceptual sci-fi series this weekend.
Based on William Gibson’s acclaimed novel of the same name, The Peripheral, starring Chloë Grace Moretz as Flynne Fisher, a woman who volunteers to test a visionary new VR headset that transports the user into a fascinating new reality. Not surprisingly, however, the simulation isn’t the thrilling no-strings ride it seems, and Flynne is quickly drawn into a dangerous conspiracy that could change the world.
In our review of The Peripheral, we praised the stylish world-building and charismatic performances, but criticized the complex narrative (this is a Joy-Nolan production, after all) and the pacing of the plot. The first two episodes of the series are now available to stream on Prime Video, with the remaining six episodes arriving weekly every Friday.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.
Raymond and Ray (Apple TV Plus)
Guiding Lights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Moon Knight replace Disney Plus for this Apple TV Plus movie with Raymond and Ray.
In this Rodrigo Garcia-directed feature, Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke star as estranged half-brothers who reunite after their father’s death to confront what they’ve become as men.
If that synopsis sounds a bit dry, it’s because – at least according to the critics – Raymond and Ray is a little dry. McGregor and Hawke are “wasted [this] modest comedy-drama,” he says Guardian (opens in a new tab)suggesting the film may be a rare failure for Apple among recent critical successes.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
The Stranger (Netflix)
Wait, hasn’t Netflix already released a psychological thriller called The Stranger? Yes, yes (January 2020 to be specific) – but that hasn’t stopped the streamer from dropping another in 2022.
Unrelated to its namesake, this year’s The Stranger is a Netflix movie, not a series, starring Joel Edgerton as Mark, an undercover cop who forms an intense and problematic relationship with a criminal (Sean Harris) who is accused of coercing confessions from .
This Australian film alongside Donnie Brasco garnered rave reviews after its debut at the Melbourne Film Festival in August, so we recommend checking it out if you’re a fan of subtle, twisty crime thrillers.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Inside Amy Schumer season 5 (Paramount Plus)
Inside Amy Schumer season 5 arrives on Paramount Plus this weekend, some six and a half years after the series last aired on Comedy Central.
The Paramount Plus comedy series features five independent specials, each airing weekly, with new guests including Bridget Everett, Chris Parnell, Amber Tamblyn, Michael Ian Black, Jon Glaser, Tim Meadows, Olivia Munn, Ellie Kemper and Cara Delevinge.
If you’re looking to return to Schumer’s unique brand of situation comedies after a long hiatus from the show, the first two episodes of Season 5 of Inside Amy Schumer are now available to stream on Paramount Plus.
Now available to stream on Paramount Plus.
From the Ground Up (Netflix)
This week’s Netflix-exclusive streaming recommendation is Starting From Zero.
In this eight-episode series, Guardians of the Galaxy alum Zoe Saldana plays Amahle “Amy” Wheeler, an American college student who falls in love with a dreamy Sicilian chef (Eugenio Mastrandrea) while studying abroad.
Sure, it all sounds suitably cheesy, but From Scratch is actually based on Tembi Locke’s memoir of the same name – suggesting it may have more content than romcom traps suggest. Romantics, this one is for you.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Fastest Woman on Earth (HBO Max)
This week’s selection of documentaries is about pushing your limits. Filmed over seven years, The Fastest Woman on Earth chronicles the extraordinary life of sports legend and beloved TV personality Jessi Combs, who died in 2019 while attempting to break the land speed record in a jet-powered car.
A fascinating insight into the personal and professional lives of “the fastest woman on four wheels,” as Combs was affectionately known, this HBO-produced documentary is something not to be missed for those in the mood for a bit of inspiration.
Marvel’s Wolverine is the next superhero to be treated by Insomniac Games, and it sounds very promising.
Brought to us by the studio behind the critically acclaimed Marvel’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Marvel’s Wolverine is set to have a more “mature” tone than the Spider-Man games. This is not surprising considering it features grizzly mutant adamantium claw James “Logan” Howlett, who is not known for his soft-spoken approach.
However, like the Spider-Man games, Insomniac said in PlayStation Blog that she wants to “respect the DNA of what makes the character so popular.” This is while looking for “opportunities to give it a fresh and truly reflective Insomniac spirit.”
Marvel’s Wolverine was confirmed to be in “very early development” when it was revealed in late 2021, so details are pretty sparse at the moment. We’re still awaiting confirmation of the release window, but we hope Sony will provide more details on this PS5 exclusive in the near future.
In the meantime, we speculate what Insomniac might do with Logan’s character, and we’ve rounded up all the latest news and rumors about the game. Read on to find out everything we know so far about Marvel’s Wolverine and what we want to see.
