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Yakuza Combat Will Forward Be Turn-Based Going

Following the reveal of Lost Judgment, an interview with Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio director Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa has surfaced on IGN. Lost Judgment brings Ryu Ga Gotoku back to its action-combat roots, leaving many fans to wonder if that meant the Yakuza series would also return to that style following last year's Yakuza: Like a Dragon.Speaking to IGN, Nagoshi and Hosokawa confirmed that the Judgment series will carry on the studio's action style of gameplay, while Yakuza will continue to evolve as a turn-based RPG. "The Yakuza series has been transformed into a turn-based RPG," they told IGN. "On the other hand, over the years, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has accumulated resources and know-how of making flashy and exhilarating action games that are effortless to enjoy. We decided that we should let our signature action gameplay live on through Lost Judgment." Yakuza: Like a Dragon's turn-based combat Romain Mahut of GameBlog was in attendance at a virtual "Judgment Day" event that followed the Lost Judgment reveal and asked if the studio considered using turn-based combat similar to that of Yakuza: Like a Dragon for Lost Judgment. "For Yakuza: Like a Dragon, we changed the game's battle system from action into a turn-based RPG," Nagoshi said in response. "This was a huge challenge for us, but it was well-received, which we were thrilled to hear. We did discuss the possibility of developing that battle system further for our next title, and while we may pursue the turn-based system even outside the Yakuza series, the conclusion we ended up at was that because this is a different series, the best approach would be to keep them separate and refine what makes each series great. It's my hope that our customers feel the same way we do. That's why we chose 'action' as an important keyword for the Judgment series.  Nagoshi also said on the Judgment Day video he believes that, when possible, a simultaneous global launch is "the right way to go" and that the team has "determined to make every effort to support this for all [its] games moving forward." This is significant as the Yakuza series has a long tradition of Western versions releasing years after the Japanese version. Following the success of Yakuza 0 in the West, the release windows have narrowed, but Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which debuted last year, still had a 10-month gap between the Japanese and worldwide releases. Lost Judgment's action-oriented combat Yakuza: Like a Dragon is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, while Lost Judgment comes to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 24. For more on what we thought about Yakuza: Like a Dragon, check out our review here. For more on the history of the Yakuza series, read our retrospective featuring interviews with Nagoshi and other members of the team here. For more information on Nagoshi's career, you can read our profile on him here. [Source: IGN, Sega of America on YouTube]

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    Microsoft email server flaws exploited to hack at the very least 30,000 US organizations

    The emergency security patch Microsoft rolled out a couple of days ago to repair four zero-day flaws in trade Server didn’t deter the hacking group that has been exploiting them. Actually, in accordance with Krebs on Security and Wired , the the Chinese state-sponsored group dubbed Hafnium ramped and automated its campaign following the patch premiered up. In america, the combined group infiltrated at the very least 30,000 organizations using Exchange to process email, including police departments, hospitals, local governments, banks, credit unions, telecommunications and non-profits providers. Worldwide, the amount of victims is in the thousands reportedly.

    “Just about everybody who’s running self-hosted Outlook Web Access and wasn’t patched by a couple of days ago got hit with a zero-day attack,” a source told Krebs . A former national security official Wired talked to said a large number of servers are receiving compromised each hour all over the world. When Microsoft announced its emergency patch, it credited security firm Volexity for notifying it about Hafnium’s activities. Volexity president Steven Adair now said that even organizations that patched their servers on your day Microsoft’s security update premiered could have still been compromised. 

    Further, the patch is only going to fix the Exchange Server vulnerabilities – those already compromised will still need to take away the backdoor the group planted within their systems. Hafnium is exploiting the flaws to plant “web shells” within their victims’ servers, providing them with administrative access they can use to steal information. In accordance with Krebs , Adair along with other security experts come to mind about the chance for the intruders installing additional backdoors because the victims work to eliminate the people already set up. 

    Microsoft clarified right away these exploits have nothing in connection with SolarWinds. Having said that, Hafnium’s activities’ may dwarf the SolarWinds attacks with regards to the amount of victims. Authorities believe around 18,000 entities were suffering from the SolarWinds’ breach, since that has been the amount of customers that downloaded the software’s malicious update. As Wired notes, though, Hafnium’s activities concentrate on small and medium organizations, where in fact the SolarWinds hackers infiltrated tech giants and large US government agencies. 

    When asked concerning the situation, Microsoft told Krebs that it is working closely with the united states Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, and also other government security and agencies companies, to supply its customers “additional mitigation and investigation guidance.”

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