Black Myth: Wukong, an action-adventure game developed by Chinese indie studio Game Science, has been given a new gameplay trailer.
The three-minute video shows off some exciting new combat sequences, beautiful environments, some gross-looking enemies and, of course, some more flashy abilities.
Black Myth seems to be a rendition of the trials and tribulations of Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King, who is a legendary figure in Chinese myth and the main character in a 16th-century novel called Journey to the West.
Alongside the trailer, Game Science added a caption explaining that this doesn’t show a section that will be included in the story of the game, but even so, we do get to see a bunch of new combat moves and fun animations, along with different enemy types and bosses. We can also probably assume that the combat and enemies seen in the trailer will make their way to the final game.
The trailer starts by showing Wukong running through a desert-like area surrounded by dilapidated buildings, and he’s being chased by what appears to be some sort of flying wolf enemies. It goes on to show the player using some new abilities, one which seems to transform the top-half of the character into some big, stony mass with skulls embedded in it which can deflect ranged attacks. We also see some sort of monster using a staff to manipulate lightning and Wukong utilising a spell which can freeze enemies in place, leaving them wide open. The video, which is pegged around celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the Ox, ends with a giant bull demon bursting out from behind a door, seemingly greeting Wukong.
From the gameplay we’ve seen so far, it looks incredibly detailed and realistic. We reported last year that the studio, Game Science, played God of War, Sekiro, and Monster Hunter World during development to learn from the games; suffice it to say the influences are extremely visible. True to Sekiro, the timing of moves looks to be an incredibly important aspect of combat, being the difference between taking a hit right to the face or parrying an attack to leave the enemy wide open for a counter.
We haven’t heard anything new about Wukong since last year when it first gained a lot of attention after its announcement and a 13-minute gameplay trailer was released.
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Amazon, Apple not to charge extra for lossless music
Amazon Music, which so far charged a premium for lossless audio, became the first major music service on Monday to upgrade its subscribers to the format.
Lossless is a higher quality audio format that preserves every detail of the original audio file without compressing the quality while streaming.
American rapper Jay-Z’s Tidal was among the first to roll out the technology, charging $19.99 per month for lossless music.
The e-commerce giant’s Amazon Music Unlimited with lossless music will cost less than half that at the industry standard price of $9.99 per month.
Separately, Apple said subscribers would be able to listen to its entire music catalog of more than 75 million songs by next month in the lossless format at no additional cost.
(Reporting by Eva Mathews and Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)
Cyberattack exposes lack of required defenses on U.S. pipelines
The shutdown of the biggest U.S. fuel pipeline by a ransomware attack highlights a systemic vulnerability: Pipeline operators have no requirement to implement cyber defenses.
The U.S. government has had robust, compulsory cybersecurity protocols for most of the power grid for about 10 years to prevent debilitating hacks by criminals or state actors.
But the country’s 2.7 million miles (4.3 million km) of oil, natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines have only voluntary measures, which leaves security up to the individual operators, experts said.
“Simply encouraging pipelines to voluntarily adopt best practices is an inadequate response to the ever-increasing number and sophistication of malevolent cyber actors,” Richard Glick, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), said.
Protections could include requirements for encryption, multifactor authentication, backup systems, personnel training and segmenting networks so access to the most sensitive elements can be restricted.
FERC’s authority to impose cyber standards on the electric grid came from a 2005 law but it does not extend to pipelines.
Colonial Pipeline, the largest U.S. oil products pipeline and source of nearly half the supply on the East Coast, has been shut since Friday after a ransomware attack the FBI attributed to DarkSide, a group cyber experts believe is based in Russia or Eastern Europe.
The outage has led to higher gasoline prices in the U.S. South and worries about wider shortages and potential price gouging ahead of the Memorial Day holiday.
Colonial did not immediately respond to a query about whether cybersecurity standards should be mandatory.
The American Petroleum Institute lobbying group said it was talking with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Energy Department and others to understand the threat and mitigate risk.
Cyber oversight of pipelines falls to the TSA, an office of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has provided voluntary security guidelines to pipeline companies.
The General Accountability Office, the congressional watchdog, said in a 2019 report that the TSA only had six full-time employees in its pipeline security branch through 2018, which limited the office’s reviews of cybersecurity practices.
The TSA said it has since expanded staff to 34 positions on pipeline and cybersecurity. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it supports mandatory protections.
When asked by reporters whether the Biden administration would put in place rules, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said it was discussing administrative and legislative options to “raise the cyber hygiene across the country.”
President Joe Biden is hoping Congress will pass a $2.3 billion infrastructure package, and pipeline requirements could be put into that legislation. But experts said there was no quick fix.
“The hard part is who do you tell what to do and what do you tell them to do,” Christi Tezak, an analyst at ClearView Energy Partners, said.
U.S. Representatives Fred Upton, a Republican, and Bobby Rush, a Democrat, said on Wednesday they have reintroduced legislation requiring the Department of Energy to ensure the security of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. Such legislation could get folded into a wider bill.
The power grid is regulated by FERC, and mostly organized into nonprofit regional organizations. That made it relatively easy for legislators to put forward the 2005 law that allows FERC to approve mandatory cyber measures.
A range of public and private companies own pipelines. They mostly operate independently and lack a robust federal regulator.
Their oversight falls under different laws depending on what they carry. Products include crude oil, fuels, water, hazardous liquids and – potentially – carbon dioxide for burial underground to control climate change. This diversity could make it harder for legislators to impose a unified requirement.
Tristan Abbey, a former aide to Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski who worked at the White House national security council under former President Donald Trump, said Congress is both the best and worst way to tackle the problem.
“Legislation may be necessary when jurisdiction is ambiguous and agencies lack resources,” said Abbey, now president of Comarus Analytics LLC.
But a bill should not be seen as a magic wand, he said.
“Standards may be part of the answer, but federal regulations need to mesh with state requirements without stifling innovation.”
(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Marguerita Choy)
U.S. senator asks firms about sales of hard disk drives to Huawei
A senior Republican U.S. senator on Tuesday asked the chief executives of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Seagate Technology, and Western Digital Corp if the companies are improperly supplying Huawei with foreign-produced hard disk drives.
Senator Roger Wicker, the ranking member of the Commerce Committee, said a 2020 U.S. Commerce Department regulation sought to “tighten Huawei’s ability to procure items that are the direct product of specified U.S. technology or software, such as hard disk drives.”
He said he was engaged “in a fact-finding process… about whether leading global suppliers of hard disk drives are complying” with the regulation.
(Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)
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