Marvel’s Wolverine: get to the point
What is this? Wolverine game from the creators of Marvel’s Spider-Man
When can I play it? to be confirmed
What can I play it on? PS5
Marvel’s Wolverine release date and platforms
Marvel’s Wolverine currently has no release date, and unfortunately, it’s likely to be a while before we get a hold of it. Insomniac Games has stated that the game is in “very early development” when it was announced in late 2021, so we wouldn’t expect to see it until at least late 2023 – especially considering Insomniac Games is currently working on Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, which is expected to be released in 2023.
Interestingly, Microsoft claims that Sony will release Marvel’s Wolverine in 2023. In a document responding to the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to further investigate the company’s proposed acquisition of Activision (via Tech4Gamers (opens in a new tab)), Microsoft argues why the acquisition should take place. In doing so, it outlines Sony’s 2023 release plans, stating, “PlayStation also has a range of first- and third-party exclusive titles set to launch in 2023, including Spider-Man 2, Wolverine, Horizon, Final Fantasy XVI and Forgotten.”
All of these games have been confirmed to be released in 2023, with the exception of Wolverine. it’s unclear if this is speculation on Microsoft’s part or if the company knows something we don’t, but it could suggest that Marvel’s Wolverine will be released sooner than expected.
Marvel’s Wolverine is set to be a PS5 exclusive, just like Spider-Man, so it won’t be available on Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S. This shouldn’t be too surprising considering how Sony acquired Insomniac Games in 2019. It also skips the previous consoles generation, so PS4 owners are also out of luck.
However, there is a good chance it will come to PC. We’re witnessing Sony’s carefully considered PC strategy, and in June 2022 it was recommended that both Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales be released on PC. As such, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Marvel’s Wolverine eventually joined them.
Marvel’s Wolverine Trailer
PlayStation 2021 presentation Marvel’s Wolverine was announced at Sony’s PlayStation Showcase in September 2021, with a brief trailer giving us our first look at Insomniac’s take on Logan.
The trailer shows a dilapidated bar with injured men lying on the floor, then cuts to a rear view of a man in a cowboy hat and plaid shirt drinking at the bar – his ankles and surroundings covered in blood. In the background, we see one of the wounded get up and pull out a knife. Sensing an attacker, the man at the bar, the man at the bar clenches his fists, as a result of which long metal claws emerge from them. Yes, it’s Wolverine.
The trailer may not give us a glimpse of the gameplay or Logan himself, but it sets the tone for Marvel’s Wolverine – which at first glance feels like a bloodier, more mature alternative to Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man. You can check out the trailer below:
Marvel’s Wolverine news and rumors
Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in Deadpool 3 After retiring from 2017’s Logan, Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in Deadpool 3, scheduled for release in 2024. Twitter, left fans wondering if he would be returning in Marvel’s Wolverine as well. While this remains unconfirmed, you can watch this announcement video below.
It’s hard for me to keep my mouth shut about this. ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/OdV7JmAkEuSeptember 27, 2022
Easter Eggs in the trailer The Wolverine announcement trailer appears to feature several easter eggs that may hint at the game’s story and setting.
First off, the setting of the trailer seems to throw up a big clue as to when and where Marvel’s Wolverine takes place. Logan drinks at the Princess bar located in Madripoor (which you may associate with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), as seen on the bar sign and Madipoor tourist poster.
In Marvel Comics Presents Volume 1 #1 (1988), Wolverine visits the Princess Bar while hunting a crime lord named Roche. After the bar’s floor is mopped by Roche’s enforcers—who are trying to get protection money from the bar’s owner, O’Donnell—Wolverine becomes a regular at the bar under the name “Patch”, and even co-owns it for a time. The bar was essentially Logan’s home away from home during the period when the X-Men were inactive. Is Insomniac Games hinting that this is the time period for Marvel’s Wolverine? Will we see Logan fighting the criminal underworld?
Another possible Easter Egg is a Radio Lowtown 104.8 poster. Lowtown is a neighborhood in Madipoor, so Madipoor as a place seems quite likely. But 104.8 seems to refer to Marvel Earth-1048, the Marvel Spider-Man universe. This seems to imply that the Insomniac Spider-Man and Wolverine games take place in the same universe, meaning we may have seen the Marvel gaming universe unfold.
But the radio station isn’t the only number that seems to relate to a particular comic book. The license plate on the bar reads “HLK 181”, which seems to refer to The Incredible Hulk #18 – which Wolverine appears in. Does this mean we can see the Hulk in Marvel’s Wolverine? Again, we hope so.
