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Google front page scam for one of the biggest games of 2023

The countdown to its launch starfield It’s been around for a few weeks now, since the final release date was confirmed. This is Bethesda’s massive and ambitious new RPG from legendary game designer Todd Howard, which will be the company’s first new IP in decades.

As it seems, cunning people are trying to take advantage of the impatience and fussiness of the players, preparing whole scams. In particular, if someone searched for information about Starfield, PC Gamer reports, in the first place, on the first page of Google results there was an announcement of an Open Beta that should allow those interested to start playing right now.

It appears that Bethesda has not announced any betas. Instead, the page redirected unsuspecting people to a site with a strange URL, which should immediately arouse suspicion with the “View Demo” button. Clicking it will download the .exe file. Which was not the Starfield beta version, but a malware loaded with viruses, which can do a lot of harm to the user and his computer.

The link in question has now been removed after multiple reports were sent to Google, but there were quite a few gamers who clicked on it, as evidenced by Related Reddit posts. This is a good reminder, therefore, be careful with the links and files you download, as malicious pages can be found in the first positions of Google.

At this point, let us remind you that Starfield is expected to debut exclusively on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, as well as on PC via Steam on September 6th. In fact, the game will also be available on the Xbox Game Pass subscription service from day one.

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The game is expected to be huge in terms of size, as Bethesda confirmed that it will eventually include more than 250,000 dialogue sentences! By comparison, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has 60,000 dialogue sentences, while Fallout 4 hit 111,000. At the same time, Starfield will also have a bigger city than what we’ve seen in Skyrim, Oblivion, and Fallout. In case you want to refresh your memory, you can re-watch the first full 15-minute gameplay video released during Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 by clicking here. Finally, you can hear the RPG title’s epic main theme, by Inon Zur, known to fans of Bethesda for his work on Fallout, by clicking here.

For the record, the game was originally set to release on November 11, 2022, and then moved to the first half of 2023. In practice, that means we’re dealing with a third delay.

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