CD Projekt Red revealed today that an “unidentified individual or individuals” have gained access to internal files for the developer’s upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077, and are threatening to release them if CD Projekt Red doesn’t pay a ransom. The developer announced it has no intention of paying the ransom, which means the Cyberpunk 2077 files may soon be shared with the public.
The announcement came by way of CD Projekt Red’s Twitter account, where the developer explained the situation. Apparently, the files stolen are old and “largely unrepresentative of the current vision for the game.” With that in mind, CD Projekt Red asked fans of the company to avoid any leaked info about the game as a result of the ransom.
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) June 8, 2017
In regards to how CD Projekt Red is handling the situation, the company had this to say in its official statement:
“We will not be giving in to the demands of the individual or individuals that have contacted us, which might eventually lead to the files being published online. The appropriate legal authorities will be informed about the situation.”
After the resounding success of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, gamers have been clamoring for more information about Cyberpunk 2077. The Witcher 3 received numerous awards, including taking home the Game of the Year award from The Game Awards. Many gamers have little doubt Cyberpunk 2077 will live up to the hype.
CD Projekt Red is well-known for creating compelling stories with interesting and unique characters. That strong record has helped CD Projekt Red set high expectations for the gaming industry. In fact, since the release of The Witcher 3, the game has become the standard that gamers and critics use when reviewing new RPG games.
So far, CD Projekt Red has been fairly close to the vest about Cyberpunk 2077, keeping many of the game’s details under wraps. That said, the company claims the game will be “better, bigger, [and] more revolutionary” than any game it’s created before, including The Witcher 3. In fact, the company sees the upcoming shooter RPG as a big leap in immersion, much like gamers experienced with The Witcher 3.
Hopefully, the thieves will see the error of their ways, and decide not to release the Cyberpunk 2077 files they obtained from the developer. If they do release the files, it will be interesting to see how CD Projekt Red reacts and if it causes the company to move up their timeline for revealing details about the game.
Cyberpunk 2077 is currently in development with no official release date.
Source: CD Projekt Red – Twitter