“Full-sized” game with a “mature tone” According to Marvel’s Wolverine creative director Brian Horton, James “Logan” Howlett’s PS5 standalone adventure will be a full-blown game with a “mature tone”. Horton confirmed this in response to a fan Twitter (opens in a new tab) asking if Wolverine on PS5 will be a “big morale mile sized game”.
Being directed by the creative leaders of Spider-Man: Miles Morales In PlayStation blog post (opens in a new tab)Insomniac Games has revealed that Marvel’s Wolverine is being directed by Brian Horton (creative director) and Cameron Christian (game director), who led the creative work on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
With respect for DNA, with a fresh approach Insomniac Games said that while it intends to honor the “DNA” of what makes Wolverine popular, it will give its own fresh feel to Weapon X.
“In the spirit of our Spider-Man games, our goal is not only to respect the DNA of what makes the character so popular, but also to look for opportunities to give it a fresh and truly reflective Insomniac spirit,” Insomniac Games wrote in a post on PlayStation blog. According to the developer, even though Marvel’s Wolverine is in early development, it boasts “an emotional narrative and cutting-edge gameplay.”
Marvel’s Wolverine: what we want to see
Embracing the dark side of Wolverine While Marvel’s Spider-Man and Miles Morales are critically acclaimed, there’s no denying that they’re quite family-friendly at times. After all, Spider-Man himself is your “friendly neighborhood Spidey.” But Wolverine is not all sunshine and rainbows, his story and character are quite dark.
Hopefully, Insomniac explores this side of Logan in Wolverine, offering a more mature experience than Spider-Man. We’re not asking for gratuitous violence, but to really delve into Wolverine’s story (depending on when this game is set) you can’t avoid the dark moments. Also, you can’t cut enemies without a bit of bloodshed.
Appearance of other Marvel heroes… We don’t want them to be the focus of the spotlight, but it would be nice to see how Insomniac approaches the other Marvel heroes appearing in Wolverine as side characters. Which characters will really depend on the story Insomniac wants to tell and on which Marvel universe it largely bases its narrative. But we’re hoping to see some of the X-Men make cameo appearances, including Jean Grey, Professor X, and maybe even Rogue.
…and infamous villains We currently don’t know who the main adversary in Marvel’s Wolverine will be, but there are plenty of infamous villains to choose from – and we imagine some may be in minor roles. We’re hoping to see Logan battling Sabertooth, Lady Deathstrike, and even Silver Samurai. Or maybe we’ll just see him fighting to overthrow the Weapon X program where he was subjected to painful experiments.
The Marvel Games Universe He’s working with Insomniac Games now other Marvel on PS5, we hope to see the Marvel Games Universe in the future.
We think it can work quite well. As with the MCU, Insomniac has created standalone products that allow us to get to know the individual superheroes in their universe. If we continue to see more Marvel heroes getting their own games, will we potentially see crossovers in the future? We hope so, because Crystal Dynamic’s Marvel’s Avengers certainly leaves a lot to be desired.
New Microsoft science (opens in a new tab) found that most employees were “stuck in pre-pandemic office spaces”, making it almost impossible for them to collaborate properly.
A company study found that 83% of UK workers were working in the same environment as before the pandemic, with employers resisting the change despite adopting some hybrid working arrangements.
According to participants, the results point to some of the key benefits of going to the office, which include being able to socialize with coworkers and strengthen relationships, yet nearly three-quarters say they simply “write emails” when they go to the office. Workplace.
Collaborating offices for 2022 and beyond
Alan Slothower, head of the Microsoft Surface Business Group in the UK, says “employees clearly need more of an incentive to return to the office than an employer mandate.” It asks companies: “Are our offices suitable for today’s workforce and will they really want to come back to us?”
Some of the factors holding employees back from returning to the office are the ability to achieve less than when working remotely, the cost and length of commuting, and the ability to spend less time with loved ones who may also be working from home.
In contrast, some of the factors that make a formal office more attractive include good internet connectivity, flexible working hours, good transport links and good temperature controlled air conditioning, which could become more important as the UK heads into a winter of uncertainty over energy prices and potential power outages.
In addition, the concept of “office” has changed in recent years, with 81% of employees surveyed seeing their work device (such as a laptop) as their personal office space. Taking advantage of this by refining the experience with better collaboration software can be one way to make employees more productive both at home and in a dedicated workplace.
Going forward, Microsoft offers three actions to help companies improve their work environments: “Put employee needs at the center of business strategy,” “Accept and address the hybrid paradox,” valuing both flexibility and human interaction, and “See devices as power plant productivity.