Valve bans Cities: Skylines modder for malicious malware

Today: Sega is trying to find its own take on NFTs and the metaverse —  Former CD Projekt RED developers want to revolutionize RPGs — The third Sonic the Hedgehog movie is already in development

Warning after Cities: Skylines mod spreads malware

No Chaos collection by Steam user Crete

Valve has banned a modder for including malicious code in Cities: Skylines mods, and although no keyloggers were found Valve still recommends unsubscribing from the offending mods immediately.

The modder went by the aliases Holy Water and Chaos, and the malicious mods were simply copies of popular mods that had been modified and reuploaded as original works.

  • Harmony (redesigned) needs to be removed
  • Network Extensions 3 removal can break save files
  • Alternate mods may be able to “rescue cities” from mod
  • Malicious code was obscured to prevent discovery

Mod PSA: “We recommend in the strongest possible terms that you unsubscribe from all items published by this author and do not subscribe, download, or install any mods, from any source, that may be published by this individual in future,” reads a statement on Reddit.

Unsubscribe: A user called Crete put together a Steam Workshop collection named No Chaos to help users quickly identify the malicious mods and unsubscribe from them.

What fighting game used the controversial Thrill Kill as a basis?

a) Def Jam: Fight for NY
b) Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style
c) Mortal Kombat 4
d) Bushido Blade

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Sega ponders NFTs and metaverse

SEGA logo

A recent investor Q&A session reveals that Sega Sammy Holdings are keeping an eye on NFTs and the so-called metaverse.

“There are various interpretations about Metaverse, but as a game publisher, first of all, we think that the starting point for us is to provide a game that can be appreciated by users,” it stated.

’Meta pool’: Sega has clearly seized the opportunity to define the metaverse in its own terms, saying it sees it as a way to create communities of not just gamers “but also non-game participants, such as the viewers,” and a way to reach audiences that are not strictly speaking users.

Cautious: “As for NFT, we feel the potential in the future, and we are proceeding the studies about it, including potential adoption to business in mind,” although they are careful to note that the most important thing is that it “will be accepted by users”.

Rebel Wolves studio founded by former CD Projekt veterans and game director

Rebel Wolves concept artwork

Former The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 developers from CD Projekt RED have set up a new studio called Rebel Wolves.

“We want to create amazing virtual worlds, filled to the brim with powerful emotions and unique experiences.” Its first project is a “AAA, dark fantasy RPG”, the first game in what the studio hopes to grow into a major epic using Unreal Engine 5.

Rebel wolf: Konrad Tomaszkiewicz founded Rebel Wolves after working at CD Projekt for 17 years, most notably acting as game director on the legendary The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

RPG gamers: The studio's mission is simply put to “revolutionize the RPG genre,” and create a work environment where “developers can thrive, united by a common goal and a sense of camaraderie.” The game is planned for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. 

Amazon PS4 and Nintendo Switch deals

Amazon.co.uk store page for Monster Hunter Stories 2

Still got a PlayStation 4 hooked up? Then you might appreciate some bargains from Amazon.co.uk, like Cyberpunk 2077 at £18.94, or Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes Of An Elusive Age – Definitive Edition at £14.95 (-57%).

If you're looking for something to stuff into your Nintendo, then check out Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin for £29.97 (-40%).

  • Puzzle & Dragons is coming to Switch, just in time for the game's 10th anniversary
  • Switch online subscribers can check out Nintendo Switch Sports between February 18th and 20th
  • Hello Games reveals details from the upcoming No Man's Sky Sentinel Update 3.8 which overhauls effects, introduces new camo tech, tougher mechs, and much more
  • The third Sonic The Hedgehog movie is in active development alongside a new live-action series coming to Paramount+
  • Live-action adaptation of BioShock coming to Netflix in partnership with 2K Games although there is no release date yet

What fighting game used the controversial Thrill Kill as a basis?

A 4 player brawl in Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style with fighters Ghost, Suang Dao, Wuji, and Shrui Shan

ANSWER: Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style!

Thrill Kill was scrapped because it earned the dreaded AO rating, but you know what they say: Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. The developers simply reused the engine and other code to make Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style.

It kept the 4 player brawls and violent fatalities from Thrill Kill, but replaced the rogue's gallery of edge lords with everyone's favorite rappers instead. Even so, Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style is probably most famous for a limited edition controller in the shape of the Wu-Tang logo. Not particularly comfortable, but also ain't nothing to eff with.

120GB to download Total War Warhammer 3, can someone send us another SSD?

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